Loch Shiel and Eilean Fhianain

Loch Shiel is a fresh water loch. Our objective was the historic burial ground and ruined chapel of Saint Finnan on Eilean Fhianain. We set off from Acharachle for a there-and-back trip. The burial ground is one of the oldest in Europe and very atmospheric. The Island is the site of Saint Finnan's cell and is one of the earliest Christian sites following Saint Columba's arrival in Scotland. There are many ancient graves around the ruined chapel on this tiny island. We spent a fascinating hour or two exploring Eilean Fhianain. The gravestone with the skeleton carving has an inscription and the two stone crosses are very weathered. The island was the burial place of Clan Ranald until the end of the 16th century.