Welcome to Inverness Cathedral

Open, Welcoming, Prayerful

Welcome to the Cathedral here in Inverness, whether you are visiting in person or making a virtual visit through our website. The Cathedral here, which is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness and is the seat of the Most Revd Mark Strange, Bishop of this Diocese and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, is open 365 days of the year.

We hope that you will enjoy your visit, and find you are most welcome to our worship, which is offered daily, or to spend some time in the building enjoying the peace and tranquility amidst the busyness of every day life. The Cathedral holds a significant part in Scottish Church History and in this year, 2019, we celebrate 150 years of the building being completed and ready for people to worship and to pray here.

We hope you find everything you need to know to worship here or to visit, but please do be in touch if we can help through our contact us pages.

With every blessing

Today's Events

Morning Prayer

9.30 am

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

10.15 am

Evening Prayer

4.30 pm

Celebrating 150 years of Worship at the Cathedral- 1869 to 2019

On Sunday 1st September 2019, exactly 150 years to the day, the Cathedral in Inverness, St. Andrew’s, marked the anniversary of 150 years of worship in the Cathedral with a celebration of Choral Evensong. Choral Evensong was sung by the Cathedral Choir, the music included, One thing have I desired of the Lord by Gordon Tocher, the Cathedral organist and the Responses by Smith and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Ab by Harwood. To complete the choral music the Anthem was Blessed city, heavenly Salem by Bairstow. The service also included one of the hymns that was sung at the very first Evensong in the Cathedral 150 years ago. The sermon was preached by the Most Revd Mark J Strange, the Bishop of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness and the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. People and clergy from congregations across the Diocese along with the Cathedral congregation and the Cathedral Chapter were joined by the city Provost Councillor Helen Carmichael, other representatives of the Council and representatives of the Lord Lieutenants as well as others representing local businesses and schools.

In eyewitness accounts of the services on 1st September in 1869 it was recorded that over 1200 people filled the cathedral for the momentous occasion.

As anticipated there was a good congregation as the cathedral celebrated 150 years of worship at the Cathedral.

In addition to this service other events continued throughout the year to mark the 150th Anniversary. A talk on the architect Alexander Ross took place on Saturday 7th September by Calum Maclead, Conservation Architect of MAAC Studios. The Cathedral participated in Doors Open Day and the Bell Tower was open. There was an Exhibition in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral. 

The launch of our Volunteer & Staff Awards took place at a special Thanksgiving Service for our volunteers and Cathedral Staff on Sunday 8th December 2019.

The Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral

The Cathedral is open every day for visitors, quiet reflection and for prayer, all are welcome.

The Cathedral is a living and vibrant place, the congregation that worships here is drawn from across the local community and shares its fellowship with people from across the diocese and beyond.

Please come and visit us and share your story with us, you will receive a warm Highland welcome from this a truly Highland Cathedral.


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We hope you enjoy your visit to our Cathedral and to the Scottish Highlands.

The Cathedral is the work of a local architect, Alexander Ross (1834-1925), himself a member of the congregation. The foundation-stone was laid in 1866 by Dr Charles Longley, Archbishop of Canterbury, the first official act in Scotland by an English Archbishop since the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in 1689. The Cathedral was opened for worship in 1869, and services have been held here every day since.