Historical Religious Buildings Tour (Self Guided), Inverness

Inverness is home to a number of old churches and historic religious buildings. Many of them are situated on the banks of the River Ness and blend effortlessly with the surrounding landscape. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most prominent religious buildings in the city.
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Historical Religious Buildings Tour Map

Guide Name: Historical Religious Buildings Tour
Guide Location: Scotland » Inverness (See other walking tours in Inverness)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Inverness East Church
  • Old High Church
  • Free North Church
  • St. Columba High Church
  • St Andrew's Cathedral
  • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
  • Inverness Methodist Church
Inverness East Church

1) Inverness East Church

Inverness East Church is an evangelical church situated on the corner of Margaret Street and Academy Street. The building has stood here for more than two centuries, and the oldest part of the church dates back to 1798. To learn more about Sunday services and other events, check out the church's web site.
Old High Church

2) Old High Church

Old High St Stephen's Church is a parish church of the Church of Scotland in Inverness. The congregation was formed on 30 October 2003 by a union of the congregations of Inverness Old High and Inverness St Stephen's. Unusually in a union of Church of Scotland congregations, both buildings were retained for worship. Sunday services are held almost every Sunday in both buildings (at 10 am at St Stephen's and 11.15 am at the Old High), but both places of worship are under the jurisdiction of the one Kirk Session.

The Old High congregation was the oldest congregation in Inverness. It is on a site which has been used for worship since Celtic times. St Stephen's was founded as a “daughter church” of the Old High in 1897. It is a Gothic building in Morayshire freestone, designed by WL Carruthers. The congregation serves a parish area which includes the city centre, part of the Crown area, and the southern suburbs of the city, including Drummond and Lochardil.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Free North Church

3) Free North Church

Free North Church is a sacred place in Inverness. Situated on Bank Street, this Gothic church was built between 1889 and 1892. It boasts the tallest spire in Inverness, designed by architect Alexander Ross. The church can accommodate about 1,300 people. Sunday morning services start at 11:00 A.M.
St. Columba High Church

4) St. Columba High Church

St. Columba High Church is dedicated to Saint Columba. It stands on Bank Street at the site of an old brewery. It was built by MacKenzie and Matthews between 1851 and 1852 in the Perpendicular Gothic style. The church was badly damaged by fire in 1939 but was restored between 1948 and 1953 to its current state. Sunday morning services begin at 10:30 A.M.
St Andrew's Cathedral

5) St Andrew's Cathedral (must see)

St Andrew's Cathedral, a famous city landmark, is a Scottish Episcopal cathedral located on Ardross Street along the river. This Neo-Gothic cathedral was built during the 1860s, following the plans of architect Alexander Ross. The cathedral was consecrated in 1874 and features distinctive twin towers. This huge religious edifice was built with Red Tarradale Stone and features columns of Peterhead granite. The high altar, pulpit and reredos are made of Caen stone.
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

6) St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

On Huntly Street, across the river from St. Columba High Church, you will find St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. The church features a Gothic facade with crocheted pinnacles and open parapets. It was constructed in 1837 by William Robertson, but by 1894 the church had become too small to accommodate the growing congregation and the building was expanded. Inside you will find an altar made of Caen stone, as well as some beautiful stained glass. Sunday morning services begin at 10:00 A.M.
Inverness Methodist Church

7) Inverness Methodist Church

Huntly Street is home to another of the city's most prominent sacred places- Inverness Methodist Church. The church features stained-glass windows, as well as a window that commemorates John Wesley’s first visit to Inverness in 1764. Its distinctive bell tower dates back to 1965. Sunday morning services begin at 11:00 A.M.

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