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Old High Church

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Panorama showing the Old High Church in Inverness. The picture was taken from the churchyard in May 2009 and also shows the neigbouring church of St John.


Old High Church - Inverness visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Old High Church' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.

The Old High Church in Inverness is the oldest church in the city. It stands on St Michael's mound between Old Street and the bank of the River Ness, next to the Church of St John and close to a footbridge over the river. St Columba of Iona is said to have preached here and a church has been here since Celtic times.

Parts of the church tower date back to the 14th century, though most of the building dates from the 1700's with additions from the 1800's. At 8pm each night the church bells ring out for the curfew that was once imposed on the city. After the Battle of Culloden in 1746 the church was used as a prison and several prisoners were said to have been executed within the graveyard.

The church is open to the public and sometimes offers historic tours. Inside, visitors will find the chancel made of Iona Marble, a Willis organ and various monuments to historic people from Inverness and the region.
linking Huntly Street on the west with Bank Street on the east. The last footbridge over the river away from the traffic, it provides good views of Inverness itself. The banks are dominated by the spires of various churches, including Old High St Stephen's Church and the Free Church on Bank Street and St Marys Catholic Church on Huntly Street. These churches are open to the public and have become part of the tourist attractions of the city, along with St Andrew's Cathedral further upriver.

Numerous companies offer boat trips from Inverness. The Loch Ness Express runs daily services down the entire length of Loch Ness from Inverness allowing a hop-on, hop-off service at at Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Urquhart Castle. Other cruise and boat operators in the region include Inverness Dolphin Cruise and Loch Ness Cruises, Jacobite Cruises and Highland Voyages.

Another panorama shows the same view on a cloudy day.


Old High Church
Church Street,
Inverness IV1 1EY


Church Street links Bridge Street with Friars Lane. It is about 5 minutes walk from Falcon Square and Inverness Station.

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