A list of Scotland Cathedrals to Visit with
Websites, Images, Postcodes, Telephone Numbers and
links to Maps and Reviews.
A Cathedral is a Christian Church that contains
the seat of a Bishop, it has nothing to do with the
size of the building, although most Bishops have
their seats in the largest churches in their area.
History at the bottom of the page.
Click on Post-Codes for Maps, Directions and
Cathedral of The Isles /
Millport / Isle of Cumbrae, built 1849. George
Frederick Boyle, 6th Earl of Glasgow, funded the
building of this Episcopal Cathedral and commissioned
William Butterfield for the design. Butterfield was
one of the top architects of the Gothic revival.
Construction finished in 1849 and the cathedral
opened in 1851. This is claimed to be one of the
smallest Cathedrals in Europe. Phone number 01475 530
Web . UDS Page . KA28 0HE . Image
Dornoch Cathedral 43 miles
north of Inverness, built 1239. From 1222, Gilbert de
Moravia, first Bishop of Dornoch, a relation of the
Earls of Moray, built Dornoch Cathedral at his own
expense. In 1570, it was set on fire and Gilbert's
tomb was desecrated during a clan feud between the
Murrays of Dornoch, and the Mackays of Strathnaver.
The Cathedral was partially restored in 1616 by Sir
Robert Gordon, and finished in 1837 by Elizabeth,
Duchess-Countess of Sutherland to serve as a
Protestant Presbyterian Church. Tel: 01862 810
Website . UDS Page . IV25 3HN
Dunblane Cathedral 6 miles
north of Stirling at Dunblane. Built 1200s, restored
1889. Dunblane Cathedral was built on the site of a
Christian building first constructed by Saint Blane
around the year 600. This is one of the few surviving
medieval churches in Scotland. The Cathedral fell
into disrepair during the reformation. It was
restored in 1898 to serve as a Protestant Church of
Scotland. Phone number 01786 825 388.
Website . UDS Page . FK15 0AQ
Dunkeld Cathedral 14 miles
north of Perth at Dunkeld. Built from 1325 - 1501. A
church in Dunkeld has been at this location from the
600s. Work on the present building began in 1325,
completed in 1501. The original cathedral was
destroyed in the 1500s, during the reformation. Only
part of the Cathedral has been re-roofed, to serve as
a Protestant Church of Scotland parish church. There
is a Chapter House Museum that displays relics from
monastic and medieval times. Tel: 01350 727 249.
Website . UDS Page . PH8 0AW
Glasgow Cathedral 1 mile
east of Glasgow centre, late 1200s. Glasgow
Cathedral's site dates to about AD550, when St Mungo,
also known as St Kentigern, built a small church
here. Glasgow Cathedral was built from the late
1200s, and survived destruction during the
reformation 1560 - 1791. Glasgow Cathedral now serves
as the Protestant Church of Scotland's Presbytery of
Glasgow, so is not now a true Cathedral. Tel: 0141
Website . RSS Page .
St Andrew's Cathedral in
Glasgow centre built 1814. The Cathedral Church of
Saint Andrew is a Roman Catholic Cathedral designed
in 1814 by James Gillespie Graham, in the Neo Gothic
style. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Glasgow,
conducting regular services each day. Can be visited
free of charge between services. St Andrew's had to
be built after the end of the reformation, as the
historic Glasgow Cathedral had been converted to a
Protestant Church. Phone number 0141 204 2409.
Website . RS
Page . G1 4JY . Image
St Giles' Cathedral
Edinburgh / Royal Mile. Built from 1100s, rebuilt
from 1385. St Giles' Cathedral is now the main
Protestant Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, it only
served as a Cathedral, was the seat of a Bishop, in
the 1600s. The Cathedral is thought to have been
built from the 1100s, and had to be rebuilt after a
fire in 1385. Today, it is one of the top attractions
in the city of Edinburgh. Phone number 0131 225
Website . RS Page .
EH1 1RE . Image
St Machar's Cathedral 2
miles north of Aberdeen centre. Built from 1165 -
1530. The earliest parts of St Marchar Cathedral were
built on this site in about 1165. The cathedral was
extended over time, until completed to its present
form in 1530. A place of worship has been on this
site since about 580 AD. The church here became a
Cathedral in the 1130s, the seat of a Bishop. During
the reformation, St Machar's was converted to a
Protestant Church of Scotland, so is no longer a true
Cathedral. Phone number 01224 485 988.
Website . UDS Page . AB24 1RQ
St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall / Orkney Islands,
built 1137. St Magnus Cathedral was built from 1137
by the Norse Earl Rognvald. The Orkney isles were
under control of the Norse until they were taken over
by King James III of Scotland in 1468. The reformers
failed to damage this cathedral in the 1560s, so it
was converted to a Church of Scotland soon after.
Phone number 01856 874 894.
Website . UDS Page . KW15 1NX
St Mary's Cathedral 1.4 miles southwest of
Edinburgh centre. The foundation stone was laid on
the 21st May 1874 by the Duke of Buccleuch and
Queensberry. The Nave of the Cathedral was opened on
the 25th January 1879. St Mary's was built as the
main Episcopal Protestant Cathedral in Edinburgh, as
the historic St Giles Cathedral had been used as a
Protestant Presbyterian Church since the reformation
of 1560. Presbyterian churches do not have bishops.
Phone number 0131 225 6293.
Website . RS
Page . EH1 3JD
St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh
centre. The earliest parts of the cathedral were
completed in 1814 with extensions and redesigns being
carried out up to the 1970s. This is the mother
church of Scots Catholicism that Pope John Paul II
visited in May 1982. Phone number 0131 556 1798.
Website . Wiki Page . EH1 3JD
St Ninian's Cathedral
Perth in the centre of Perth. The main section
of the cathedral was completed in 1850 as a Scottish
Episcopal Protestant Cathedral that has Bishops. The
building has been enlarged over the years up to 1936.
The cathedral had restoration work carried out all
through 2017. Tel: 01738 632 053.
Website . UDS Page . PH1 5PP
Christianity began in Scotland from 563, after Columba
traveled to the Isle of Iona from Ireland to build Iona
Abbey. Catholic Christianity was the main religion in
Scotland with some huge Abbeys and Cathedrals being built
from the 1100s - 1500s. The Reformation Act in 1560 made
Catholic Christianity in Scotland illegal, replacing it
with Protestant Christianity. Many of the Abbeys and
Cathedrals were damaged around that time, and some were
converted to serve as Protestant Churches.
From the Scottish Reformation of 1560, until the Roman
Catholic Relief Act of 1791, Roman Catholics in Scotland
had to worship covertly. New Catholic cathedrals were built
after this time.
After the Scottish Episcopal Protestant Church was
legally established in the 1800s, new Cathedrals were built
for this faith as well as they have Bishops. The only true
Cathedrals in Scotland now, were built from the early
Most Historic Scotland Cathedrals now serve as Church of
Scotland Presbyterian Protestant Churches, so are not now
true Cathedrals, as they are not the seat of a Bishop.