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The Cathedral and the Friends


The Cathedral of the Isles, situated in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, is one of two Cathedral churches in the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles (the other one is at Oban)

The Cathedral's artistic heritage is being restored with ongoing help from the Friends. The Cathedral and College were built in 1849 on the principles of the Oxford Movement, and were designed by William Butterfield. The Cathedral is said to be Europe’s smallest: it is certainly one of its finest in architecture and setting. The interior is animated by dramatic proportions, vivid tiles designed by Butterfield, and stained glass by the famous firm of John Hardman & Company

Click here for the Cathedral Guide leaflet

The Cathedral and the adjacent College of the Holy Spirit are used regularly for retreats, courses and other events: for details watch the Events page.  Accommodation is available in the College, and the facilities have been upgraded recently with help from the Friends


The Cathedral has a distinguished musical tradition, for which its buildings and location provide an ideal setting. Concerts and courses are offered in addition to liturgical music. Further information may be found on the Music page

The annual Friends Weekend is held each October. This event includes the Annual General Meeting and social activities


The Friends of the Cathedral of the Isles



Robert Garnett


The Reverend Canon Gordon Fyfe

Treasurer & Membership:

Nick Roe

Photos to left, thanks to Sharron Davies

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