Killelton Church


Killelton Church – from Cill Eillín (the Church of Eillín)Camp, Co Kerry


This is a small stone church or oratory with an earth binding between the stones. Little survive but a narrow west doorway which would originally have been lintelled, and the remains of an east window. It may date from about the 10th or 11th centuries. The roof of the oratory is likely to have been wood as the inner faces of its side walls do not slope inwards as would be necessary for a corbelled stone wall. Excavation showed that the church was built over a habitation site and that the interior was used in recent times for the burial of infants. The area to the south of the church was used for adult burial up to about the middle of the 19th century. The two ruined rectangular structures, one to the west and one to the north of the church,are of more recent date and may be the remains of post medieval houses or byres.Nearby are the remains of a deserted village sprea along the line of the old Dingle road.

Getting To Kilelton Oratory :,-9.8917774/Castlegregory/-   Park safelyat the road side and you then have a 1.3km walk along the Dingle Way in the direction of Tralee. Beautiful walk and views but can be a little muddy at time depending on weather.