St Columba's Cathedral

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St. Columba's Cathedral
St. Columba's Cathedral
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View across seafront
St. Columba's Cathedral is located in Argyll and Bute
St. Columba's Cathedral
St. Columba's Cathedral
Location within Argyll and Bute
Coordinates: 56°25′09″N 5°28′45″W / 56.419184°N 5.479155°W / 56.419184; -5.479155
LocationOban, Argyll and Bute
DenominationRoman Catholic
Architect(s)Giles Gilbert Scott
StyleGothic Revival
DioceseArgyll and the Isles
ProvinceSt Andrews and Edinburgh
ArchbishopMost Rev Leo Cushley
Bishop(s)Rt Rev Brian McGee

The Cathedral Church of St Columba in Oban is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and mother church of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. The cathedral is located on the sea front at the northern end of Oban.


The cathedral was designed in the Neo-Gothic style by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the foundation stone being laid in 1932 and the building completed in 1959. The work was partially funded by money raised by the diocese in the USA, Canada and Ireland. It is constructed from pink Peterhead and blue Inverawe granite.

In the Middle Ages the cathedral of the diocese of Argyll was north of Oban on the island of Lismore. Dedicated to St Moluag, Lismore Cathedral is now a Church of Scotland parish church.

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