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.
Because 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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  • The cathedral is currently having part of the original building restored but this does not detract from the visit and the history which can be found by reading from the various notes scattered around ...  more »
  • A beautiful old cathedral set perfectly on the banks of the river Tay in Dunkeld. The outside of the cathedral is beautiful the inside was a bit plain compared to the outside. The tomb behind the alta...  more »
  • A village with crazy charm, an imposing façade for this small village which seems to have been one of the most important cities in Scotland... Façade that conceals a partially ruined nave, which increases the romanticism of the place. The cathedral is on the banks of the RIVER TAY in the middle of a park with rhododendrons more than 100 years old, bordered by Tombs. CHATEAUBRIAND LORD BYRON would probably have liked this place to inspire.
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  • I always include the cathedral on a visit to Dunkeld. The cathedral is a place of peaceful serenity where I can get away from it all. It is either the start or finishing point of my walks in the area. Dunkeld makes a great base for tourism in Perthshire with lots of local history and natural beauty to discover.
  • Good for a short visit - an interesting mini museum, beautiful riverside scenery, and some gorgeous stonework (partly covered in scaffolding when we visited). A very friendly steward showed us around a bit. The intact portion is still a working church, with services in warmer months.
  • Amazing place to go if you love history and archaeology and have I eye for detail
  • Wonderful location on the Tay river. Combination of church which is still active, and remains of old cathedral.
  • Historic. Mainly ruins. Occupied church has little historic content.
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