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Fortrose Cathedral, Fortrose

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#9 of 16 in Sightseeing in Ross and Cromarty
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Amid the shrubbery, expansive lawns, and gravestones sits Fortrose Cathedral, the impressive ruins of a 14th-century cathedral. The eerie site is quiet and moody, preserving what's left of the Episcopal seat of the medieval Scottish diocese of Ross. The cathedral was built of red sandstone, evidenced by the chapter house and nave's south aisle that still stand today. The masonry is impressive: notice the fine stone vaulting and elaborate window tracery. After the Scottish Reformation the site continued to be used as a church for the town but eventually fell into disrepair in the 16th and early 17th centuries. To visit Fortrose Cathedral on your trip to Fortrose, use our Fortrose trip itinerary builder.
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  • Practically in the middle of town, the ruins of the cathedral and choir are in a neat grassy space. A few boards explain things. At he heights of its glory it had a sizable group of canons here. Mary ...  more »
  • The Chapter house and the south nave aisle are all that remain of Fortrose Cathedral . The Cathedral was built in red sandstone but it was largely demolished in the mid-seventeenth century by Oliver C...  more »
  • This would be a great place for a picnic. The ruins are interesting, though the interior of the cathedral has been fenced off to protect the monuments within. The grounds are beautifully maintained.  more »

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