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St Columba's Cave, Ellary
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St Columba's Cave, Ellary

On the west coast of Loch Caolisport, south of Ellary, you'll find a ruined 12-century chapel and caves. This lovely location is said to be where St Columba stopped for a few days on his journey north from Ireland in 563.

The chapel is ruined and overgrown. The cave is almost hidden from view behind the chapel. Follow the path through the grass to the back of the chapel to find the cave. On the east side there is a shelf supporting an altar. Above the altar there is a cross carved into the wall. An oval basin has been formed in the rock which would have held holy water.

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