The church in Dunkeld has been around a long time – over 1400 years – dating from the time when Celtic monks set up a base for mission where the River Braan joins the River Tay. Since then it has seen many changes and turbulent times, eventually becoming the beautiful, peaceful place of worship it is today.
While the long and distinguished history is impressive and interesting, (longer than the nation of Scotland has existed) it is still a living, worshipping church and the Parish Church of Dunkeld - a congregation of the Church of Scotland. We who worship here are very aware of our heritage, but are more concerned about continuing that worship and witness in the 21st century.
Cathedral & Cathedral Grounds Opening Hours
April to September;
9.30am to 6.30pm
October to March;
9.30am to 4.00pm
Check here for details of forthcoming concerts and events, including Christian Aid.
The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian in style which means that every parish has a Kirk Session.
For details of all our groups - Stepping Stones, Choir, Guild, Handbell Ringers, Tower Bell Ringers, Youth Group, Bridging the Gap, Community Care Group and House Fellowship.
An opportunity to puzzle over issues of faith and life through workshops and worship.
Published bi-monthly, you can view or download and print a copy of the Parish magazine.
The Kirk Session, helped by the Friends have an exciting plan to develop the Chanonry which thousands of visitors pass on their way to the Cathedral. When enough money is raised it will be developed for congregational use and as a welcoming place for visitors.
Cathedral Art Exhibition
Held annually for 10 weeks between June and September in The Duchess Anne hall, the Art Exhibition attracts world-class artists and is held in great acclaim by its visitors.
is a permanent local history exhibition telling the history of the town and the redevelopment of the reformed church.
In addition to the Chapter House Museum in the Cathedral an archive of old photographs and records of local societies, families and businesses is held in the Community Archive at 12 The Cross, next to the Duchss Anne Hall. It also holds the records of the Scottish Horse, a local Territorial Army regiment, now disbanded.
Guided Tours & Educational Visits
are voluntarily conducted by Friends of the Cathedral throughout the year for visitors, community organisations and educational groups.
For many who come, the primary focus of their interest is the history, but as soon as you enter the Cathedral grounds you will be struck by the beauty of the setting and the sense of peace – a sense of the presence of God. Come as a visitor, but become a pilgrim as you walk where Christians have lived and worshipped for centuries and take some time to pray, to be still and know God.
Become a Friend
The Society of Friends of Dunkeld Cathedral was founded to stimulate interest in the Cathedral as a part of the history of Scotland. The objectives of the Society of Friends include “the preservation of the fittings and furnishing of the Choir and stimulation of interest in the Cathedral”.Read more
How can you become a Friend? For lifelong Friends, the cost is only £100.00. There is also an Annual Membership available for £10.00Join the Friends