The cathedral during lockdown

At the start of the 2020 growing season, everything in the Cathedral followed the usual pattern for early Spring – rhododendrons came into bloom, birdsong increased, new leaves began to appear on the trees and spring flowers brought life and colour after the long winter .

But then The Corona Virus Lockdown things was upon us and things were not quite the same. The group from Oban High School had to end their regular visits and all the activities planned for the Summer were cancelled.

However, some things have been able to continue. The home volunteer team (just the 2 of us) continue to work away – weeding, tidying and planting – and the paths in the Nave and Peace Garden have been further improved. The central aisle has been resurfaced with crushed pink and white granite giving it a wonderful sparkle especially after rain. This is still a work in progress so we ask everyone to tread softly and to keep dogs on leads. Many thanks to Glensanda Quarry for donating the materials for these paths and to Ian McCuish and team for carrying out the work.

There have also been some changes in the Chapter House. Traditionally this is the space where Cathedral elders (The Chapter) would hold their meetings – so now twelve stumps from a recently felled Tsuga tree are placed around the edge and in the centre a cross mown into the grass.


It has been lovely to welcome so many visitors who have chosen to come to the Cathedral during their time of outdoor exercise We hope that the peace of the Cathedral can offer healing and refreshment in these difficult and uncertain times.

Thank you for coming and for recording your visit by dropping a pebble in the flower pot!