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Nendrum was founded on Mahee Island in Strangford Lough in the 5th Century by St Machaoi, although the site may date back as far as St.Patrick. There are documentary references from the 7th Century until 976 A.D. when the Abbot was burned in his house, perhaps in a Viking raid. A small Benedictine cell was founded here in the late 12th Century.

The monastery comprises three concentric dry-stone walled enclosures with evidence for industrial work outside, including a tidal mill and landing places. The central enclosure has a church ruin with sundial, the remains of round tower, and a graveyard. The middle enclosure contains remains of huts and workshops. The outer enclosure is only partly in state care and little is known about it.

There is a visitor center at the site.

About Nendrum

Wikipedia: Nendrum Monastery
Megalithic Ireland: Nendrum Monastery
Discover Northern Ireland: Nendrum Monastic Site

Journey to Nendrum

The Nendrum Monastic Site is situated on Mahee Island in Strangford Lough and is approached along narrow, twisting lanes and causeways. It is signposted off the A22 immediately south of Comber in County Down in Northern Ireland.

Ordnance Survey Map (J5263)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the geograph.ie website. General tourist information may be found the Discover Northern Ireland: County Down website.

Additional Photos of Nendrum

Nendrum Monastery Sign
Descriptive Sign for Nendrum Monastery
Approaching Nendrum Monastery
Entrance to Nendrum Monastery
Outer Cashel Wall, Nendrum Monastery
Middle Cashel Wall Sign, Nendrum Monastery
Middle Cashel Wall, Nendrum Monastery
Inner Cashel Wall Sign, Nendrum Monastery
Inner Cashel Wall, Nendrum Monastery
Entrance to Nendrum Monastery
Church Ruins and Remains of Round Tower, Nendrum Monastery
Entrance to Church Ruins, Nendrum Monastery
Sundial, Nendrum Monastery
Close-Up of Sundial, Nendrum Monastery
Sign for Monastic Graveyard, Nendrum Monastery
Monastic Graveyard, Nendrum Monastery
Remains of Church (foreground) and Remains of Round Tower (background), Nendrum Monastery
Remains of Round Tower, Nendrum Monastery
Remains of Round Tower, Nendrum Monastery
Remains of Round Tower, Nendrum Monastery
Outlying Buildings of Nendrum Monastery Overlooking Strangford Lough
Outlying Buildings of Nendrum Monastery Overlooking Strangford Lough
Nendrum Monastery on Mahee Island Overlooking Stranford Lough
Site of Nendrum Monastery Tide Mill on Stranford Lough
Nendrum Monastery Museum
Sign in Nendrum Monastery Museum

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