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


Welcome to St Columba’s by the Castle – a small, vibrant church, right at the centre of Edinburgh.

Whether you are looking for a progressive, open-minded community to belong to; a service of worship to drop into; a church for a christening, wedding or funeral; a venue for an event, a concert or a project serving human need; or simply a peaceful space to be still and reflect – a warm welcome awaits you.

No matter who we are, who we love or what we believe – young or old; single or partnered; straight or LGBT+; seeker, doubter or deeply committed – God loves and accepts us all.  We are all welcome – and so are you!

Holy Week and Easter at St Columba’s and the Local Church

8am Eucharist at St Columba’s by the Castle

Wed 17th, Thurs 18th, Friday 19th April (Reserved Sacrament), Saturday 20th April (Ante-Communion). Followed each morning by coffee and rolls.

Compline with reflection on Monday to Wednesday during Holy Week at 8pm in the Church

Maundy Thursday 18th April

7.00pm  Communion Service and washing of feet
at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge

Good Friday, 19th April

The Three Hours – “Waiting at the Cross”. A quiet and reflective service waiting with the watchers at the Cross. Please stay for as long as you wish.
12-3pm at St Columba’s by the Castle

9 pm  Service of Tenebrae – Reflective Choral service of Psalms and readings
at Greyfriars Kirk

Easter Sunday, 21st April

10am Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist – St. Columba’s by the Castle
with Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Procession and Easter Egg hunt

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. Perfect for weddings, ceilidhs, meetings, workshops and community groups.


The Second Sunday Forum

Thought provoking, stimulating, all welcome

News and Pictures

Following our email and letter-writing lobbying, representatives from our church attended the Climate Change Bill Rally at Holyrood on April ...
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We have recently been awarded Eco-Congregation Scotland's Silver Award for "incorporating care for creation as an integral part of its ...
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At St Columba’s by the Castle we celebrate the historic decision of the Scottish Episcopal Church to allow same-sex marriages ...
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Our Rector’s Blog


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