Welcome to The United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles

The United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles is one of the seven historic Dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church

With two Cathedrals ~ St John the Divine, in Oban, and The Cathedral of The Isles, on the Isle of Cumbrae, the Diocese extends from Iona to Glencoe and from Lewis and the Western Isles to Kintyre and Arran.

This breathtakingly beautiful region is covered by many Episcopalian churches each offering a warm, unique welcome to worship and community

Worship in our Diocesan Churches 

We  are delighted that both Cathedrals and most of our churches are now able to offer communal worship whilst abiding by all the restrictions to ensure that we keep ourselves and those with us as safe as possible. Please contact individual churches to find out their times of worship. For the current Provincial guidelines.



Study and discussion with Bishop Keith

The Bishop invites you to attend a series of four studies on important questions of the Faith


Dates: September 7/ 14/ 21/ 28
Time:   7pm—8.30pm
Venue: St John’s Cathedral, Oban
A Presentation followed by discussion

For those unable to attend in person, together with others around the Diocese


Dates: September 7/ 14/ 21/ 28
Time:   7pm—8.30pm

Discussion with Bishop Keith via Zoom

Dates: September 8/ 15/ 22/ 29
Time:   10.30am – 11.30am

* 7 September – WHY? WHY BELIEVE IN GOD Theology – Are there reasons for believing in God, or is it all just blind faith?

* 14 September – WHERE? WHERE IS GOD KNOWN – THE TRINITY & ALL THINGS CONFUSING The Holy Trinity – Where it doesn’t add up (God and the Jesus-thing)

* 21 September – HOW? HOW THE CROSS CHANGES EVERYTHING The Atonement – How does the death of Jesus make a difference?

* 28 September – WHEN? WHEN GOD BECOMES PRESENT The Eucharist – What on earth is going on in Holy Communion

Booking is essential

IN PERSON: Booking Sheet @ St John’s Cathedral

ON ZOOM: via dean@argyll.anglican.org

Link will be sent in the week beginning September 5th

Any enquiries dean@argyll.anglican.org

This is a FREE event

Download  Going Deeper in Faith



Mission – Lay Development Day – Saturday 20th August 2022, Lochgilphead.

Ways of Personal Prayer

A Lay Development Day will be held on Saturday 20th August at Christchurch, Lochgilphead, on the subject of ‘Ways of Personal Prayer’.

The aim of this event is to enrich our personal prayer life by:

• Reflecting on our own present patterns of prayer

• Exploring other ways of personal prayer

We plan to have short presentations by invited speakers on ‘How I pray’, a longer presentation on personal prayer in general, and, of course, plenty of group discussion and feedback.

The day will start at 9.30 with refreshments for a 10.00 start, and will finish with tea/coffee at 3.00. Lunch will be provided.

It will be good to meet in person for the first time since November 2019! However, we also may run a Zoom version of the event in the autumn for those unable to be with us in person in August.

If you would like to attend, please book by contacting us at missionenablers@argyll.anglican.org (or by phone: Ros: 07802 746460; Chris: 07711 944807)

Ros and Chris Brett, Mission Enablers

Download Personal prayer flyer


Argyll and The Isles Diocesan Retreat, 2022

“Journeying with Jesus in the Gospels.”

Retreat led by Bishop Keith

Mon – Thurs 24th – 27th October 2022

College of the Holy Spirit, Cathedral of The Isles, Millport

After a gap of 2 years, the Diocesan Retreat is back! We are delighted that Bishop Keith will lead us in our retreat this year. Accommodation is in comfortable rooms and the food is excellent. The College is set on a grassy wooded site next to the Cathedral of the Isles built in 1851 by William Butterfield and is minutes from the sea.

The Retreat will run from 4pm on Monday 24th October to after breakfast on Thurs 27th . The cost is £330 per person. To book, contact the Cathedral at office@cathedraloftheisles.org or at 01475 530353.

A discount may be available for attendees in authorised lay ministry. Please contact Ros and Chris Brett, Mission Enablers, if you wish to apply for this.

For further information email missionenablers@argyll.anglican.org.


Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF) – Vacancy for an SEC contact person

The Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF) is a network of organisations and individuals committed to developing routes for off-road pilgrimage travel across Scotland. See https://www.sprf.org.uk/ for more details. The main work of SPRF is to support and resource local groups who are seeking to develop pilgrimage routes in Scotland. The newest of the routes are the Cowal Pilgrim Ways, which comprise 5 connected pilgrim ways across the Cowal Peninsula, centred on Kilmun.

SPRF generally holds two meetings each year, a Spring Gathering in April and a Pilgrimage Gathering & AGM in in September or October. The next meeting is the 2022 Gathering and AGM on 30th September, and it will take place in Kilmun. The Mission Board of the SEC is looking for a contact person with an interest in Scottish Pilgrimage Routes, whose role is to report on the activities of the SPRF to the Mission Board, and to keep the SEC informed about future events and opportunities concerning pilgrimage in Scotland.

Pilgrimage and Faith Tourism offer major outreach opportunities for the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles. The Diocese includes the major pilgrimage destination of Iona and many other places with deep roots in Celtic spirituality and history, with many Celtic saints being associated with Argyll Churches. There is also considerable interest in the association between the Stuart royal family and Argyll, especially Bonnie Prince Charlie and his escape after Culloden. So any members of the Diocese who have an interest in pilgrimage are encouraged to volunteer for the role of SEC contact person.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Dr Chris Brett, the Diocese’s representative on the Mission Board, at missionenablers@argyll.anglican.org, or by phone: 07711 944807.



Current Information & Daily Prayers

Daily Prayers for the Scottish Episcopal Church 

Prayer Cycle

The Argyll and The Isles Weekly Prayer Cycle


The Scottish Episcopal Institute prayer diary can be downloaded   here

 Latest Argyll and The Isles Newsletter is available here

Diocese of Argyll & The Isles – Privacy Statement and  Policies & Procedures


Website Updating

This is a continual process.  Please let the Office know if you wish to add any useful information.

Email office@argyll.anglican.org