Inverness Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Inverness Cathedral is a large cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Completed in 1869 and dedicated to Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. It sits close to the banks of the River Ness in the city of Inverness. It is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, and Mother Church of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness.


19th Century Cathedral

Grand cathedral designed by Alexander Ross and opened in 1869

Cathedral Architecture

Local architect, Alexander Ross, designed the cathedral and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Longley, laid the foundation stone in 1866. It opened in 1869.

Built mainly of red sandstone, but with nave pillars each carved from a single block of granite. There are many elaborate and intricate features, such as detailed stone carvings, colourful stained glass windows, a sculpted pulpit and a white marble font.

Other Historic Features

The cathedral has a ring of ten change-ringing church bells, and also an eleventh, used only for chiming. The first one was cast in 1869. Then the other ten in 1877. The ninth bell was recast in 2012 to correct a tuning issue.

The building which now houses the Inverness Cathedral Café and Shop was once a small school, built within the cathedral grounds in 1872. A copy of the school’s Roll of Honour from the First World War is on display inside.


Visit and explore

Building open to the public all year round

Visiting the Cathedral

The cathedral is open to the public all year round. Visitors are welcome to view the building or attend one of the regular services. The cathedral bells ring on Sunday mornings. The cathedral choir sings on Sunday mornings too, performing a full setting to music by a variety of composers and in a wide range of styles. Music events and concerts are performed throughout the year. Find out more about opening times, events and services on the Inverness Cathedral website.


Ardross St, Inverness IV3 5NN


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