This evening, my theme is Dunkeld Cathedral which often features in my tours of central Scotland. This is a little gem sitting on the banks of the River Tay.

Dunkeld Cathedral

Very photogenic when the weather is right-and packed with history:

  • Stands on holy ground dating back to 570 AD when founded by missionaries known as Culdees.
  • Re-built in stone by Kenneth MacAlpin in 848 AD.
  • Present building dates from 1260-1501.
  • Dedicated to St. Columba whose relics may have been brought to Dunkeld from Iona
  • Suffered heavy damage during Reformation in 1560. Nave was never restored.
  • Formed part of last redoubt held by Government forces during Battle of Dunkeld in 1689.
  • The Choir was restored in 1691, 1762, 1815,1908 and 1975.
  • Interior includes: the 9th C ‘Apostles Stone’, Wolf of Badanoch effigy and the tombstone of famous fiddler, Neil Gow.

Inside Dunkeld Cathedral

Elsewhere today:

  • I have helped a family from California with an upcoming self-drive tour of Scotland.
  • Responded to enquiry for a Speyside whisky tour during August.
  • Posted information on MacDonald family history to my Glasgow Ancestry blog.
  • I have two separate groups  on tours which I have arranged.

Weather in Glasgow has been mixed, both rain and sunshine.