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Old High Church

Door open days

31 August 2019 (10 am to 4 pm)

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

It is believed that there has been a church on this site since the 12th century. The present building dates from the late 18th century though it is thought that the building contains remnants of earlier structures.In Celtic times, St Columba of Iona is said to have preached here at 'St Michael's Mount'.

The current building is mostly 18th century with 19th century additions, with part of the tower 14th century. Curfew is still rung from the clock tower at 8pm every night.

It was used as a prison after The Battle of Culloden (1746) with prisoners said to have been executed in the graveyard. Inside you can see the King James' 1st Edition Bible of 1611, a field communion set used by the legendary "Tartan Pimpernel" during the Second World War, a Willis organ, a chancel of Iona marble, and monuments to Inverness worthies.

It is still the venue of the annual 'Kirking of the Council' when the Provost and councillors process from the Town House for worship.


Organ music from 1130-1220

Key Information

Architect: A & W Reid, Ross & Macbeth, W L Carruthers

Building Date: 18C, 1972, 2009

Where to find us

  • 111 Church Street
  • Inverness
  • IV1 1EY