Eilean Chaluim Chille

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Eilean Chaluim Chille
Gaelic nameCalum Cille
Meaning of nameisland of Saint Columba
Eilean Chaluim Chille is located in Outer Hebrides
Eilean Chaluim Chille
Eilean Chaluim Chille
Eilean Chaluim Chille shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid referenceNB385215
Coordinates58°07′N 6°26′W / 58.11°N 6.44°W / 58.11; -6.44
Physical geography
Island groupLewis and Harris
Area110 ha[1]
Area rank144 [2]
Highest elevationCreag Mhor 43 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaNa h-Eileanan Siar

Eilean Chaluim Chille (Gaelic: island of Saint Columba, Calum Cille) is an unpopulated island in the Outer Hebrides.

It lies off the east coast of Lewis at the mouth of Loch Erisort. At low tide Eilean Chaluim Chille is connected by a causeway to the mainland of Lewis at Crobeag.


At the southern end of the island lie the ruins of St Columba's Church. This was once an important centre of religion, being cited in a report of 1549 as the main place of worship for the parish of Lochs. There was probably a church there from about 800 AD, built by St Columba's followers. St Columba died on the Inner Hebridean island of Iona in 597 AD. The cemetery was in use until 1878. Eilean Chaluim Chille is protected by Historic Scotland as an ancient monument.[5]

Causeway to Eilean Chaluim Chille


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  3. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey
  5. ^ "Cromore Village". Lochs Community. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-12-12.

Coordinates: 58°06.3′N 6°26.3′W / 58.1050°N 6.4383°W / 58.1050; -6.4383