A Parish of the R.C. Diocese of Argyll and the Isles Charitable Trust | A registered Scottish Charity, number SC002876
Fr. William Maclean
B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.B., S.T.L.
In August 2011, Father William MacLean moved from St. Margaret's in Lochgilphead to Portree and became Parish Priest to both churches, St. Maolrubha's and St. Mary's.
The Isle of Skye....
Situated off the north west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye is connected to the Scottish mainland via a toll-free bridge.
The island's history includes periods of Norse rule, clan dominence (esp. MacLeod and MacDonald) and the Highland Clearances.
Renowned for its stunning mountain scenery, wild seascapes and dark skies there is an abundance of wildlife inhabiting land and sea including red deer, gold eagles, Atlantic salmon, seals and whales and dolphins.
The traditional tourism, fishing and crofting industries still play vital roles in the island's economy but are these days flanked by community ventures, renewable energy initiatives and software/IT business. There is also a thriving whisky industry.
The Gaelic language and culture are strong in many townships and communities. Scotland's Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, is situated in the south end of the island and has undergone a major expansion in recent years.
We are a parish of some 300 parishioners...scattered over an area of 639 square miles!
Our parish belongs to the diocese of Argyll and the Isles and our bishop is The Right Reverend Brian McGee.
The Congregations at Portree and Broadford are greatly increased during the holiday season by tourists who visit Skye, and of course at Easter and Christmas when many people return to their family homes on the island.
Rt. Rev. Mgr. James L. Canon MacNeil
Prior to Fr. William's arrival, the Rt. Rev. Mgr. James L. Canon MacNeil, known locally as both Father James and Father Seumas, had served us for 12 years.
Father James was the first Roman Catholic priest to reside on the Isle of Skye since The Reformation: his recent predecessors had lived in the parish house in Dornie on the mainland.
During Father James' time the Catholic church in Skye saw many changes not least the building of two new churches!
Father James is now administrator at St. Columba's Cathedral in Oban.