The College of The Holy Spirit

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Built in 1851 as a theological college for the Scottish Episcopal Church, the College of the Holy Spirit is attached to the Cathedral of The Isles, Britain’s smallest cathedral, and is set in 8 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. We offer accommodation to groups and individuals as well as organised retreats.

We have a selection of 16 bedrooms. These include single, twin or double rooms and two family rooms. Five of the bedrooms are en-suite and there is also a ground floor bedroom and bathroom which is specifically set up for those who are physically less able.

Guests have the use of our library and common room. The Cathedral is open every day for services or simply quiet times and reflection.

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To learn more about bringing a group to stay with us please click here

If you’d like to know more about staying at the College on one of our Open Retreats please click here

We also offer Bed & Breakfast, which can be booked online. To check availability and make an online booking click here We are proud to have been awarded 8.5/10 by guests who have booked through and have 3* Guest House accreditation with Visit Scotland.

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Meet the team

Our dedicated staff

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Bring a Group

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Open Programme

Jesus himself took time out to pray which, in his context, was often up a mountain. Here are a number of opportunities for you to do the same, but in our context to do so on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland’s most accessible island. There is something quite magical about making the journey across the water from the Scottish mainland onto an island – we invite you to come and experience it for yourself.The College & Cathedral are set in 8 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds. All of our retreats are fully catered with accommodation being in single, twin, double or family rooms; some of which are en-suite. The College is a Visit Scotland accredited 3 star Guest House  Facilities at the college include a library, common room and community art studio as well as the cathedral itself.

  • Click here for a summary of the 2018 Open Programme
  • Click here to download the 2018 Open Programme Brochure
  • Click here to see our Creative Art Experiences
  • For details of the Friends’ Bursary Fund, which provides assistance to those who need it in order to take part in events on this programme, please click hereTo learn more about a specific retreat please click on the appropriate link below

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    Community Art Studio

    Available to visiting groups

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