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Not to be confused with a tidal island in Loch Portree, Isle of Skye,or the island (on the river Snizort, also in Skye) upon which stands the ruin of Snizort Cathedral, or the poetic name for Iona.
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Eilean Chaluim Chille
Gaelic name Calum Cille
Meaning of name island of Saint Columba
OS grid reference NB385215
Coordinates 58°07′N 6°26′W / 58.11°N 6.44°W / 58.11; -6.44
Physical geography
Island group Lewis and Harris
Area 110 ha
Area rank 144 
Highest elevation Creag Mhor 43 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0

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.

Chaluim Chille Causeway
Causeway to Eilean Chaluim Chille
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