Standing above the kieve is the Hermitage, built upon the site of the original hermit cell and chapel established by Saint Nectan. It is thought that some 1500 years ago, in this small chamber cut into the rock face, Saint Nectan would have prayed. To this day it is still used as a quiet place for personal reflection and prayer, where visitors leave a token as a special memory to loved ones or as an act of worship. The building that now houses the hermit cell dates to the 1860s and incorporates an early Christian chapel in the lower part of its walls.
Don’t be shy or spooked by this little room; It’s a serene and cosy space to visit, so come in and light a candle, say a prayer, meditate a while and embrace your inner calm.