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Eilean Chaluim Chille

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Gaelic name  Calum Cille
Area rank  144
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Island group  Outer Hebrides
Lieutenancy area  Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference  NB385215
Highest elevation  Creag Mhor 43 m
Area  110 ha
Council area  Outer Hebrides
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Meaning of name  island of Saint Columba

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

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Map of Eilean Chaluim Chille, United Kingdom

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.

History

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 Iona in 597 AD. The cemetery was in use until 1878. Eilean Chaluim Chille is protected by Historic Scotland as an ancient monument.

References

Eilean Chaluim Chille Wikipedia


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