Eilean Chaluim Chille facts for kids
|Gaelic name||Calum Cille|
|Meaning of name||island of Saint Columba|
|OS grid reference||NB385215|
|Island group||Lewis and Harris|
|Highest elevation||Creag Mhor 43 m|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Na h-Eileanan Siar|
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.
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