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Hermit's Cell


(Tigh nan Cuildich)

Located in N Central Iona, in the Inner Hebrides, the Hermit's Cell (Gael: Tigh nan Cuildich, meaning 'House of the Culdees') lies amongst the rolling hillocks a half-mile (1 km) northwest of Baile Mor. Oval in shape, with its entrance to the south, it extends to 6.4m (21 feet) by 4.6m (15 feet). Records suggest Culdees lived on Iona in 1164, so this may indeed be the remains of an ancient building, although equally the name may be a romantic Victorian extrapolation for a structure which was actually built as a shieling associated with a sheep or cattle pen.


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