Cathedrals, Churches and Priory

Apart from architectural and archaeological interest, our places of worship reflect our turbulent history since Columba’s monks set out from Iona to christianise the country in the 6th century AD.

Beauly Priory, located on the OUTLANDER TRAIL not far from Inverness in the delightful village of Beauly, with good range of catering, accommodation and shops including a kiltmaker. More info

Canisbay Church.One of only three T-plan (Viking design) churches in Scotland (north coast). Sit in the seat where the Queen Mother worshipped. and admire the memorial stone to Jan de Gruyt (John O’Groats). More info Enjoy fabulous views of Stroma. More info on life of the now uninhabited Stroma

Dornoch Cathedral. A welcoming place of worship, full of historical interest, it is also a wonderful concert venue. More info

Elgin Cathedral (a majestic ruin), located in Elgin, Morayshire; 13th c. ‘Lantern of the North’; burned down by the ‘Wolf of Badenoch’; beautiful architectural design, collection of carved stones. More info

Fortrose Cathedral, Chanonry of Ross, Black Isle, NE of Inverness; built 1250-1260. Interesting history and social history, located in centre of Fortrose (famous for dolphins at Chanonry Point). More info

St Andrews, Inverness Episcopal Cathedral; Inverness City Centre, by river Ness; 19th c built in Gothic style with donations from the congregation; Russian icons, beautiful stone carvings and sculptures, large stained-glass window; wedding and concert venue. More info

St Magnus, Kirkwall Cathedral, Orkney, Church of Scotland, in centre of Kirkwall opposite the Orkney Museum; 12th c. origins; its history is crucial to Orkney history, includes memorial to Dr John Rae, arctic explorer, who was born in Orphir on Orkney. More info

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