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Scottish Gaelic: Cille Chonaill
Kirkconnel is located in Dumfries and Galloway
 Kirkconnel shown within Dumfries and Galloway
Language English
OS grid reference NS7311
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Lieutenancy area Dumfries
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sanquhar
Postcode district DG4
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Scottish Parliament Dumfriesshire
List of places

Coordinates: 55°23′13″N 4°00′02″W / 55.387009°N 4.000611°W / 55.387009; -4.000611

Kirkconnel (Gaelic: Cille Chonaill) is a small parish and town in Dumfries and Galloway, southwestern Scotland. It is located on the A76 near the head of Nithsdale. Kirkconnel led a more quiet existence than neighboring towns like Sanquhar. Principally it has been a farming community. There are few buildings of any significance. The name comes from The Church of Saint Conal. In 1850 the village had only a single street 400 yards long. Next to Kirkconnel is a separate village called Kelloholm.

It is also wrongly associated with the ballad Helen of Kirconnel.


The early church and settlement were situated at the foot of Kirkland Hill on the drove road from Ayrshire to Lanarkshire, which followed the steep incline beside the Glenaylmer Burn. Whether Saint Conal was an Irish monk or the son of a local shepherd befriended and educated by Glasgow’s Saint Mungo, Christianity came early to this part of Nithsdale. A Celtic cross, erected in 1880 by the Duke of Buccleuch at the instigation of the minister, the Rev. John Donaldson, marks the reputed burial place of Saint Conal. From the neighborhood of the cross, on a clear day, can be seen the churches at Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Kirkbride, all associated with Saint Conal.

St Conal's Church is one of the oldest church sites in Southern Scotland with archaeological remains dating to the 9th century and the present foundations of a church dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Life changed dramatically for this small town in the 1890s when a coal pit was opened at Fauldheld. Coal had always been mined in the district before, but never in large quantities. From then on coal dominated the life of the little town. The coal industry moved away in recent decades, and with it much of the population.


The A76 road runs through the area. Kirkconnel is served by bus routes 221 and 246.[1]

Kirkconnel is served by Kirkconnel railway station on the Glasgow South Western Line.

Notable people[edit]


Kirkconnel, A Pictorial History, Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society.

External links[edit]

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Helen Of Kirkconnel

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Mavisbank Footpath, Kirkconnel

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Kirkconnel Railway Station, Dumfries & Galloway

Kirkconnel Railway Station was opened in 1850 and has remained open ever since due to its isolated position in the Nith Valley. It is on the old G&SWR line ...

Helen of Kirkconnel

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1346 news items

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:05:08 -0700

THERE has been more misery for opencast workers at a site near Kirkconnel this week after being told they will not be paid, leaving them in limbo. Opencast operator Hargreaves have told their staff at Glenmuckloch that whilst they are still employed by ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 11:03:55 -0700

WORK at an opencast near Kirkconnel has stopped mining as bosses plan their next step. Hargreaves have confirmed that work at its Glenmuckloch site has been suspended and the Chronicle understands that staff have now been moved over to the House ...

BBC News

BBC News
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:13:18 -0800

Flooding at Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway has affected trains running between Glasgow and Carlisle. ScotRail said replacement buses were put in place to and from Kilmarnock. West coast train services are already badly affected by ongoing works ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:26:21 -0700

A tricky trip to Kirkconnel to face Kello awaits Wilson's side this afternoon and they might have to do without top scorer Kevin Adam who displaced his shoulder in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Girvan. But the laid-back gaffer insists all the strain ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 01:27:52 -0700

Among those lost are some which weren't on the original list, including the Kirkconnel to Dumfries and the Leadhills to Dumfries services and Annan and Stranraer town routes. Money will also be saved by cutting some Sunday and evening routes on the 383 ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Sat, 02 Jan 2016 04:08:32 -0800

A BID has been submitted to the Scottish Government for a new pumped strorage hydro at an opencast site near Kirkconnel. Glenmuckloch opencast has had a proposal submitted to create the Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) Ltd, a joint venture ...

Carrick Herald

Carrick Herald
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 01:17:23 -0700

BUS certain services in Girvan and Kirkconnel will no longer run on Sundays or after 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It is understood the decision has been made by 'Swestrans' who will choose what bus links will get the axe in Dumfries and Galloway and ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:56:15 -0700

He said: “An ambulance from Kirkconnel was at my house within 10 minutes of my wife phoning 999 but, because they have a shortage of staff, there was only one paramedic so another ambulance with two staff had to come from Dumfries. “When Anne ...

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