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The Parade 

Fort William 

Inverness shire 

PH33 6BA 

Tel: 0795 723 7757
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Kilmonivaig Parish Church

Kilmonivaig Parish is linked with Fort William Kilmallie.

Kilmonivaig has its own website at

The Ministry Team comprises:

  • Parish Minister: currently vacant
  • Team Minister: Rev Rory MacLeod - 01397 772736
  • Attached Reader: Bill Skene
  • Interim Moderator: Rev Stewart Goudie - 01687 462514

Every Sunday

  • Worship at 9.30am (except 11am on First Sunday each month), and Sunday School is available for school aged children.



  • The Church building is situated just off the A82, below the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, PH34 4EN.
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Church Life   

Kilmonivaig has a communicant’s roll of 71 with 26 adherents. There is a service each Sunday, currently at 9.30am (except for First Sunday each month, at 11am), attended by about 30 adults .  There is a crèche and Sunday school during term time.

Additional services are held on Christmas Eve and Good Friday.  A small team prepares song words and visuals for projection to enhance worship. The AV equipment has recently been upgraded. Two pianists lead the praise, in rotation.   Hymn-choice by the preachers is varied and sourced from CH4 and Mission Praise

The Kirk Session comprising 14 elders is responsible for all aspects of church life. 

The Commando Association organises an open air service of remembrance at the Commando memorial on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday at which the parish minister is invited to officiate.  A large crowd of over 200 usually attend.

The church building dates from 1812 and is in good repair.  The hall next to it was built in 1970 and is also in good repair. A few years ago we celebrated the re-opening of our hall which had been through a major upgrade and refurbishment.

Other churches             

There is a Roman Catholic Church in Spean Bridge and one in Roy Bridge.  Good ecumenical relations exist between the two denominations.


There is a fairly new primary school and nursery in Spean Bridge.  Roy Bridge primary school recently closed and now all the children go to Spean Bridge.  The parish minister and parish priest both have an active role in the school. Secondary age children go to Lochaber High School in Fort William where a branch of Scripture Union meet on Wednesday lunchtimes.  For tertiary education Lochaber College in Fort William runs courses in tourism and outdoor education but most young people have to leave home for tertiary education.


The church has a gift fortnight each year in September, originally set up to raise money for general use but in recent years it has been used to raise money for specific charities. 

Historical Note  

The name Kilmonivaig comes from Kil meaning church or cell, Mo meaning saint or holy and Nivaig, who was a sixth-century abbot of Lismore who established a church near Gairlochy. A more permanent and later building on that site was liable to be flooded and collapsed in the 1770s.  The present church was built around 1812 and the chancel area was added in the 1920s.  The stained glass window is the official War Memorial for the parish of Kilmonivaig.

Kilmonivaig Parish   

Kilmonivaig parish lies to the north east of Fort William, bounded on the west by the river Lochy and Loch Lochy and on the east by the Nevis range of mountains and by the Grey Corries and extending to Corrour and Loch Laggan.  The main villages are Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Torlundy with other small hamlets and scattered housing.  The land is mostly rough moorland with small pockets of arable land given over mostly to forestry, sheep, deer stalking and some cattle farming. 

By car It takes about 1 ¼ hours to Inverness, 2 hours to Perth and 2 ½ hours to Glasgow.  There is a good bus service to Inverness, Glasgow and Skye.  There are stations at Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge, Tulloch and Corrour on the West Highland line with several trains per day to Glasgow and the 8pm sleeper to London.  There is a reasonable local bus service to Fort William from Spean Bridge and a less frequent service from Roy Bridge.

Recreational Facilities                      

There are two golf courses in the parish, a 9 hole one at Spean Bridge and an 18 hole at Torlundy. Nevis Range has skiing and snowboarding in winter and mountain biking in summer and plays host to several national and world competitions.   In Spean Bridge there is a good well drained playing field with changing facilities used by Lochaber Shinty Club, currently in North Division 1.  Shinty is well supported by the youth of the parish. 
There is some fishing in the rivers Spean and Roy and on some lochs. There are many miles of cycle tracks and forest roads for cycling or walking and plenty of opportunity for hill walking and rock climbing


Many people in the parish work in the Fort William area.  Tourism is important with a good range of accommodation ranging from small B & B s, guest houses, self-catering establishments, and medium sized hotels to the top of the range Inverlochy Castle Hotel.  Other employment opportunities include agriculture, forestry, fish farms, construction, transport, quarrying and a rapidly growing renewable energy industry.
The Ben Nevis distillery is at the southern edge of the parish.