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Tiny but perfect in every detail

Many visitors to Cumbrae seem to miss one of its most delightful locations, the Cathedral of the Isles. This tiny cathedral can seat 100 and is listed as the smallest cathedral in Europe. It lies a few minutes walk up College Street from the seafront and is set in idyllic surroundings. It is in use and there is a service every Sunday, although there is now no bishopric attached.

In early summer the cathedral grounds are strewn with flowering garlic—yes, garlic!

Despite the small size of the cathedral, the architecture is stunning and the interior is open to visitors all year round.
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Comments Welcome Millport! That's every island in the area got a representative now! Get the Coll bar to send out the barrels of ale! Can you send me an email at islandblogging@bbc.co.uk to complete your registration? thanks, Mike

Mike from Glasgow


Hi Millport! I never knew there was a cathedral! We've stopped off at Millport a few times in the viking longship but we never seem to get further than the pub. Must try harder next time

Sunny from Arran


I must nip over some time!

Daily from Bute


Sunny, there's an entrance to the cathedral in College Street, about 200 yards (maybe less) from the Newton Bar. Mind you, churches were often used as places of safety during Viking raids so you might find the door barred! :o)

Duke of Craigmore from Bute


nice to see buildings and streets from my early childhood. Special time for memories in such a wonderful setting

vincent cassidy from vancouver


Hope to be over in late June early July 2006 for another enjoyable third visit and to try out the new pipe organ.

Tom Gray from Townsville, Australia


Too bad the photo below the "Islandblogging" logo in the Great Cumbrae home page is that of two cyclists cycling down Largs pier with Largs in background!!!

Lizzie from Ayrshire


can you tell me about caravan sites on the island

dave bamber from wigan


i have lived in millport all my life and now i am finaly away i can start appreciating it for what it is ,a lovely place to be everything is so relaxed and friendly , also try the beacon resteraunt top class

Scott Abernethy from Millport , (fareham ,portsmouth)


Just like Scott, I grew up on Great Cumbrae, nice place, well as is all of Scotland really!! Scott, if its you, Alan and Chris's brother, email me... mattguddat@hotmail.com

Matthew from New Zealand


Did you know you can stay at the Cathedral? Visit www.island-retreats.org for more details

Janice from Millport


I have to agree with Lizzie that the cycling pic could have been better... In fact why not feature the 'revolutionary' Conference Bike which provided so much fun and entertainment all summer in Millport - even for those who were just spectating ;o)

Raymond Purcell from Glasgow


What a beautiful part of Scotland. When we visitied the cathedral it was a hive of activity - the folks were spring cleaning and happy doing it. Blessings to all

Jim McGee from London, Ontario, Canada


What can I say you all sound like old grumps. Millport was my childhood destination and I and my family loved every min of it. My great grandparents are buried there I have to admit Im still trying to find there names if any body can help my family names are Potter and Napier but there could be other names invouled my mum was christened there sometime around 1928 Mary Napier I have always loved Millport and cannot wait until I see the wee haven again. If you can help me with my search for my history my e-mail is ssspotter36@yahoo.co.uk Thanks for your assistance and the beautiful memories

susan gill nee potter from spain


I remember Mrs Peacock, teacher at Cumbrae School, telling us that although the Cathedral was often quoted as the smallest in Europe it was only the chancel area that was the smallest. Can anyone confirm?

Janine from Dingwall


I fantasised about a job here. Now I have one. What more can I say??!! Dreams CAN and DO come true if you have enough determination.

claire kelly from Millport, Isle of Cumbrae


I worked abroad in the USA for Thirty Years and have travelled all over the US, but I cannot find anyplace to compare to Millport, I Now reside here permantly and to my American it is known as Alex Eden

Alexander McGeoch from The White House in Kames Bay Millport


When I was 15 in 1973 I visited Scotland for the first time and saw my grandmother and other relatives. A highlight of my trip was visiting Millport, my mother's summer vacation spot. George and Betty Watson hosted me and were so delightful in my stay at Millport. They are distant relative, but I am not sure how. Their sons Lawrence and Gerald were also there and Gerald and I rode around the island. They laughed at me because it was the first time this Canadian (Kanuk!) saw the ocean. This year, my 91 year old mother, 2 sisters and 10 year old son visited Millport. My son did not want to leave and suggested I should find a job there. I tried to contact any of the Watsons who were so kind to me, but had no luck. I heard they moved to Largs, but still no luck.I was told by the grocer at Millport that George and Betty moved to Largs, but no luck in contacting them. If any of you know them, please give my e-mail address. I work at Brock University near Niagara Falls Canada wbakker@brocku.ca or msmagoo1958@aol.com. I love Millport and Largs and hope to return soon. It feeds my soul!

Wendy Bakker (Roe - Hughes) from St. Catharines Ontario Canada




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