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Skye, Bile Chapel, Torvaig

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Skye, Bile Chapel, Torvaig

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 11289

Site Number NG44SE 1

NGR NG 4972 4430

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Portree
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NG44SE 1 4972 4430.

NG 4972 4430. Bile Chapel (NR) (In ruins)

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Bile Chapel ... the remains of a small church surrounded by a burial ground, occasionally used until recently. The building, of stone and shell lime and oblong on plan, runs ENE-WSW, measures internally 26ft 9ins long and is 13ft 6ins broad. The walling is 2ft 9ins thick rising to a height of 4-5ft at the ends and from 2-3ft on the sides. The door seems to have been near the W end of the SE wall.

RCAHMS 1928.

Bile Chapel exists as described, moss and nettle-covered and completely neglected. The unfenced graveyard is in a similar condition and unused.

Visited by OS (C F W) 21 April 1961.


Measured Survey (May 2007)

NG 4972 4430 A survey of the site of Bile chapel at Torvaig N of Portree was carried out in May 2007. A 1:200 scale plan was drawn of the chapel. The chapel is a small rectangular structure oriented ENE/WSW. It measures 8.2m x 4m internally and the walls are c0.90m thick. The doorway may have been in the W end of the S wall. The interior of the chapel is filled with loose stone which may be tumble from the walls.

Funder: The Hunter Archaeological Trust and the University of Glasgow’s Faculty of Arts Graduate School Research Support Fund.


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