Where God’s unconditional love for all is celebrated every day

We don’t have all the answers, and we welcome the questions

Respecting the dignity of every human being

Open Hearts Open Minds

Inspired by the ancient and the new


David Paton-Williams’ Institution – News and Pictures

We strive to celebrate human diversity in all its richness and to create a space where all are free to discover the sacred in life. We welcome those who are sure in their faith as well as those who doubt and struggle with faith. Wherever you are in your life, wherever you are in your journey with God, a warm welcome awaits you at St. Columba’s by the Castle.

We believe that God’s love and acceptance extends to every human being, regardless of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or religious background. This belief drives our desire to offer a radical welcome to all: young, old, single, married, partnered, straight or LGBT.

Next Sunday service – Holy Eucharist at 11am on 29th May

Joint service with our local ecumemical partners Augustine United Church
and Greyfriars Kirk

At St. Columba’s by the Castle

Please note the later starting time of this service.


The Columcille Window, Iona Abbey is the work of William Wilson, O.B.E., R.S.A. and is used with permission.
Photography by Katherine McHale, Catherine Outram and Andy McGregor
Images created by Katherine McHale are copyright (c) Katherine McHale. All rights reserved.
Please do not re-use images without permission.

St Columba's Hall Hire

Our Hall and garden are available to let for morning, afternoon or evening sessions every day except Sunday. The church and hall were built in the 1840s to serve the people of Edinburgh’s Old Town. When the building was renovated in 1998 more space was provided for community use.



St. Columba’s by the Castle is in the Diocese of Edinburgh, one of seven dioceses within the Scottish Episcopal Church.

More information on the Wider Church


Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end.  John Donne