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Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld

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Dunkeld Cathedral 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.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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  • Visiting Dunkeld the Cathedral draws Tourists like a magnet . A lovely church inside and the ruins at the rear are being renovated by Historic Scotland . Set by the banks of the Tay a superb location ...  more »
  • Lovely location and view over the Tay. Interesting facts around the history of ye cathedral and town, hopefully the conservation completes soon so that the min part of the building can be reopened. 
  • Beautiful building by the River Tay and stunning stained glass window. Audi guide available and information leaflet on the history of the building. 
  • 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.
  • Fantastic historic building. Such a beautiful setting beside the river Tay.
  • Wonderful river views (keep young children reined in though - steep banks and no fences/railings) and the cathedral itself - what a grand structure it must have been. It's partly ruinous now, but renovation work is being carried out on a number of parts and It's still very impressive. Well worth a visit.
  • Small and unfortunately a lot of it is now gone but has great walk along river.
  • cathedral itself is not that interesting. but the river is beautiful.