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Fortrose Cathedral

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.


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Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes

Flowerburn Holiday Homes

Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 and Rosemarkie Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hazel Geodome
    Hazel Geodome

    Hazel Geodome

    Black Isle Yurts, Easter Hillockhead Farm, Fortrose, Scotland
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and Rosemarkie Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Cherry Yurt - Campsite
      Cherry Yurt - Campsite

      Cherry Yurt - Campsite

      Black Isle Yurts, Easter Hillockhead Farm, Fortrose, Scotland
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and Rosemarkie Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Three Greens, Fortrose - Scenic Views Across the Moray Firth to Chanonry Point
        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
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Fortrose, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and Rosemarkie Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Clisham
          Clisham

          Clisham

          34 Feddon Hill, Fortrose, Scotland
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Fortrose, this cottage is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and Rosemarkie Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Watch Dolphins Swim Past From the Comfort of the Lodge
            Watch Dolphins Swim Past From the Comfort of the Lodge

            Watch Dolphins Swim Past From the Comfort of the Lodge

            25 Marine Terrace, Fortrose, SCT
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the waterfront, this chalet is within a 10-minute walk of Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club, Rosemarkie Beach and Groam House Museum. Fairy Glen Reserve and Moray Firth are also within 15 minutes.

              Tigh Na Mara
              Tigh Na Mara

              Tigh Na Mara

              12 Marine Terrace, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Fortrose, this beach bed & breakfast is within 16 mi (25 km) of Inverness Castle, Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Culloden Battlefield and Fort George are also within 25 mi (40 km).

                Rowan Yurt - Campsite
                Rowan Yurt - Campsite

                Rowan Yurt - Campsite

                Black Isle Yurts, Easter Hillockhead, Fortrose, Scotland
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 5-minute walk of Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie Beach and Fairy Glen Reserve. Moray Firth and Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club are also within 15 minutes.