Howmore Church, South Uist

Howmore Church, South Uist

Denomination: Church of Scotland
Address: , Howmore , HS8 5SH
Local Authority: Western Isles
Listing: B

Church Overview

Howmore Church is a Category B listed building, architect John McDearmid. Built in 1858 by local craftsmen from the small protestant community, it has a unique liturgical and architectural layout with a pine lined interior and an enclosed communion table, painted to resemble marble, running down the centre of the church. Howmore is one of only a small handful of churches in Scotland retaining this arrangement. Howmore has been the ecclesiastical centre of South Uist for at least 1400 years. In the fourteenth century it had an international reputation as being a place of learning and there are the remains of several different ancient chapels and monastic complexes in the township. Howmore township is one of four designated conservation areas in the Outer Hebrides and is within several different ecological designations.


First Sunday of the month: Parish Service at 11am, alternating between Howmore and Daliburgh, i.e. either in one church or the other.

All other Sundays: 12.00 noon

Opening Arrangements

Open daily

Access for partially abled Induction loop for the deaf

Image Gallery

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Howmore Church, South Uist


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