GLENCRUITTEN CATHEDRAL OF TREES
Welcome to Scotland's only living cathedral
The Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees is situated just to the East of Oban in the midst of the Glencruitten Woods and is open all year round - just follow the red stone way markers.
It was laid out in 1921 by Alexander Mackay, the then owner of Glencruitten, who also planted the surrounding woodlands. He took as his model the old Cathedral in St Andrews, Fife. Planting trees was Mackay's way of helping to restore the nation's forests which at that time had been depleted through the demand for timber during the First World War. It was also a way of giving employment to local people, many of them ex service men returning from the trenches. As the trees grew and his beloved Cathedral took shape, it spoke to him of hope and the restoration of peace. These ideas remain the ongoing gift and message to today's visitors.
Sadly, nearly 100 years on, the Cathedral has fallen into some disrepair but in 2016 a charity was set up: The Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees (SCIO) with the aim of restoring this unique site and making it available to the local community, visitors and pilgrims as a place of recreation and as a resource for learning and volunteering.