Cille Bharra

Eoligarry, Isle Of Barra, Outer Hebrides, HS9 5YD

Type:Monuments & Ruins

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It was after the Saint that the Norsemen gave the island the name of Barray. The largest building on the site was the church, and, although it has lost its gable ends, the top of the door with its distinctively Irish inward- sloping jambs can be seen in the north wall. Narrow splayed windows in the surviving walls are similarly triangular at the top on the inside, but rounded on the outside face. After the church fell into disrepair it was partially filled with soil and used for burials.

The best preserved building on the site is the north chapel and inside this can be seen a full-size replica of an elaborate Norse rune stone which was found in the cemetery in 1865. On one side the runic inscription reads:"After Thorgerth, Steiner's daughter, this cross was raised", whilst on the other is an elaborate Celtic cross with plaited interlace. There are also three 16th century grave-slabs in this chapel believed to have once covered the graves of Macneils or their near relatives.

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What's Nearby

  1. Elecampan (Inula Helenium) is a tall yellow cultivated flower, now growing wild.

    0.19 miles away
  2. Ophioglossum vulgatum.- Very small fern 3cm tall

    0.44 miles away
  3. Traigh Eais is sandy beach over a mile long, bordered on the east side by a extensive…

    0.72 miles away
  1. Great beach for a family outing or a quiet walk.

    0.88 miles away
  2. Primula vulgaris
    Magnificent display of a common species

    0.92 miles away
  3. Traigh Mhor is the beach where the plane lands - the only scheduled plane landing that…

    1.04 miles away
  4. This beautiful beach is the spectacular site of Barra’s amazing airport – but only at low…

    1.22 miles away
  5. Bog bean (Menyanthes Triolaiata). This lovely flower, often overlooked, can be found in…

    2.6 miles away
  6. A great beach for all the family or a quiet walk. At low tide there are caves to explore…

    2.66 miles away
  7. Platanthera bifolia
    This delicate coloured orchid, becoming quite rare, can be found at …

    3.21 miles away
  8. Built in 2000 for Barra & Vatersay Housing Association (now part of HHP) by Ben Tindall…

    3.25 miles away
  9. Drosera intermedia. - Insectivorous plant found in marshy ground

    3.51 miles away
  10. A well preserved iron age galleried dun situated on hill to the east of Cuier cemetery

    3.55 miles away
  11. This ferry route runs from Eriskay to the north end of Barra. White-tailed eagles, golden…

    3.58 miles away
  12. Watch the seals laze on the rocks off shore - you may even catch them coming for a cheeky…

    3.85 miles away
  13. A path leads into the interior of Barra with views over Heaval, the islands highest peak.…

    3.99 miles away
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