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Inverness Cathedral

An imposing building constructed in pink sandstone which stands close to the west bank of the River Ness and looks across the river to the city centre and to Inverness Castle.

Inverness, Highland

Opening times

Open 8am to 5.30pm.


Kenneth Street

The Cathedral began as the Mission in 1853, on the opposite side of the River Ness. Bishop Robert Eden decided that the Cathedral for the united Diocese should be in Inverness and in July 1862 excavations for the new Cathedral began, to plans by Alexander Ross, which were to prove to be his masterpiece.

The foundation stone of this, the first new Cathedral to be completed in Great Britain since the Reformation, was laid in 1866 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Cathedral was opened for public worship in 1869. The Cathedral is built of Red Tarradale Stone, with a nave of five bays divided by columns of Peterhead granite. The high altar and reredos are of Caen stone. The panels in the reredos are: the agony in the garden; the crucifixion; and the resurrection. The pulpit is of Caen stone and green marble and rests on short columns of Abriachan granite.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Scottish Episcopal Church

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