Isle of Man Churches & Keeils

by 7th, July 2022, 08:15pm

Isle of Man Attractions - Churches & Keeils


Part of the Isle of Man's rich heritage - from parish churches which perform an important role in Island life to derelict keeils in the countryside.


Each parish on the Isle of Man, of which there are 17, has traditionally had its own church. Often the parish is named after the church; for example Kirk Braddan.

Around the Island, you can find these parish churches along with many other chapels. 

Ancient Keeills, small derelict churches often built in the early medieval period, are commonplace in the countryside. 

The first ones that were built were probably made of mud and wattle, and so will have long since disappeared, whereas those that remain as ruins generally have earth walls lined inside with stone. They typically measure five metres by three metres.

One of these is Lag ny Keeilley which sits in an isolated spot along an old pack horse route on the west coast of the island.



  Discover Some of Our Churches & Keeils


Lag ny Keeilley

Set on a platform and difficult to access, the keeill hasn't been used since the early 19th century.

 Dalby Mountain Moorland Nature Reserve, A27 Eary Cushlin, Patrick, Isle of Man
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Onchan Parish Church / St. Peter's Church

The present parish church was erected in 1833 to replace an earlier building which dated from around the 12th century.

Church Rd., Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1BF
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Rushen Abbey

Rushen Abbey, or of the Abbey of St. Mary of Russin, is situated on the western bank of the Silverburn river -close by the village of Ballasalla.

Mill Road, Ballasalla, Isle of Man, IM9 3DB
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Spooyt Vane/ Cabbal Pherick

This keeill stands just north of the Spooyt Vane waterfall, in which it is said a priest drowned some years ago.

Glen Mooar, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man
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St Michael's Chapel (remains)

St Michael's Chapel is a stone-built, Norse-Celtic chapel, dedicated to St. Michael and dating from around the 12th century.

St Michael's Isle, 2 Langness, Ballasalla, Isle of Man
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St Patrick's Church (remains)

In 1962 excavations inside the Church revealed it had three stages of development.

St. Patrick's Isle, Peel, Isle of Man
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