St Mary's recording studio Appin Oban Sc


Northern light through stained glass; high ceilings, wooden floors, comfy sofas and a roaring stove on colder days: working at St Mary’s is always inspiring.

Embraced by the breathtaking natural environment and warm charm of the building, St Mary’s is a family run creative arts space and recording studio with accommodation in the Scottish West Highlands.


Conceived by composer Jamie Smith and his crafter wife Charlotte as a living art work, the building and environs provide an inviting, inspirational and affordable workspace and retreat for artists and musicians looking to escape their daily distractions and find the space to create.


We at St. Mary’s Space are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of everyone: our clients, the family team who run St. Mary’s and the local residents of the Appin and Fasnacloich area. In order to do this we are working under new operating guidelines in complete compliance with the latest Scottish Government recommendations.  To find out how Social distancing and the additional health and safety requirements will have a material impact on working at St. Mary's Space, please read our guide.


Alternatively the studio is also very capably equipped for remote work and collaboration, offering the same high standard of recording and music production services and with plenty of experience working remotely. Contact us to arrange a phone call or zoom chat face to face.


The Church casts its spell on everyone who comes here. The towering wooden ceilings, roaring log fires, stained glass windows and sprung redwood floors create a truly inspiring atmosphere full of natural light, oddities, curios and vintage instruments with plenty of room to make a magnificent creative mess.


It's easy to get a huge, epic sound here, though the many panels, screens, cupboards and rooms provide plenty of other more intimate acoustic options too.  Fabulous Tannoy Berkeley monitors and an SSL SuperAnalogue signal path reveal the nuance and depth captured by every microphone in this truly magical and unique acoustic.  


For artists looking for a quiet place to write or make work on their own, the Sitooterie is ideal. Quirkily decorated and very comfy, work in an atmosphere of peace and solitude or step out the door into the sublime landscape of the Scottish West Highlands. 


"There’s precious little I wouldn’t recommend about this spot! 
Run by 3 of the most wonderfully hospitable people you could hope to meet; housed in a beautiful, unique and inspiring building, located in one of the most stunning rural idylls on Earth! 
I have worked, played, eaten and drank at St Mary’s and will do so again.

A perfect retreat for creatives and lovers of culture and nature"

Lee Allatson

"Spent a few days recording at St Mary's recently and can't recommend it enough. Beautiful space, great sound and a lovely family"

Sam Hawker 

"We hosted a wedding photography workshop at St Mary's Space last weekend. I couldn’t be more grateful to Charlotte and Jamie for their incredible food and generous hospitality. St Mary's is the most incredible space, you can tell that they have put their soul into creating it. I was lucky enough to stay in the room which is just beautiful and provided the perfect light for photographs.

I absolutely cannot wait to come back and would highly recommend"

 Beccy Farr Belle Art Photography

Just wanted to say- Jamie is a genius! An absolute genius! I'm beyond thrilled to be working with him!

I can't stop listening to the new tracks!

Knomad Spock