Kilmun Through the Ages

Kilmun and The Holy Loch have been attracting people for over 3,000 years. They've always been good places to live and visit, but Kilmun also became important as a spiritual centre when St Munn chose it as the location of his monastic settlement around 1,500 years ago. Much of interest that has happened to Kilmun has flowed from this decision. Even the name Kilmun means 'Church of St Munn'. We've included a brief timeline here - for more information, take a look at this comprehensive PDF timeline.

3000 BC

Neolithic and, later, Bronze Age settlements around the Holy Loch.

Late 500s

Munn founds a monastic settlement at Kilmun.


The church at Kilmun is recorded in charters from Paisley Abbey.


The Pope grants the Abbot of Kilmun the right to wear a bishop’s mitre and ring, signifying that he was an influential spiritual figure.


Duncan Campbell endows the church to say prayers for him and his family. Collegiate church established.


Church building sacked by the Lamonts in a feud with the Campbells, sparked by the National Covenant struggle. Church left in a ‘wholly ruinous state’.


Extensive repairs to the church completed, leaving a single-storey building (shown in sketches from the early 19th century).


Ian Campbell, Lord Lorne (later 9th Duke of Argyll) improves the mausoleum.