Cill an Ailean

Cill an Ailean means the Chapel of the Beautiful Place. The remains of this ancient chapel and burial ground are located on the slopes of Glen Aros, on the island of Mull.

A 19th century dry-stone wall encircles the burial ground, but the remains within date back to medieval times.  The oldest surviving remains belong to the chapel. Its rectangular outline is still visible today. Carved sandstone fragments of part of the window or door are datable by their design to the 13th century.

The name Cill an Ailean, however, suggests an even older age for the chapel grounds. The Gaelic pre-fix Cill is old and could date it back to before 800 A.D. However, there is no written or archaeological evidence to prove this as yet.

Historians think that the chapel was originally dedicated to the Irish St Fillan, believed to have miraculous healing powers.

Visiting Cil an Ailean

The exact location of Cil an Ailean is grid reference NM 546 456.

You can view the site from the woodland walk at Glen Aros.

All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.

Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.