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TITLE
Balnakeil Church and Graveyard
EXTERNAL ID
HC_PLANNING_07_019_0678
PLACENAME
Durness
DISTRICT
Eddrachillis & Durness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Durness
DATE OF IMAGE
1981
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
T. Kenneth MacKenzie
SOURCE
The Highland Council Planning Department
ASSET ID
15471
KEYWORDS
churches
buildings
ruins
religion
poets
graves
Balnakeil Church and Graveyard

The ruined church of Balnakeil stands at the western end of Balnakeil Bay. It was said to have been founded by St Mealrubha in 722 although the ruins standing today date from 1619. To the south of the church lies a mass grave for the victims of the emigrant ship, 'Canton', which sunk of Faraid Head in 1849 with the loss of all lives. A rather more prominent memorial stands in the churchyard to the memory of the Gaelic poet Robb Donn Mackay.

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Balnakeil Church and Graveyard

SUTHERLAND: Durness

1980s

churches; buildings; ruins; religion; poets; graves

The Highland Council Planning Department

The Highland Council Planning Dept

The ruined church of Balnakeil stands at the western end of Balnakeil Bay. It was said to have been founded by St Mealrubha in 722 although the ruins standing today date from 1619. To the south of the church lies a mass grave for the victims of the emigrant ship, 'Canton', which sunk of Faraid Head in 1849 with the loss of all lives. A rather more prominent memorial stands in the churchyard to the memory of the Gaelic poet Robb Donn Mackay.