9.6 Northton Chapel, Toe Peninsula, South Harris
Northton Chapel faces south across the Sound of Harris looking towards the Uists. It sits on a small headland – Rubh’ an Teampull – at the foot of Ceapabhal hill.
The chapel is in a stunning location and is reached by a 2.5km walk across grassland.
The chapel is late medieval and was built on the site of an Iron Age broch (round stone building) which measured 16.5 metres in diameter. The church was probably built re-using some of the same stones. It has a window in each of the four walls. The wall at the east end has two niches where religious vessels were kept. There are remains of a graveyard surrounding the ruined church.
Nearby, archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest known settlement in the Outer Hebrides which dates back 9,000 years.
The village of Northton is home to the Seallam Visitor Centre which houses the genealogical research centre for the Western Isles.
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