Balnakeil Church

Founded in 722 by St. Maelrubha, the present building dates from 1619.

The tomb built into the niche on the south wall of the church is said to be the last resting-place of a famous local villain, Donald MacMurdo, known as Domhnull MacMhurchaidh, responsible for at least eighteen murders.

There are a number of interesting 18th and 19th century gravestones, notably the large stone to the Anderson’s of Keoldale.

A raised area to the south is the massed grave of the victims of the “Canton”, an emigrant ship which sank with the loss of all lives off Faraid Head in 1849.

A monument is in memory of Rob Donn Calder or Mackay, a noted Gaelic poet.

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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 3℃ to 3.7℃ with wind speed 9.1 m/sec (SW)
Tuesday, Mar 28cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.9℃ to 3.5℃ with wind speed 6.8 m/sec (SSW)
Wednesday, Mar 29rain
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Thursday, Mar 30partlycloudy_night
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Friday, Mar 31partlycloudy_night
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Saturday, Apr 01rain
Expect a temp in the range 6.3℃ to 6.6℃ with wind speed 10.9 m/sec (ENE)
Sunday, Apr 02clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (ESE)

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