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Lochan and houses at the south of Calbost
Calbost is located in Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NB412172
Civil parish
  • Lochs
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Northern
Fire Highlands and Islands
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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  • Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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  • Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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58°04′08″N 6°23′17″W / 58.069°N 06.388°W / 58.069; -06.388

Calbost (Scottish Gaelic: Calabost) is a village on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Calbost is within the parish of Lochs, and within the district of Pairc.

Calbost is known for its pretty scenery and lively fishing scene.

On November 16, 1939, the British merchant ship S.S. Arlington Court was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by the crew of the German submarine U-43. In his Scottish Gaelic language poem Calum Moireasdan an Arlington Court ("Calum Morrison of the Arlington Court"), North Uist war poet Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna paid tribute to the courage shown by one of the survivors, a seventeen year old merchant seaman from Calbost. Calum Morrison had been the only survivor in his lifeboat who had known how to sail and had managed to pilot their lifeboat eastwards for five days, until he and his fellow survivors were rescued at the mouth of the English Channel.

The Angus Macleod Archive, which contains much historical writing, photographs and recordings of the village and the South Lochs area, was originally kept at a museum in Calbost, and is now kept in Kershader. Many of the artefacts from the museum are now in the keeping of the Museum nan Eilean in Stornoway.

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