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
On Sunday 1st September 2019, exactly 150 years to the day, the Cathedral in Inverness, St. Andrew’s, will be marking this anniversary with a celebration of Choral Evensong at 1500 in the cathedral. Choral Evensong will be sung by the Cathedral Choir with special music to include One thing have I desired of the Lord by Gordon Tocher, the Cathedral organist with the Responses by Smith and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Ab by Harwood and to complete the choral music the Anthem is Blessed city, heavenly Salem by Bairstow. The service will also include one of the hymns that was sung at the very first Evensong in the Cathedral 150 years ago. A sermon will be 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 will be 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 continue throughout the year to mark the 150th Anniversary. A talk on the architect Alexander Ross 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 is an Exhibition in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral. Later on in the year we will be continuing with the Celebrations with a Celebration Family Ceilidh in the Cathedral; a special Community Carol Service and Christmas Tree Festival.
We shall also be launching our Volunteer & Staff Awards and this will take place at a special Thanksgiving Service for our volunteers and Cathedral Staff on Sunday 8th December 2019 at 1500.
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.
Details of all of our services and events at Inverness Cathedral for Advent and Christmas can be found here