Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Columba - Catholic Church

Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Columba - Catholic Church

Father Paul Hackett warmly welcomes you to the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Columba Kingussie in the diocese of Argyll and the Isles.

The church was built in 1932 and serves, as well as Kingussie, the villages of Newtonmore, Dalwhinnie and Laggan. The parish of Kingussie is a small parish with an estimated Catholic population of 120 which has not changed much over the last 40 years.

During the middle ages there was a church called St.Columba’s situated by the mill in Kingussie, the ruins of which can still be seen in the old cemetery, At the time of the reformation there was a church in Kingussie run by the Carmelite Monks and as at that time relations between the people were very good, the church was divided in half by a partition and the Catholics used the East side of the church and the Reformed Church used the West Side.

The first parish of Kingussie was set up in 1863 covering the villages of Kingussie, Newtonmore and Laggan. The first church in the area was built in Laggan and it was dedicated to St.Michael. The population over the years moved away from the area and the church was not used and became derelict.

The church was blown up around 1955 because it was in such a bad state of repair and had become dangerous. The ruins are in the woods behind Strathmashie. The existing church was built in 1932 by Rev. Hugh Cameron and the parish house was built later in 1950 by Rev. Ronald Hendry and called “Loreto”. The money for the house was donated by a Mrs. Beech who resided at the house next to the church called Avondale. On moving from Avondale Mrs. Beech gave the use of the house to the parish as a presbytery.

The Church is dedicated in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary (feast day 7th October) and to St. Columba, the great Irish saint who did so much to spread Christianity throughout Scotland, (feast day 9th June). The Church of our Lady of the Rosary and St. Columba’s is a very beautiful little church with so much character and also with beautiful stained glass windows. It is a popular church for visitors to the area who are looking for a quiet place of peace and prayer.

Mass service are celebrated on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday  at 10:00am. The main Mass is the Sunday Mass at 10.00 a.m. 
Vigil Mass at 5.30 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Sacrament of reconciliation can be received on Saturdays from 5.00 p.m.

For more information on other services in the church, then please contact the Parish Priest on 01540 661322. You are most welcome to come and visit.


Loreto, Newtonmore Road, Kingussie. PH21 1HF

Phone number: 
01540 661322