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Dornoch Cathedral, Dornoch

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Caithness and Sutherland
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Visit Dornoch Cathedral to experience the tranquil spirituality of the Scottish Highlands. Originally built in the 13th century, the cathedral was severely damaged in a fire during a 16th-century clan war. Today's structure was the result of a rebuilding process that started back in the Victorian era. The site's quaint atmosphere is punctuated by interesting details, from gaping gargoyles to stained-glass windows dedicated to the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The interior's renowned acoustics make it a frequent concert venue. Check the cathedral's website for a full schedule of services and special events. Before you head to Dornoch, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Dornoch travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Dornoch has to offer, including Dornoch Cathedral.
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  • Though having no interest in religion, we always visit churches wherever we go to see the different styles and interiors. This one was one of the best being absolutely pristine inside with wonderful s...  more »
  • This small but historic and lovely cathedral is well worth a visit. The stained glass windows are wonderful. There are information sheets readily available giving the history and what to look for in t...  more »
  • Dornach cathedral was completed in 1239 and renovated between 1835-1837 and again in 1924. It has the most beautiful stained glass windows - 28 in all. There are many memorials to the locals from the ...  more »
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  • Pretty impressive inside
  • Nice cathedral and great Dornoch with amazing atmosphere.
  • First place to visit in Dornoch.
  • It has a lot of charm
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  • Imposing sandstone Church interesting stones on the ground.
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