ThScottish Episcopal Church in the North West Highlands

Serving the Scottish Episcopal Anglican Communities in the North West Highlands of Scotland

About the Episcopal Church in Scotland

The Scottish Episcopal Church is the Anglican Church in Scotland, in full communion with the Church of England and the other Churches within the Anglican family.

The Northwest Charge comprises a group of congregations of the Scottish Episcopal Church situated in the beautiful Northwest Highlands. 

It forms part of the United Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness, under the episcopal oversight of the Rt. Rev'd Mark Strange, covering the whole of the far Northwest Highlands from Tongue, on the north coast, to Dundonnell, south of Ullapool, with worship-centers dotted around the coast at Ullapool, Achiltibuie, Lochinver, Kinlochbervie and Tongue.

The Dioceses of Moray, Ross and Caithness came together to form the present United Diocese under Bishop Eden in 1864. 

These three Dioceses were founded in the 12th Century, although the Church was active through the work of the great Celtic missionary saints and bishops before that and throughout the dark ages.  The Northwest Charge is proud to have two of these missionary bishops as its patrons - St Boniface and St Gilbert.

Today the Diocese comprises some 40 congregations which are drawn together from an area roughly the size of Wales.

On Saturday 16th August 2014, there was an event with a difference-to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Diocese of Moray and the 150th anniversary of the Uniting of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness -was held at the ancient Old Kirk at Inchnadamph.  Christian worship has been known to have been held on this site for about a millennium, so it was a fitting privilege to be part of that continuing Christian witness for this occasion.  The aim of the day was to take an appreciative look at the local importance of Celtic Christianity and the local links with Iona from the early days of St Columba.  The Rev'd Joanna Anderson from the Iona Community led the day, and it was thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting.  The singing was joyful, the worship and preaching and addresses captivating and it may have been several hundred years since anything like this last occurred in Inchnadamph Kirk.

Father Nicholas Court,

 Rector and Priest at St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool, also Rector to the Episcopal Churches at Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, Tongue, Achiltibuie. This is one of the largest area size of congregations in the U.K.  The area covered by the Northwest Charge is one of the largest geographical areas of any charge in the UK, but with a relatively modest population.  Some members of the congregations travel over 100 miles, return journey, to attend the Eucharist Services.

                      Brief Recent History

In the 1970's Bishop  George Sessford sent Priests on a monthly basis from Inverness to provide for the pastoral and liturgical care of souls in this remote area.  Notable among these was the Rev'd Canon Stewart Mallin, until a resident priest, Fr. Stanley Bennie, was appointed in the mid 1970's.

Fr. Christopher Dormer succeeded him in October 1981 as "Itinerant Priest" of the West Coast Charge ( everything from Kyle of Lochalsh to Cape Wrath.)  During the interregnum from October 1998 until Fr. Nicholas Court was appointed in 2009 as Mission Priest and then Mission Rector of the newly-formed Northwest Charge in March 2011, the congregations were cared for by priests from further afield in the Diocese.

Northwest Highlands Congregations

The Scottish Episcopal Church is the Anglican Church in Scotland, in full communion with the Church of England and the other Churches within the Anglican Family. 

The Northwest charge is under the episcopal oversight of the Rt Rev'd Mark Strange, Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness.

Our worship is centered upon the Holy Eucharist, our congregations being enriched by those who join us from many traditions from outside of Anglicanism. We aim to make our outreach into the life of the communities of the Northwest Highlands bear the marks of discipleship of Jesus Christ.

We extend a very warm welcome to you to join us in worship as we seek God's will. whether you live here or are just visiting this beautiful part of God's Creation!

If you are planning to visit the Northwest Highlands for any reason, we hope your stay will be a pleasant, safe and relaxing time away.

The villages of Ullapool, Achiltibuie, Lochinver, Kinlochbervie and Tongue have regular Eucharist services. The times and days for these Services are listed on the "Services" page within this website. 

We hope you will enjoy visiting our website,  and getting a flavour of who we are and what we do.

The provincial website is

The Rev'd Canon Nicholas Court,
Mission Rector of the Northwest Charge.

A brief biography.

Father Nicholas was ordained priest in 1989, having trained at Chichester Theological College on the south coast of England.

  There followed 2 three-year curacies first in London and then in Bristol.  He then moved to join the staff at Llandaff Cathedral in South Wales where he served for 2 years as Priest Vicar, before being appointed as Vicar of two parishes in Pontypridd in the South Wales Valleys.

   Father Nicholas was licensed to serve in the Northwest Highlands in Epiphany 2009, and 2 years later the Northwest Charge was formed, comprising the 5 congregations at Ullapool, Achiltibuie, Lochinver, Kinlochbervie and Tongue.

   Father Nicholas is married to Gilly, and when spare time can be found, he love's to fly-fish for the wild brown trout which abound in the many lochs and rivers which are such a feature of this part of the world, as well as watching birds and walking the hills.  He counts himself particularly blessed to awake each day to the daily pleasure and privilege of finding himself living in the beauty of this special part of the Creation, where its Author is so evidently at work.

  If you have moved into the area, or are just here to enjoy a relaxing holiday, please come and join us in our worship – we always feel so enriched by the fresh insights and the joy people from all Christian traditions bring with them.


A Taste of the future to come?

Three bedroom Flat

The Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool, is housed in the ground floor of a house that is situated in the centre of the village.

 On the first floor there is a furnished three-bedroom flat.  This is made available to Clergy, Church workers and small Church groups for retreat, quiet time and those wanting "time out".

If you would like further details please contact;

Mrs Gilly Court on 01854 612506


The village of Ullapool , Loch Broom and the NorthWest Highland Hills