Trinity Chapel (Teampull na Trionaid)
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Battle of Cairinis
The chapel is signposted on the A865 at Carinish (Cairinis). A small parking area leads to a boardwalk across Feith na Fala (Ditch of Blood) and then on towards the chapel. The ditch is signposted on both sides, with the date 1601, and the title Blar Chairinis (Battle of Cairinis) but no details whatsoever, leaving the casual tourist at a complete loss as to the significance of the battle and the name. Let me pull back the curtain shrouding the mists of time; the Battle of Cairinis was a short skirmish between the MacLeods and MacDonalds, one of an endless number of such 'battles' that marked the history of the Western Isles. It was the last battle in Scotland to be fought with swords and bows and arrows.
The immediate background of the battle is clear; Donald MacDonald set aside his wife, the sister of Rory MacLeod of Harris and Dunvegan. This began a tit for tat sequence of attacks and counter attacks on Skye and Harris between the two fierce rival clans. The MacLeods sent a raiding party of 40 men to North Uist under the command of Donald Glas MacLeod. Their mission was to capture goods that the local inhabitants had stored at Teampull na Trionaid. This they did, but they made the mistake of stoping to eat breakfast within the chapel. A dozen MacDonalds under Donald of Clan Ranald surprised the raiders at their meal and killed all but two. The story of the conflict is remembered in the old Gaelic verse 'Ic Iain 'Ic Sheumais.
From the Ditch of Blood a fairly obvious trail snakes across the fields to the visible ruin of Trinity Temple. Warning; the fields can be muddy and are well-visited by sheep, so you will definitely want good waterproof footwear that you don't mind getting soiled.
About Trinity Chapel (Teampull na Trionaid)
Address: A865, Cairinis, North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Signposted on the A865 at Cairinis. Small parking area and 1/4 mile path to the site. Good footwear advisable.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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