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The Cathedral


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 and the adjacent College of the Holy Spirit were built in 1849 on the principles of the Oxford Movement, and were designed by William Butterfield, one of the greatest architects of the nineteenth century. 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.

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.


Top: The Cathedral from the north

Left: Stained glass designed by John Hardman & Co


Above: Tiles designed by William Butterfield; detail of altar frontal ca. 1930

Click here for a plan and guide to the Cathedral