Glen Callum, Kingarth (Bute)

Grid reference

NS 100 530 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

210000 653000







Nearby places

Kingarth aka Kilblaan, eccles. Kingarth (0.4 miles)

Suidhe Bhlain, St Blane's Hill, Kingarth (0.44 miles)

St Blane's Well, Kingarth (0.45 miles)

Kingarth, parish (Bute) (0.45 miles)

St Blane's Stone, Kingarth (0.81 miles)

Object Classification


Is linear feature?



The glen gives rise to the name of the nearby bay, OS Glencallum Bay, at its south-eastern end. The bay is shown on Roy's map as 'McColm's Hole', which suggests that Glen Callum may be named after someone called McCalum. But it is possible that Roy's name actually derives from Mo-Cholm, a hypocoristic form of Calum used of saints. In support of treating this name as referring to a saint is the entry in the Martyrology of Tallaght for 1 March, which celebrates 'Columbae Cinn Garadh' (Columba of Kingarth), while Martyrology of Gornam mentions for the same day 'Colum Caemfial' (Colum the gently modest) and is glossed 'Cinn Garadh' (of Kingarth). The settlemenet of Glencallum, situated in the glen, is named 'Challum' (1654), 'Glenkallum' (1649), 'Glenhallum' (1759). See Márkus 2012, 194-5.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Kingarth, parish (Bute)