Church name

St Columba's, Isle of Canna

Denomination:   Church of Scotland
Address:   Isle of Canna, PH44 4RS
Local Authority:   Highland
Listing: B

Church Overview

This small rectangular church was built as a memorial to Robert Thom by his son Allan G Thom between the years 1912 and 1914 and was designed by P MacGregor Chalmers; it lies above the track leading to the pier and overlooks Canna Harbour. The church is oriented from ENE to WSW and is built of random rubble with pinnings; its roof is of stone, rendered externally, but visible internally as a pointed tunnel-vault. It is entered by a door at the SW end of the S wall, and has narrow pointed leaded windows, three in each side and two in either gable end. A round tower lies central to the W gable end, and is vented by similar pointed openings with slate louvres. Commonly known as the Rhu Church.



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St Columba's, Isle of Canna


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