Dunkeld Cathedral

 

The cathedral is located in a beautiful setting on the north bank of the River Tay, adjacent to the junction of the River Braan. As early as 570 A.D. Celtic Missionaries, known as culdees, built a wattle monastery on this site. It was rebuilt in stone by Kenneth MacAlpin King of Scots in 848.

The Cathedral is a mixture of Gothic and Norman styles and was built in several stages over a period of more than 200 years from 1260 to 1501.  The restored Choir is the oldest part of the original church, which was completed in 1350. This was followed by the Nave in 1447, South porch 1460, Chapterhouse 1469 and the Tower in1501. The Parish of Dunkeld, part of The Church of Scotland, has three churches –Dunkeld Cathedral (the restored choir), Little Dunkeld Kirk and Dowally Kirk. 

If you are in Dunkeld you must visit the cathedral.  If you visit in the summer on a Wednesday afternoon you might be lucky to hear the the beautiful sounds of solo and duet handbell ringing by Heather McLean and Margaret Davidson of the Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers

For more information about the Cathedral visit their website at:

www.dunkeldcathedral.org.uk