Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld

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Dunkeld Cathedral is a Church of Scotland place of worship which stands on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Built in square-stone style of predominantly grey sandstone, the cathedral proper was begun in 1260 and completed in 1501. It stands on the site of the former Culdee Monastery of Dunkeld, stones from which can be seen as an irregular reddish streak in the eastern gable.It is not formally a 'cathedral', as the Church of Scotland nowadays has neither cathedrals nor bishops, but it is one of a number of similar former cathedrals which has continued to carry the name.HistoryBecause of the long construction period, the cathedral shows mixed architecture. Gothic and Norman elements are intermingled throughout the structure. Although partly in ruins, the cathedral is in regular use today and is open to the public.Relics of Saint Columba, including his bones, were said to have been kept at Dunkeld until the Reformation, at which time they were removed to Ireland. Some believe there are still undiscovered Columban relics buried within the cathedral grounds.The original monastery at Dunkeld dated from the sixth or early seventh century, founded after an expedition of Saint Columba to the Land of Alba. It was at first a simple collection of wattle huts. During the ninth century Causantín mac Fergusa constructed a more substantial monastery of reddish sandstone and declared Dunkeld the Primacy (centre) of the faith in Alba.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Nice cathedral with a long history in a lovely location. It was under restauration when we visited but we were able to go inside. When there, I reccommend see the Atholl fountain nearby, I cannot find...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We did not realise that Dunkeld had a cathedral, lovely setting, with loads of information on the history  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We have visited the Cathedral many times over the years but this was the first time attending a wedding ceremony. The grounds are tranquil and stretch down to the river. The cathedral is very grand wi...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    One of the best scenery I enjoyed in Scotland. Under the nice weather, the cathedral right beside the river is amazing place to take a rest and enjoy nature.
  • March 29, 2017
    Excellent , lots to see nice place to visit, there was no access to the ruined part at the back due to maintenance, however there are a few viewing points to get a picture or two
  • February 15, 2017
    Beautiful old cathedral in beautiful position. Has old photos of Beatrix Potter who stayed in Burnham and Dunkeld.
  • November 9, 2016
    Amazing building, take your time and walk all around it and appreciate the fine details. Take a walk down tot he river bank as well.
  • December 21, 2016
    Beautiful quaint cathedral on the banks of the river Tay. Such a serene ambience.

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