About the Cathedral

On the 17th October 1866, the foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This was to mark the beginning of the building of the Cathedral, only the second one to be built after the reformation. The plans for this new building had taken three years to get to the laying of the foundation stone. The architect, Alexander Ross who is renowned for this building and many other church buildings and much of the Victorian buildings in Inverness along with Bishop Eden had the vision and the dream to make this a reality.

The building continues to be central to the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness as the Mother Church as well as to the City of Inverness due to its prominent position on the banks of the River Ness.

The doors of the Cathedral are open 365 days of the year and welcome many people from our congregations and visitors from around the world to both services, to find some space to reflect and to pray or to light a candle but also a place to enjoy the vision of the both Bishop and Architect.

We aim to offer a warm welcome, to create a place for creative and high quality worship which honours the traditions of the church which has been handed to us over the millenia and tells of the glory and wonder of God. 2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of the first worship at the Cathedral on 1st September 1869, details of the services on that day can be read about here and is the year when we celebrate much to be thankful for, from those who have been before us but is also an opportunity to look towards the future of the life and work of the Cathedral and how we look to be a vibrant worshipping community offering a truly Highland welcome to all.

Opening Times

Inverness Cathedral is open 365 days of the year to welcome visitors both local and from around the world. Entry to the Cathedral is free, with the opportunity to make a donation at one of the donation points in the building. We have a contactless donation facility as well as for cash of all denominations. Your donation is much appreciated as this enables us to continue to keep the building open.

The Cathedral is open from 0730 – 2100 throughout the summer months and in the Spring, Autumn and Winter the Cathedral closes at 5pm or after the final service of the day.

The Cathedral is accessible by all, with an all access toilet facility available and a loop system for those who require this facility during services.

Within the grounds of the Cathedral is our Café & Shop, which is open Monday to Friday 0930 – 1600 and Saturday 1000 – 1500 from April to October and then from November to March, Monday to Friday 0930 – 1530. A range of coffee, cakes, home baking, homemade soups, sandwiches and toasted sandwiches and more are available. Our shop stocks a wide variety of gifts including Cathedral gifts, our own tartan scarves, shortbread, cards, jewellery and other gifts. Be sure to make this part of your visit to the Cathedral.

Whos Who

Very Rev’d Sarah E Murray Provost

Revd Sarah Murray

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The Very Revd Sarah Murray has been Provost at Inverness Cathedral since November 2017. Prior to this Sarah was Vice-Provost at the Cathedral, she came to the Cathedral in June 2016 having served her curacy in the Isla Deveron Churches in the Diocese. Sarah is the first female Provost in the history of the Cathedral. Prior to being ordained Sarah worked in the hospitality industry from university and moved to the Highland to manage a hotel further north of Inverness, she also worked for VisitScotland, she also did some work in primary schools and adult education. Sarah is married to Morgan and has one son Cameron. Sarah likes to walk, to swim, to read and to cook as well as enjoying the garden.
Iain Macritchie

Rev Dr Iain Macritchie

Rev Dr Iain Macritchie is a Mental Health and Learning Disability Chaplain with NHS Highland. He has recently been involved in national practice education within the NHS in Scotland, promoting good practice among Healthcare Chaplains and an awareness of spiritual care issues among all NHS staff. He is one of three national trainers in Values-Based Reflective Practice, which allows health and social care staff to learn and change practice through reflection on their experiences of work. He has been a Priest at Inverness Cathedral since 2014 and was appointed Dean of the Guild of St Andrew and Chaplain to the Cathedral.
Grace Cathedral Chaplain

Grace

Grace I am serving as a Cathedral Chaplain since June 2018. My parish ministry started in 2016 at St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church, Dumfries (Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway). Previously I had worked as Health Care Chaplain (2015-2016) at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and as Palliative Care Chaplain (2004-2011) at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, South India. I was ordained to priesthood in the year 2006. I enjoy music, nature, gardening and photography and I love to cook and bake!
Cathedral Line Drawing

Katrina

Katrina O’Neill is our Office Administrator on Thursdays, she also works in the Diocesan Office. Katrina begins her curacy at the Cathedral in September 2019 and will be ordained to the permanent Diaconate. Katrina loves all and any animals both large and small.
Jaime Wright

Jaime Wright

Jaime Wright is a Mixed-Mode student with the Scottish Episcopal Institute, placed at the Cathedral for the duration of her training. She is originally from New York State and is currently completing her doctoral studies in Science and Religion with the University of Edinburgh. She loves science fiction, poetry, and chickens.
Rachel Macleod - Cafe Assistant

Rachel

Rachel Macleod - Cafe Assistant
Andrea Cafe Manager

Andrea

Andrea MacDonald- Assistant Café Manager is 31 years old. I have been part of the Scotti Episcopal Church from early childhood and I been attending the cathedral since moving to Inverness from Fort William a few years ago, volunteering in and around the Cathedral and also part of the Cathedral Choir. I trained as a staff nurse and have a real passion for baking and cooking.
Lynne Office Admin

Lynne

Lynne McWhinnie - Office Administrator & inSpires Co-ordinator is the new Administrator and our Co-ordinator for our inSpires projects at Inverness Cathedral. She has relocated to the Highlands from Central Scotland to fulfil a lifetime dream. She is happiest when baking (or eating), or walking her 4 dogs with her husband on her local beach at Nairn.
Paddy Caretaker

Paddy

Paddy - Caretaker
Gordon Tocher - Organist

Gordon

Gordon Tocher - Organist was born in Inverness and studied music at Aberdeen University. Besides being organist at the Cathedral, he is engaged in a wide range of other musical activities: he is Conductor of the Inverness Choral Society, and a member of Musick Fyne, Coronach, and The Marvel of Peru. He is also active as a teacher, composer and piano accompanist. His compositions have included commissions from the Scottish Guitar Festival, Musick Fyne and the Highland Chamber Orchestra, as well as music for the Cathedral Choir.
Burt Richardson

Bert

Bert Richardson - Director of Music at the Cathedral and maintains the choral tradition with the Cathedral Choir. His church music association began at the age of 14. He completed his musical education at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and, following a career in teaching in Ayrshire in 1989 Bert was appointed Adviser in Music to Highland Regional Council. He was responsible for the establishment of Highland Regional Youth Orchestra . Bert also played a leading role in setting up and developing the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School.

History

Inverness Cathedral

You may think that the Cathedral looks ‘new’ compared with the ancient Cathedrals in England and Europe- this is because, like most Scottish Episcopal Churches, it was built in the nineteenth century.

However the Scottish Episcopal Church dares back to the Roman occupation of Britain. The few medieval Scottish Cathedrals which escaped destruction are now used by the established Presbyterian Church, such as Dornoch Cathedral or Dunblane Cathedral for example. The Scottish Episcopal Church lost its legal recognition for supporting the Jacobite cause in the seventeenth century and in the eighteen century penal restrictions were imposed on its clergy and worship by a government who feared its adherence to the Jacobite succession.

This persecution had ended by the nineteenth century, but what was left was an impoverished church, with few members and none of its ancient buildings. Inverness Cathedral was built as a result of a ‘second spring’ in the Scottish Church in the middle of the nineteenth century.

This was the time of the revival of the Victorian Gothic revival in architecture, when something of the solid Victorian character was added to the lightness and grace of earlier centuries.

The Cathedral, and impressive example of this style of architecture, stands in a fine situation on the west bank of the River Ness nearly opposite the Castle.

The Building of the Cathedral

It was Bishop Eden who, in 1853, proposed that there should be a Cathedral of the Highlands in Inverness.

Dr Eden was elected Bishop of Moray and Ross in 1851 (the see of Caithness was added to his jurisdiction in 1864). During the 35 years he was Bishop there was a big upsurge in church membership and m any former congregations were re-established.

The foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 1866, and the Cathedral was opened for services in 1869. At the time a debt of £8,000 remained on the building and it was not until it was paid off in the middle of 1874 that the Cathedral could be finally consecrated.

The architect, Alexander Ross, practiced in Inverness for over seventy years and was Provost of the Burgh from 1889-1895. He was also architect of several other churches in the Diocese and of many secular buildings, including Skibo Castle in Sutherland. This was the first Cathedral to be completely built and consecrated in Great Britain since the reformation.

In 1971, the building was included in the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

Partners

We work closely with the following organisations:

Scottish Episcopal Church – https://www.scotland.anglican.org/ The Provincial Website of the denomination to which the Cathedral is a part of.

Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness – https://morayepiscopalchurch.scot/ The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness- more details about the Diocese and other churches within the Diocese can be found here.

Anglican Communion – https://www.anglicancommunion.org/ The Scottish Episcopal Church is part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion- their website has more information about the Anglican Communion and news from around the world.