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Reviewed 22 April 2019

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

Room tip: The Infirmary
Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ambassador699642, General Manager at The Cathedral of The Isles, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 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.

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Reviewed 11 April 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

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.

Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

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.

Room tip: Upstairs rooms have a lovely view
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

This is definitely the most unusual place I have stayed but I am so happy we did. This has everything you need to get away from the real world of stress and pressure. No televisions in the room should be seen as a positive. The beds very comfy. Food and cleanliness are of a very high standard as is the friendly people who meet and greet you to explain everything. This is (for me anyway) a proper Island retreat. Privacy, peace and quiet if you want it. I will definitely go back. Don't be put off as religion was never mentioned once by anyone. It's a fully inclusive visit for all denominations.

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Thomas M
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