Friends of Ensay

all about a small Hebridean island

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The Friends of Ensay is a disparate collection of Hebridean Island-lovers who have gathered some knowledge about this small island (186 hectares, or 460 acres), off the west coast of Scotland. Some have visited Ensay nearly every year, to visit the remarkable little chapel there, sometimes for a church service, sometimes out of interest for historic buildings, and sometimes simply to enjoy the beauty and stillness that is only found in such a remote, tranquil setting.


If you would like to find out a little more about the history, natural history and archaeology of Ensay, and about the Chapel of Christ Church, please browse the website. And if you would like to support the preservation of the ancient chapel, please contact us.


The island of Ensay, or Easaigh in Gaelic, lies in the Sound of Harris between the islands of Harris and Berneray, in the Outer Hebrides. The island shows signs of Stone Age habitation, with a prominent standing stone, and a Norse burial mound is evidence of early settlement. Although the island has no permanent population today,  it is still used for summer grazing.

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