Saint Columba’s Cathedral in Oban

For those History buffs! Do you love Abbeys and churches? These are something that we are blessed with here in the British Isles, with Saint Columba’s Cathedral being a prime example. The cathedral is located in the seaside town of Oban and is positioned directly facing the seafront. It is currently the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and is the head church of the same Diocese.

Where can I find St. Columba's Cathedral?

The Cathedral is located in the seaside town of Oban, which is serviced by regular bus and rail routes to and from Glasgow. The nearest train station is Oban station which is located just a short walk from the Cathedral.

The building was funded through donations at Diocese across Canada, The US and Ireland, with the first stone being laid in 1932, although it would take until 1959 for the church to be completed. The church has regular events and exhibitions that visitors can attend, these are interactive and may give an insight into the history of the building and area, these include the 1500th anniversary of Saint Columba’s birth and the Multi-faith declaration, which was used for Cop26.

 

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What's on in Oban

Charity Garden Opening - Dal an Eas

13 - 26 August, 2022
An informal country garden with the aim of increasing the biodiversity of native plants and insects while adding interest and colour with introduced trees, shrubs and naturalised perennials. There is a structured garden round the house and beyond there are extensive flower-filled ‘meadows’ with five different species of native orchid. Grass paths lead to waterfalls, vegetable plot, woodland garden, views and ancient archaeological sites. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

KidSpace Sessions

12 - 23 August, 2022
Based on the heritage of Oban, includes cave, fishing boat, shop and much much more.   Price is per child and accompanying adult.

Oban Town Walking Tour

12 - 25 August, 2022
On this 1 hour tour, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds as you travel back through the centuries to discover the history and culture of Oban. Your local, expert guide will bring the gateway to the Isles to life through tales, traditions and stories. Once hailed by Queen Victoria as 'one of the finest spots she has ever seen', you’ll soon see why. From world famous firework fiascos to distilleries and the iconic McCaigs Tower, the history of Oban is just waiting to be discovered! The tour includes: Oban Distillery SS Breda Shipwreck War and Peace Museum McCaigs Tower And more hidden gems! Price: £10 per person (kids under 12 go free) When?: 10:30am Sats/Suns in June & every day in Jul & Aug Duration: 1.5 hours Meeting point: Outside VisitScotland iCentre, North Pier

Scenic Flights from Oban Airport

12 - 25 August, 2022
30 min flight around the sights of Oban and the surrounding area including Castle Stalker, Loch Spelve, Torosay Castle, Island of Mull, Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban Town, Duart Castle, Lismore Light, Eriska, Tralee Bay and North Ledaig Caravan Park

Games Club

18 - 25 August, 2022
Recreational board games club. Enjoy an afternoon of light hearted competition at our weekly Games Club. Play treasured classics like Scrabble, Mahjong and Cards or try out some contemporary favourites like Uno. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided (except to cheaters or overly competitive folk). If you have any boardgames you would like to donate to the club please get in touch with our Wellbeing Officer Niki. Requests for new games can be added to the list available at the club.

Traditional Scottish Ceilidh Experience

15 - 25 August, 2022
We run regular 2 hours of ceilidh dancing will give our small groups of dancers a true insight to the fascinating music and culture of Scotland. Our expert guides will talk you through the dances so you enjoy an unforgettable evening.

Landscape Painting Workshop

13 - 14 August, 2022
A full day landscape painting workshop with artist Ellis O’Connor. Learn alternative mark making skills, mixed medium techniques and how to paint the landscape in your own style. Participants will explore various ways to approach mark making using mixed mediums to create texture, detail and depth. Learn techniques for drawing and painting to bring out your inner style and build up confidence in using various tools and materials from nature. All materials are provided and are water-based and environmentally friendly. Participants are encouraged to bring some mark making tools found on the beach, in the forest or other outdoor locations, which will be used in the session. For example: twigs, shells, stones, foliage or other interesting shaped and textured objects. Your tutor Ellis O'Connor holds both an Honour’s and Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design where she graduated from in 2015. Over the last six years, Ellis has worked as a full-time artist whilst travelling consistently to take part in artist in residence programmes around the world. Most notably, Ellis was one of ten artists selected to take part in the annual Arctic Circle Residency. Taking direct inspiration from the environment, 10 artists were chosen to sail around the Archipelago of Svalbard in the High Arctic. Ellis exhibits her work widely locally and internationally throughout the year as well as tutoring and running art works for public organisations and private clients. Ellis has a deep passion for art and believes it’s one of the most effective tools in exploring connection and using it as an important outlet to navigate through inner emotions. Ellis appeared on BBC's Mortimer & Whitehouse go fishing as well as BBC Scot and Visit Scotland. More info about Ellis' achievements

Creative Walking

13 - 13 August, 2022
Get into the creative 'flow' at our Creative walking sessions with a gentle walk exploring Oban. Take time to breathe in the beauty and touch on a bit of history or information about the area whilst we sit, explore and sketch a feature or write some inspirational quotes prompted by the walk. This will be a nice, relaxed gentle walk for all starting and ending at The Rockfield Centre. Things to take: All weather clothing and footwear i.e. layers, raincoats, sunglasses and sun cream A Snack and drink Something to sit on i.e. a blanket A journal and or a sketch pad Art materials i.e. pencil, rubbers, colouring pencils and any other materials you like to work with Ready-made art packs to borrow for anyone who would like one.

Declan Welsh And The Decadent West

14 - 14 August, 2022
Indie ensemble hailing from East Kilbride, Scotland.

Joy, Jukebox and Juice

16 - 16 August, 2022
Fun sessions for children and families. Enjoy some summer fun with kids crafts, dance, stories and playtime in these creative sessions. Sessions include guided crafts and activities to take part in as well as self-led creative exploration. A Carton of juice and snack will be provided for each child. All craft materials provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Macrame Workshop Oban

20 - 20 August, 2022
Macrame workshop at the Rockfield Arts Centre Oban Saturday 20th August 1-3pm Come along to to learn the basics of macrame and learn how to create your very own macrame wall/plant hanging. All materials are provided and booking is essential as spaces are limited. Macrame is an ancient textile craft that originates from the 13th century and is mostly associated with the 70’s when it was first made popular.  But macrame has made a modern comeback over the last decade and has found to be a wonderful craft for mindfulness.

Dunollie's Walking Ceilidh

24 - 24 August, 2022
Enjoy a musical evening in Dunollie. We will be welcoming a number of traditional Scottish musicians and dancers, whose performances you will be able to take in as you wander around our site. You may listen to a variety of beautiful instrument, have a go at some dances yourself and sample some of the Kettle Garden Cafe's light bites and refreshments.

Songs and Stories

25 - 25 August, 2022
A casual afternoon session listening to music or sharing songs and memories. Enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with music, song and stories from days gone by. Filled with warm memories and nostalgic sensations this session offers a sociable and participatory afternoon of gentle entertainment. Feel free to bring your own instrument and give us a tune we can all enjoy. We will have plenty of stories from days gone by to blether about.