Eaglais na h-Aoidhe

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Aignish, Point, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles, HS2 0PB

    Eaglais na h-Aoidhe, otherwise known as St Columba's Ui Church, is a beautiful medieval building at the eastern end of the Braighe, on the Isle of Lewis. It is open to the public and you are very welcome to visit at any time.

    Eaglais na h-Aoidhe or St Columba's Ui Church is a Medieval Chapel situated about four miles east of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.  The Chapel is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade A Listed Building.  The site is of immense historical significance - it is generally believed that St Catan, a contemporary of St Columba, established a cell on this site in the 6th Century AD and the Chapel and Churchyard later became the burial site for the Macleod Chiefs of Lewis.  The earliest part of the main church is thought to date from the 13th or maybe even the 12th century and the rest of the main part dates from the 14th century.  The West Chapel probably dates for the 16th century.

    The church contains two principal carved memorial stones - the Roderick Macleod Stone and the Margaret Mackinnon Stone, which are considered to be among the best examples of monuments of their period in the West of Scotland, as well as other significant memorial stones.  The churchyard contains an important number of prominent local burials.

    Opening Times
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Road Directions

    St Columba's Ui Church is signposted off the A866 to Point, at the eastern end of the Braighe.  Follow the footpath, through the gate, to the church.

    Public Transport Directions

    The W5 bus from Stornoway Bus Station to Portnaguran or Bayble goes past the footpath to St Columba Ui Church.

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