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Celtic Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 11 Celtic sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Roman Baths
    Bath, England
    Dedicated to the Celtic-Roman goddess Sulis Minerva, these ancient Roman baths are still fed by a sacred hot spring. There is also a fine museum of artifacts discovered at the site.
  • Clonmacnoise
    County Offaly, Ireland
    The extensive ruins include a cathedral, castle, round tower, numerous churches, two important high crosses, and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs on display in the museum.
  • Gallarus Oratory
    County Kerry, Ireland
    This beautifully simple stone church was built and used by local farmers of the area at an early date, estimates of which generally range from the 6th century to the 9th century.
  • Glendalough
    County Wicklow, Ireland
    This ancient monastic settlement in a spectacular natural setting was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk (d.618). Its extensive ruins include several churches and a graceful round tower.
  • Hill of Tara
    County Meath, Ireland
    The Teamhair na Rí ("Hill of the King") is a stretch of grassy landscape that has played a central role in Ireland's history, legend, and folklore.
  • Iona Abbey
    Western Isles, Scotland
    The Irish missionary St. Columba established a monastery on the island of Iona in 563 AD, from which Celtic Christianity spread throughout Scotland. Today it hosts the ecumenical Iona Community.
  • Lindisfarne
    England
    On this tidal island off the northeast coast of England, a monastery was founded in the 7th century by St. Aidan of Iona. Today it is a center for Celtic Christianity, a place for spiritual retreats, and a popular tourist destination.
  • Riasc Monastic Settlement
    County Kerry, Ireland
    This remote site on the Dingle Peninsula is home to impressive ruins of a 6th-century monastery and an important carved stone.
  • Skellig Michael
    County Kerry, Ireland
    From 588 to 1100 AD, this dramatic rocky island hosted the tiny beehive huts of hermit monks.
  • St. Non's Chapel
    St Davids, Wales
    This small chapel ruin is picturesquely located in a field above St. Non's Bay on the Welsh coast. It is said to mark the site where St. Non gave birth to St. David around 500 AD.
  • St. Non's Well
    St Davids, Wales
    Said to have sprung up when St. Non gave birth to St. David around 500 AD, this holy well has long been believed to have healing properties.