Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Cathedral

Denomination: Church of Scotland
Address: High Street, Dornoch, IV25 3HN
Local Authority: Highland
Listing: A

Church Overview

Cathedral founded by Bishop Gilbert de Moravia in the 13th century; the first service in the building was held in 1239. The medieval masonry of the chancel and the crossing piers remains mostly intact today. The nave was destroyed by fire in 1570, the transepts and choir were reroofed 1616, and the nave rebuilt 1837. In 1924 the interior stonework was exposed. Lavish display of stained glass, including several windows by James Ballantine, others by Percy Bacon, and the St Gilbert window by Crear McCartney 1989.

Dornoch Cathedral is a Destination Hub on the St Columba Pilgrim Journey.


Sundays: all year 11.00am, summer months 8.30pm

Opening Arrangements

Open during daylight hours

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Dornoch Cathedral


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