St Columba’s Church, Gruline, Isle Of Mull, Scotland

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The Scottish Islands are full of these little churches, and most of them, are in the most wonderful locations. I’m now trying to catch up with posting them, because they all seem to have something special.  We visited this church in 2013 and it was a beautiful day, with lots of Bluebells in the graveyard.



The building of St Columba’s at Gruline, a Scottish Episcopal Church, was started in 1873.  It was the first church to be consecrated on the Island of Mull for some centuries.


In 1893 Gruline Estate was sold to Joseph William and Mary Melles.  Much of the wood work in the church was carved by designs made by Mary, including the pulpit and reredos.

The church has several attractive stained glass windows, one of which is by Charles Kempe, of Charity and two children, installed in 1912.


Underneath the window is a plaque ‘in memory of Frederic Jameson Elles who drowned in Loch Frisa on 20 August 1911 at 12 years old’. His likeness is shown in the young boy.


The Saint himself….it was an enjoyable visit, and if you are ever passing, its worth a stop, just to look at the windows.


12 Replies to “St Columba’s Church, Gruline, Isle Of Mull, Scotland”

  1. Wonderful, you haven’t done any churches for a while. This is charming. I love the arched beams in the ceiling. Now if only they’d put some angels up there. 🙂 Interesting to see the contrast in the child’s window with the others. The people are all smiling. There is joy in Heaven. The rest of us are stuck in the sorrows of this world. I really think they should put more smiles in church windows. There might be more people in the pews. 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat, and you are quite right, it is ages since I have posted a church. I think is because I have so many, it seems like a huge task… I thought I would start with something small. I like the idea of some angels and the children’s window is so pretty. Its sad our world is like it is, full sorrow, when really the world itself is a glorious place, just wish we could convince everyone, maybe one day 🙂

      1. If in my life I have made one hater pause and think, it will be enough The battle can only be won one heart at a time. 🙂

      2. That is so true, I think I have a couple of hearts, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if all hearts didn’t need to be won…. on a lighter note, just catch them and brain wash them into being nice 🙂

  2. Love the stain glass windows,but what really caught my eye was the church benches… Did they only have a board across the back where your shoulder blades would rest?

    1. Yes, that was it, just the board, you were not there for comfort, but that was years ago, now they are being replaced in some churches with chairs 🙂

  3. Hi Evelyn, I just wanted to say hello and to thank you for documenting your travels and sharing your wonderful photography and background writings. I enjoy seeing, reading and learning about the areas you visit!

    1. Really glad that you are enjoying the visits, I enjoy taking the photos, so its nice to know that people enjoy them as well, thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

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