Praying the Keeills Week 2024

18th – 25th May

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Praying the Keeills - on the Isle of Man


PRAYING THE KEEILLS week 2024. Saturday 18th - Saturday 25th May 2024.

We are delighted to announce that Praying the Keeills week 2024 will take place on the Isle of Man between Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th May.

To see our programme for 2024 please download it through this link: 2024 Praying the Keeills leaflet .

Each of our 12 activities for May 2024 has been loaded as an individual event onto the calendar.

We hope you will be able to join in person to share together as we journey on foot, by car and public transport visiting keeills and exploring other sacred sites, learning about our Celtic and spiritual heritage and sharing fun and fellowship. Follow us on Facebook.


What's on during Praying the Keeills week in 2024?

Related events throughout the year

The ancient keeill sites are often found in areas of particular natural beauty and in such surroundings it is a common experience to sense something of the presence of God. Why not set aside some time to join in this special week?

2024 will be our 19th year! We are planning a variety of events across the Island, including day-time and evenings walks of varied lengths, music, an evening coach trip, refreshments, and lots of fellowship. For those with lots of energy, the week will begin and end with all-day walks!

Keeill sites on the Isle of Man

Keeills served a variety of purposes - family chapels, wayside shrines, places of retreat and hermitage. There have perhaps been as many as 250, but remains, or known sites, survive for less than half this number.

The keeills were small buildings of earth and stone, very rarely bigger than 3 metres by 5 metres internally, and now survive to a height of less than a metre.

None of the remains can be shown to be older than the eighth century, but the sites and burials can date back to the sixth century, or earlier. If you have a favourite keeill and it's not shown here, let us know!