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Saint Moluag

You have all heard of St Columba, haven’t you?  How about St Moluag?  A contemporary of Columba who forwent the coracle that Columba travel on to get from Ireland to Scotland.  Instead, so the legend goes, Moluag crossed the Irish Sea on a rock which had broken off from the Irish coast as he stood on it and then drifted him across to come to a halt at Lismore on Loch Linnie where he later founded a monastery after a race with Columba.

DSCN4062Sitting on its croft St Moluag’s Church welcomes you from a distance calling you across the springy peat pathway just as Moluag was called across the Irish Sea.

DSCN4067With no heating or electricity the stone walls are tinged with green, yet the church has a warmth about it, centuries of prayer ooze out of the walls and the oil lamps hang from the ceiling reminding all that what this place is not about some passing whim but about that which transcends time.

DSCN4069While every niche in the wall is marked with the soot of a thousand candles each one numbering the thousands of souls who have found peace and healing within these walls.

DSCN4070If you ever find yourself on the Isle of Lewis do yourself a favour and take the trip up to the Butt of Ness and search out St Moluag, if it has been wet take your wellies for you will probably need them as you make the long walk across the croft to the church at the other end.  However be it wet or dry the journey is one that will surely bless you as it did us.

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5 Comments

  1. Andy says:

    A few years ago when on the Isle of Bute I did a coastal walk to St.Blane’s Chapel. When I got there I found it was a ruin, and the weather was bad so I had the place to myself. Something about the location, the solitude, the history and more importantly the travelling itself made it all worthwhile.

    • Kirstin says:

      I fear in the modern world we have lost the value in being a pilgrim in favour of finding short cuts to our destination.

  2. […] rules and proceeded to the Butt of Ness, visiting the tiny St Moluag’s church there, which beloved has blogged on her website. Then the headland itself, With it’s lighthouse looking out over the crashing sea amongst the […]

  3. Allan Ronald says:

    Thank you so much for this post and especially for the photies. Just sublime.

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