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"Dornoch Cathedral" Dornoch Things to Do Tip by scottishvisitor

Dornoch Things to Do: 15 reviews and 42 photos

When Gilbert de Movaria became Bishop of Caithness in 1222 he moved his seat from his diocese in Halkirk to Dornoch. It was in this town he built his Cathedral Church financed with his own money. By 1239 the Cathedral was finished and was consecrated at its first Mass. During the Mass the bones of the previous Bishop - Adam Bishop Gilbert were received and entombed in the Church. Bishop Adam was the last Scot to be Canonised and given a place in the Calendar of Saints. After many destruction's including a Clan Battle where the inside of the Church was totally burnt out, the Cathedral managed to survive the turbulent times down through the centuries. The Church remained Roman Catholic for 350 years until the reformation when it saw its biggest changes. I can't imagine why the Church leaders of that day would cover the lovely stone with harling. Today we see a small but grand Cathedral proudly wearing her sand stone coating. Today it is the Parish Church of Dornoch with a Church of Scotland congregation. The Reverend Susan Browne became the first female minister to preach in a Cathedral in Scotland. The Church is open to visitors from mid May to Mid October Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00 staffed by a team of volunteers. Sunday Service is at 11.15. Donations to the Fabric Fund are always welcome and you can boost their funds by buying a guide book and some postcards. We did enjoy our time here with this most beautiful of Churches.

Address: Castle Square Dornoch

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  • Updated Feb 19, 2009
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