St Peter's, Sandwick, Orkney
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1 mile north of Skara Brae
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A rare survival of a quite exceptional unaltered Scots Parish Kirk of 1836. Situated on a rugged and exposed site, commanding views over the Bay of Skaill with Skara Brae in the distance. The church is a simple white-washed church with two round-headed windows on the south side, one each side of the pulpit. The interior is dominated by a towering pulpit reaching to gallery height, the austere interior powerfully evokes the experience of Presbyterian worship in the 19th century when over 500 packed the building - each allowed a mere 18 inches of pew. Preserved by the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust which received a Europa Nostra award in 2004 for the restoration.
Occasional services, weddings and funerals by arrangement. For arranging services, please telephone the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust on 0131 563 5135.
Open April to October 10.00am-6.00pm, November to March by arrangement, telephone the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust on 0131 563 5135
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