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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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  • This Church of Scotland cathedral is amazing. The old part in under extensive restoration at present so we couldn't see much of it. The newer part is a lovely church . A very helpful gentleman showed ...  read more »
  • Visited towards the end of the day so didn't have long. The chapel is fabulous and worth spending a bit of time soaking in the history. For me however, the landscape in which it is set is the winner. ...  read more »
  • Went to take a look. Cathedral is in a stunning location by the river. The old part that i wanted to see is being repaired so could only view from the outside. No indication of when it would be finish...  read more »
  • 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.
  • cathedral itself is not that interesting. but the river is beautiful.
  • I believe that since Dunkeld Cathedral is Church of Scotland that is presbyterian, that lt would be in presbytery of Perth. not in diocese of dunkeld of the episcopal kirk nor roman catholic kirk..
  • Spent a great sunny day sitting in the grounds next to the river years ago. Fantastic setting and a great wee town..
  • We went to Dunkeld to check out the 14th century cathedral, but found that the ruined nave was currently closed for renovations. The old choir and transept, however, was open and contains some interesting statuary and effigies, including that of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan ("The Wolf of Badenoch", died 1405). We were also able to take a peek through the windows of the ruins, and while it is interesting, it is very similar to other sites you've likely seen if you've been in Scotland long enough. There is also a tower room accessible behind the cathedral with some interesting fresco remnants. That said, the grounds are really nice (a lot of trees near a river) and are a nice place to walk around. If you happen to be in Dunkeld (or even driving through) it's worth a quick stop.
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