Holidays in Fortrose Cathedral

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Fortrose Cathedral featuring a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Explore the impressive ruins of this red stone medieval church, which is renowned for its high-quality masonry work.

The red stone walls and conical spire of Fortrose Cathedral sit at the heart of the charming coastal town of the same name. Visit the cathedral ruins to discover the history of the church and how it relates to the town itself. Come in summer to enjoy the fair held at the complex.

The cathedral was built with sandstone in the middle of the 13th century, although the south aisle and tower were added in the late 1300s. Stop at the cathedral today and you’ll find only ruins still standing, the result of Protestant Reformers stripping away much of the stone to build a citadel for Cromwell in Inverness.

Survey the foundations of the original cathedral, of which only an outline still exists. The two erect buildings at the site were later additions. Stop at the information points to find out how it would originally have looked and read the inscriptions on the old gravestones spread throughout the grassy square.

Walk along the high arches of the south aisle and chapel. Countess Euphemia, a 14th-century noble, commissioned this section of the building. Her tomb sits here alongside the resting places of two bishops. The other intact section of the building is the north choir range. This once functioned as the chapter house and was later adapted into a tollbooth and prison after the Protestant Reformation.

Wear a traditional costume and attend St. Boniface Fair, an annual celebration of Highland culture. Craft stalls, acrobatic performances and the sounds of Scottish folk music fill Cathedral Square during the event, which takes place every August. Shop for local produce at the stalls surrounding the ruins or simply soak up the festival atmosphere.

Wander Cathedral Square and admire the characterful pubs and stately Victorian houses. A more modern Catholic church, still used today, is located in the northern corner of the square.

Fortrose Cathedral is about a 25-minute drive from central Inverness. Find free parking on-site. The complex is open year-round and admission is free.

725 Cheap Hotels Near Fortrose Cathedral

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...
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Beautiful lodge in a lovely rural location
"Beautiful lodge set in a lovely rural location. The lodge is spacious with comfort throughout. Bedrooms are large enough and do a family of four happily. Living area had plenty space. Kitchen was fully equipped and vital in the Covid world as you can easily cook in it. WiFi excellent and tv offerings ..."

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Applegrove - Perfect and cosey 2 bed bungalow in the heart of Fortrose village
Applegrove - Perfect and cosey 2 bed bungalow in the heart of Fortrose village
15 Castle Street, Fortrose, Fortrose, SCT
Located in the heart of Fortrose, this golf holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and Groam House Museum. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Nice place in a lovely location
"We had a lovely time here - walking down to chanonry point and seeing the dolphins up close every day was a definite highlight! Fortrose is a nice village with very good amenities. Co-op is just around the corner which is very convenient. Overall a great place to stay for a few days."

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2021

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3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
The Shore 2 St. Andrews Walk, Fortrose, SCT
Situated in Fortrose, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and Groam House Museum. Fairy Glen Reserve ...
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Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Applegrove - Perfect and cosey 2 bed bungalow in the heart of Fortrose village
Applegrove - Perfect and cosey 2 bed bungalow in the heart of Fortrose village
15 Castle Street, Fortrose, Fortrose, SCT
Applegrove - Perfect and cosey 2 bed bungalow in the heart of Fortrose village
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3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
The Shore 2 St. Andrews Walk, Fortrose, SCT
3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
Chanonry View, Self-catering cottage with stunning sea view, Fortrose Black Isle
Chanonry View, Self-catering cottage with stunning sea view, Fortrose Black Isle
80 Feddon Hill, Fortrose, SCT
Chanonry View, Self-catering cottage with stunning sea view, Fortrose Black Isle
Three Greens, Fortrose - Scenic views across the Moray Firth to Chanonry Point
Three Greens, Fortrose - Scenic views across the Moray Firth to Chanonry Point
75 Feddon Hill, Fortrose, SCT
Three Greens, Fortrose - Scenic views across the Moray Firth to Chanonry Point
3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
5 Wester Links, Fortrose, SCT
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Clisham
Clisham
3.5 out of 5
34 Feddon Hill, Fortrose, Scotland
Clisham
Great location: golf, walking, sandy beach, viewing dolphins.
Great location: golf, walking, sandy beach, viewing dolphins.
The Orchard, Ness Rd, Ashdale 2, Fortrose, SCT
Great location: golf, walking, sandy beach, viewing dolphins.
3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
3 bedroom accommodation in Fortrose
2 The Orchard Ness Road, Fortrose, SCT
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