On the road north from Craignure to Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull, lies the small village of Aros. To its northwest, is the Forestry Commission track to Ledmore and Lettermore. A short walk into the forest can be found Cill an Alein (sometimes spelt Ailein), a ruined medieval chapel standing in one corner of a burial ground. In the burial ground lie the old bones which, as they fidget, settle and turn in their unquiet graves, encourage the headstones to examine life from a different angle:
The Chapel dates from the 13th century, although the site may have been used as a place of worship since even earlier times. A recent tweet from Steve Carter, who lives at Shieldaig, got me thinking: “So… lichen grows 1 inch every 100 years. I give you the 1st World War: OldLichen & Mary Queen of Scots: OlderLichen“. (I recommend looking at his website – photography is just one of his serious talents).
… when does this one date from (this section of a headstone is about 2 feet across):
(click on the images to enlarge)