Dornoch Cathedral



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This handsome Church of Scotland parish church dates back to the 13th century, when Gilbert de Moravia became the Catholic Bishop of Caithness and built a church here. Caught up in a conflict between the Murrays of Dornoch and the Mackays of Strathnaver, the original church was burned down in 1570. In the 1830s it was largely restored and rebuilt by Elizabeth, the Duchess-Countess of Sutherland, and the Sutherland burial vault is under the floor of the chancel. Stained glass windows in the chancel commemorate American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who spent summers at nearby Skibo Castle, and personally paid for the cathedral lighting and reconditioning of the organ. Other glass of interest includes vivid depictions of fauna and flora including a hedgehog, and owl and a field mushroom. Volunteer guides are on duty May–Sep, Mon–Fri 10–4 for more information.

Dornoch Cathedral


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Induction loop, wheelchair available, ramp access from High Street entrance
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 8am to dusk

About the area

Discover Highland

Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe. 

At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century. 

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