Project Description

Chapel Hill, Balladoole – Keeill Vael

With traces of Mesolithic occupation and a Bronze Age burial, this site developed as a small, defended Iron Age fort with commanding views over the south of the Island and further north.  A 9th-century AD pagan Viking ship burial (marked with white stones) was placed on top of earlier Christian graves at the highest point of the hill. At the SW end of the hill is a well-preserved keeill on a square platform dedicated to St Michael – Keeill Vael, probably a Norse Christian rebuild and rededication of an earlier chapel. More information at Chapel Hill, Balladoole (Keeil Vael)