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Welcome  St Maelrubha's Scottish Episcopal Church, Poolewe.


the outside of the church

the inside of the church







St. Maelrubha's Church is one of the western most churches in the United Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness whose Bishop is The Rt. Rev. Mark Strange.

Bishop Mark conducted a special service at St Maelrubha's where the First Wester Ross Air Scouts Colours were presented and blessed, and are now in the church. Bishop Mark was very pleased because he was a scout and is still involved in scouting. 

Priest in Charge, and also scout padre, is Rev. Heather Widdows, 01445 712 176. Rev. Heather also oversees the other churches in the South West Charge.

Services of Holy Eucharist are held every Sunday at 11am and on the first Wednesday at 10-30am in the church hall. Services are also held once a month at 4pm on a Wednesday at Isle View Nursing Home. See our Facebook page for dates.

The church bell was gifted to St Maelrubha's by the congregation of St Columba's Church, Southwick, Sunderland. 

The other members of the South West Charge are Courthill Chapel at Kishorn where Holy Eucharist is at 10-30am on Sunday, and St Donan's at Nostie, Kyle of Lochalsh where Holy Eucharist is also at 10-30am on Sunday. Our Mission Church at Kinlochewe hold a service in the Kinlochewe Community Centre at 2-30pm on the first Sunday of each month.

All visitors to this beautiful part of Scotland are welcome to attend our services and to share Holy Communion with us. 

St Maelrubha's a short history.

Episcopal worship in the North West of Scotland suffered severe oppression from 1745 until the late 19th Century. In the early 1950’s an Itinerant Priest was appointed to minister to the West Coast of Ross (excluding Ullapool), Brora, Dornoch and the Black Isle. Services in Gairloch and District were conducted fortnightly in various venues until 1960 when Poolewe Village Hall became the home of Episcopal Worship. On being advised that the hall would have to be demolished the congregation sought permission to build their own Episcopal Church in Poolewe. That permission was given and a building fund was started. The fund attracted grants from the Episcopal Diocese and Province. A cow byre gifted to the congregation by a local crofter was pulled down to be rebuilt on a site donated by the landowners, the MacDonald-Buchanan family. A more detailed history of our church is produced in the form of a booklet, on sale in the church hall for £2.

This, the first Episcopal Church and to be called St. Maelrubha’s, built since 1745 was dedicated by the Bishop Rt. Rev. D. MacInnes on 8th April 1965. An historic event!

Easter Sunday 18th April saw the first Holy Communion and a Baptism celebrated in the church by the then Itinerant Priest Rev. S. A. T. Mallin. 
Over the years prudent stewardship and sale of some land has enabled the congregation to build a church hall and a two bedroom holiday home attached, both of which provide the church with income through their hire.
Fair Trade Church
St Maelrubha's Church is now registered as a Fair Trade Church.
Enquiries for church hall bookings should be addressed to Steph Kendall on 01445 731147 and enquiries about church house lettings can be sent to Mrs. Jenny Wiseman on or telephone 01445 731 177.
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