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The Cathedral of The Isles

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The College of the Holy Spirit College Street, KA28 0HE Scotland
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#3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Great Cumbrae
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A unique and historic property - guest accommodation in 2 college buildings that form part of the Cathedral of The Isles, Britain's smallest cathedral.
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Jenwen27 wrote a review May 2019
Bathgate, United Kingdom48 contributions11 helpful votes
What a fabulous place, beautiful, unusual, friendly staff and great common areas. Some of us were in Inforium St Patrick which had a window over the altar of the Cathedral! Breakfast was delicious. Will definitely return!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Susan wrote a review Apr 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom4 contributions
The most beautiful building. We stayed in St Ninnians, a twin with comfortable beds; not ensuite but a wash basin, plenty of towels and nearby toilet and good shower. Friendly staff and a fantastic cooked breakfast Highly recommended
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 23 Apr 2019
Thank you for your positive comments i will pass on those comments to our team and hope we can welcome you back to The Cathedral of the Isles before to long. Charles
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falkirkguest wrote a review Apr 2019
Falkirk, United Kingdom17 contributions8 helpful votes
Stayed with 1 other family 4 adults / 4 kids and spaces and outside space along with location all perfect. Lovely peaceful atmosphere but still close enough to shops and entertainment and restaurants. Fabulous breakfast.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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DomDM16 wrote a review Nov 2017
Scotland, United Kingdom13 contributions10 helpful votes
Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Lovely communal breakfast – fresh fruit was a lovely extra. Were very accommodating – even allowed us to bring our bikes into the building whilst we stayed. Excellent that you get use of the library and common rom – very peaceful relaxing room(s) to just sit and contemplate. Good WiFi – wasn’t expecting WiFi in a cathedral!! Comfortable room – lovely and warm. Different place to stay and would recommend it if you are ever in Cumbrae. Bit more than your usual B&B but I suppose captive market (that's why only 4 stars). Recommend Fraser Pub as well for an evening meal (relaxing 10 min walk along sea front) – good beer, good food, wood burning stove – what more do you want. Only thing I’d update is the info in the rooms of where you can eat – big list stated but some were permanently closed (we went on a hunt for them) and some closed in winter. So I’d have a summer list and a winter list – and definitely remove those that are shut down. But a small thing amongst a very pleasant stay.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Travel_Teddybears wrote a review Nov 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom1280 contributions385 helpful votes
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We have just returned from a 1 night stay in this beautiful unusual place. We have wanted to stay here for years and never had the chance, but finally got to go a couple of weeks ago particularly choosing this location for the Building and tranquillity. It was everything we had heard about and more. In fact I do not think they publicise themselves enough, but I understand that would maybe kill the very thing that is so appealing about this fabulous quiet location. Firstly it is, I think, primarily a Christian Retreat, but anyone from any religious persuasion, or non at all are welcome. It is set in the building of the Cathedral of the Isles and the wonderful Cloisters.We were not ecpecting the room to be as nice as it was. It was very large, very warm, comfortable. Clean, a decent enough shower and NO television or radio. Ahhh...........Radio silence. Sublime. Saying that there was excellent wifi that worked very well and very fast. The bed was a big cosy double with one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever slept on. 10/10 for the room. Lovely view. Ours was called Fortitude, which was amusing and apt for our past !! Do not go expecting modern accommodation, this is quaint and old fashoned. Lovely old tartan carpets, rickety old stairs and lovely carved stained woodwork with the smell of beeswax polish. So welcoming. The Cloisters are Divine (excuse the pun). Really quaint and architecturally beautiful. It was like walking into a medieval fresco even if the building itself is not medieval. It was wonderful just to sit quietly and soak up the atmosphere. Breakfast is taken in a beautiful huge hall with refectory tables and a High platform at the end. Good big old solid long tables straight out of your imagination a monastry would have. We made a bit of an error, we were told breakfast was at 9am. so we went down and started. Then others joined us and then the Matron / manager and we realised we all ate together and should have waited. We professed our apologies ! But we had only had cornflakes. We were a little embarrassed. Breakfast was good and hot. Bacon eggs tomatoes mushrooms etc and the whole atmosphere is again tranquil. Good coffee make your own toast. There is an early mroning service at 8.30 we did not attend and then wished we had. You are not hurried and everything is peaceful. We checked out and spent half a day in the Cathedral attached, I have reviewed this seperately. Needless to say it was glorious. I think this place is very well run probably on very limited funding. The food, atmosphere and accommodation is excellent and just for a few hours you really are taken out of the hubbub of modern society and all the stresses and strains that go with it. We cannot reccommend this place highly enough.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have a lovely view
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US$103 - US$112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandAyrshireNorth AyrshireThe CumbraesGreat Cumbrae
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cathedral of The Isles
Which popular attractions are close to The Cathedral of The Isles?
Nearby attractions include Cathedral of the Isles (0.00 km), Crocodile Rock (0.3 km), and Garrison House (0.3 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Cathedral of The Isles?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Dancing Midge Cafe, Round Island Cafe, and The Newton Bar.
Are there any historical sites close to The Cathedral of The Isles?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kelburn Castle & Estate (5.2 km), The Holy Cave (4.0 km), and Hunterston Castle (4.6 km).