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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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  • We saw this cathedral from afar while trying to local a restroom (ironically). It ended up being a really lovely place to visit. It is well maintained and has an absolutely beautiful exterior, interio...  more »
  • The cathedral is mostly ruins. It's very beautiful on its own, but the grounds are also very nice. There is still an operational church in the non-ruined parts. Free to enter  more »
  • Great place to visit. Even the graveyard tells us some fine History of people who lived there.The carved stones, the impressive tomb of the knight, the mural memory to fallen soldiers, all worth spend...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Beautiful old cathedral in beautiful position. Has old photos of Beatrix Potter who stayed in Burnham and Dunkeld.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful quaint cathedral on the banks of the river Tay. Such a serene ambience.