Properly the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St Andrew, this massive building, with its twin square towers, dominates the west bank of the River Ness in the town centre. It was designed by Alexander Ross and built between 1866 and 1869. Its pinkish colour comes from the local Tarradale sandstone used in its construction. While the exterior is rather nondescript, the Gothic interior is perhaps more appealing. The decorative oak choir screen dates to 1923, and the unusual Victorian white marble angel font by James Redfern is a copy of a Danish sculpture, but given the facial features of donor Colonel Learmonth’s wife.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Choir & Sanctuary not accessible but visible to all
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year. Café open Easter-Oct
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About The area
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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