Welcome to the Ui Church
St Columba’s (or Ui) Church is a 14th Century ruin sitting within its own Cemetery and located on a sandy isthmus near the main town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.
Commonly known as St Columba’s (Ui) - Ui being the Gaelic for isthmus - the Church is also referred to as the Eye Church or its Gaelic equivalent, Eaglais na h-Aoidhe. Situated just above High Water Mark in this windswept part of the world, this medieval church, which was one of the most important medieval churches in the Western Isles, now it's in real danger of being lost to the sea.
At one time, the cemetery around the Church extended at least 10 metres further than it does now, providing an invaluable buffer for storm force wind and wave but, through time, this portion of the Cemetery has been claimed by the sea, along with the human remains which it once held. Now, the waves of Broad Bay lap at the very foundations of the Church.
The Future Vision
We are on our way to restoring Ui Church with an aim to preserving it for future generations. Some of our aims have now been achieved and this historical building is again a place where
- visitors are welcomed.
- the community can again gather for events
- the history of Ui Church is preserved and on view
- the past can be visited and the future is always a work in progress