St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness

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

The Cathedral began as the Mission in 1853, on the opposite side of the River Ness. Bishop Robert Eden decided that the Cathedral for the united Diocese should be in Inverness and in July 1862 excavations for the new Cathedral began, to plans by Alexander Ross, which were to prove to be his masterpiece. The foundation stone of this, the first new Cathedral to be completed in Great Britain since the Reformation, was laid in 1866 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Cathedral was opened for public worship in 1869.

The Cathedral is built of Red Tarradale Stone, with a Nave of five bays divided by columns of Peterhead granite. The High Altar and Reredos are of Caen stone. The panels in the Reredos are: the Agony in the Garden; the Crucifixion; and the Resurrection. The Pulpit is of Caen stone and green marble and rests on short columns of Abriachan granite.

The white marble Angel Font is a copy of the Kneeling Angel Font by the Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen in Copenhagen, although the face is that of Mrs Learmouth, wife of General Learmouth who gave it. There are 11 bells by Warner, restored in memory of Bishop Duncan MacInnes (1953-70)

On St Andrew’s Day 1985, a new chapel in the south aisle was dedicated to St Andrew, in memory of Norah Sessford, the wife of Bishop George Sessford.

The regular pattern of daily prayer and daily celebrations of the Eucharist places the other activities of the Cathedral within an environment of worship. The Cathedral uses the full breadth of Episcopalian worship and tradition within this cycle of worship, we celebrate the Eucharist in Gaelic on a number of occasions each year and we have both full choral services and quiet said services.

The cathedral is used for many civic and community events. The cathedral is also a place that many people wish to come to celebrate the important moment s in their lives, and we have a number of weddings each year. If you wish to discuss the use of the cathedral please contact the Cathedral Steward.

At present the Scottish Episcopal Church is not registered to Conduct marriages for those who are in a same sex relationship, and we cannot therefore celebrate those occasions here in the Cathedral. The Scottish Episcopal Church is debating this issue at the moment and we await the outcome of that debate.

Until then, St Andrew’s Cathedral would like to invite you and other couples who have celebrated or are planning to celebrate a Civil Marriage, to have also a service of Blessing of Marriage. Just like all services in the Cathedral, a service of blessings will be prepared by you with the help of the Cathedral clergy.

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


Ardross Street, Inverness, IV3 5NS

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Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8.15am. All age Eucharist 9.15am. Sung Eucharist 11.00am. Evening Prayer 5.30pm. Morning Prayer Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri, 8.00am. Midweek Eucharist Mon 12.30pm; Tues 5.30pm; Wed 8.15am; Thurs Reserved Sacrament 10.15am; Fri 12noon; Sat 5.00pm. Evening Prayer Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, 5.0

Clergy in Charge

The Provost, Very Rev Sarah Murray

Additional Clergy

Rev Katrina O'Neil
Rev Canon Iain Macritchie
Rev Norma Higgott
Rev Grace Sirimony

Latest information

During this time of Covid19 the Sunday worship is at 10.00am. All the Cathedral services are live streamed. Please go to the Cathedral Website