Cill An Alein

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:

Cill an Ailein Cill an Ailein

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):

Cill an Ailein

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