Tobar Eachainn

Photograph of Tobar Eachainn at Kirkapol.


Tobar Eachainn (Hector’s Well) is situated on the west bank of Kirkapol stream a hundred metres to the east of Kirkapol graveyard. Formerly known as Tobar Odhrain (Oran’s Well), its waters were said to have healing properties.

St Oran was a relative and a disciple of St Columba. He possibly spent time in Tiree as the larger of the two graveyards at Kirkapol is also dedicated to him. Evidence of the foundations of a chapel was uncovered there by a grave-digger in the late 19th century.

The well is a natural spring which is enclosed within dry-stone walls and roofed with turf-covered slabs. It was closed as a source of drinking water in the 1940s because of its close proximity to the graveyard.

Colour photograph of Tobair Eachainn.

Tobair Eachainn, once known as Tobair Odhrain, on Lodge Farm.

Object Details

Other Number: T69
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – T1-99
Current Location: normal location

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