Friday, June 01, 2007

Clochain (beehive) cells on Eileach an Naoimh

The beehive cells of Eileach an Naoimh

Continuing round the north end of Eileach an Naoimh in the Garvellachs we travelled down the east coast past the natural rock arch of An Clarsach. Not long afterwards we spotted the best preserved beehive cells in Scotland. They were built and used by generations of Celtic Christian monks who followed St Brendan of Clonfert who had arrived on the Garvellachs in AD 524.

The monastery was sacked by the Vikings in the early 10th century and today the only inhabitants of these ancient walls were these tiny ferns.


  1. Such an austere place and life-style. It's a wonder what the Vikings found to plunder. Interesting post, thanks!

  2. Hello Michael, the Vikings had already plundered the rich monasteries and cathedrals of Britain's east coast. Maybe they thought these simple religious buildings also held treasures.