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Welcome to the Cathedral of the Isles


Letter from Robert Garnett,

Chairman of the

Friends of the Cathedral of the Isles

June 2023

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Sited romantically on the Isle of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde, the Cathedral of the Isles is one of two cathedrals of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles (the other one is at Oban). Founded in 1849 and consecrated in 1851, the Cathedral and adjacent College of the Holy Spirit, now used as a retreat house, were designed by William Butterfield, one of the greatest nineteenth century British architects. The buildings remain with little alteration and now offer an ideal setting for worship, music, study and events. This unique heritage is now in need of conservation and development, and this is the work of the Friends

We hope that you will join us by becoming a Friend

Click on the picture for the Friends’ leaflet

Contact the Friends by email:

Annual General Meeting 2023

The Friends' Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 16 September at 2pm in the College following a 12.00noon celebration of the Eucharist in the Cathedral and lunch in the College

If you would like lunch, please email

Following the AGM (with a break for tea/coffee), Canon Alec Boyd will lead a session on "The Future of the College", which all Friends are invited to attend.

Click here for AGM invitaion and papers

Click here for 2023 Accounts

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