St Maelrubha, Poolewe

The old Parish of Gairloch was the last in the Diocese of Ross to lose its Episcopalian priest after the Revolution of 1688, when the Reverend R MacKenzie died in 1710.

On 1950 regular services began in the Gairloch Hotel. In the 1960’s the congregation moved to the Village Hall at Poolewe. When news came that the hall was to be demolished, a building fund for a new church was launched.

Major and Mrs Buchanan MacDonald made a gift of an old byre and soon work began to reconstruct the building to conform to the traditional design of the old Celtic churches.

The Church was dedicated in 1965, the first Scottish Episcopal Church to be built in North-West Scotland since the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

The church is dedicated to St Maelrubha (642-722 AD), one of the most important missionaries of the early church in Wester Ross and the north-west Highlands, particularly in the area around Poolewe.

All the furnishings were donated by various benefactors from throughout the UK and other parts of the world. The font is one of a matching pair of holy water stoups which came from the Catholic Apostolic Church in Glasgow, the other being used by the church in Brora. The sanctuary chair once belonged to Bishop Eden.

One feature is a piece of stone with a distinctive Celtic carving, set into the wall beside the window to the left of the altar. It was found amongst the ruins of the old monastery at Applecross and is thought to be a fragment of the Celtic cross erected as a monument to St Maelrubha.

St Maelrubha’s ‘Here to Help’ Project offers the new church hall for community use on a ‘donation only’ basis. Bookings Secretary: Mike Somers 01445 731 097

St Maelrubha Holiday Bungalow
St Maelrubha has a holiday bungalow for hire, for full details click HERE


St Maelrubha Close, Poolewe, IV22 2JP

Phone Number

01445 712176

Church Website


Holy Eucharist Sunday 11.00am.

Clergy in Charge

Holy Eucharist Sunday 11.00am.

Additional Clergy

Rev Heather Widdows