Keills Chapel

Keills Chapel © David Gill
Keills Chapel © David Gill

Keills Chapel was formerly the parish church of Knapdale and probably dates back to the 12th century. It was in regular use until the late 17th century.

For the later associated chapel at Kilmory see here.

Keills Chapel © David Gill
Keills Chapel © David Gill

The chapel was placed in state guardianship in 1972, and is now maintained by Historic Scotland.

Keills Chapel © David Gill
Keills Chapel © David Gill

The chapel contains an important collection of gravestones.

Keills Cross © David Gill
Keills Cross © David Gill

One of the most important pieces is the Keills cross (and a replica stands on the hillside above the church) [see Canmore for the record]. It probably dates to the 8th or 9th centuries, suggesting earlier origins of the Christian community at the spot.

Further details of Keills (and with associated walks) can be found in The Footsteps of Kings.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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