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!

Next services at St Columba’s by the Castle

On Thursdays

Midweek Eucharist at 12.30 pm in the Upper Room at St. Columba’s. Please join us for this informal said Eucharist which is offered each week. Lunch at the Castle Arms afterwards, optional. All are welcome!


Sunday 25th February

Joint Service of Holy Communion  at 11am for the Second Sunday of Lent

St C’s @ Six. “Come to me and I shall give you rest” – Night Prayer with images to guide our reflections. There will be a shared meal of soup and rolls following the 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. Perfect for weddings, ceilidhs, meetings, workshops and community groups.


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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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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