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Fortrose Cathedral in the “Black Isle”.

The Ruins of Fortrose Cathedral.

Fortrose Cathedarl: Remains of the 13th Century structure.

Remains of the 13th Century structure.

Not the photograph I was expecting to take today! In fact, I didn’t realise that Fortrose Cathedral existed until we stumbled across it this afternoon.

The plan had been to go on a wildlife spotting boat trip, to make up for the failed one in John O’Groats. For the second time we were thwarted – not just by the weather, but that’s another story!

Having failed on the original idea for the day, it was down to plan B. Which we didn’t have, but we quickly made one. We caught a bus to the next town. From there, you can walk out to the head and, if you’re lucky, spot the bottle-nose dolphins.

This plan failed too – we decided we didn’t have enough time (as we ended up running so late) to walk to the head for any meaningful time there. However, on the way we spotted the sign to Fortrose Cathedral. Interest raised, we had to go and investigate.

A Category A listed building, the remains are very well preserved. Whilst the nave and main tower are gone, the South Aisle and Chapel with its bell tower, along with the older 2 storey north Choir Aisle remain.

Oliver Cromwell was responsible for the demolition of a large part of the cathedral in the mid 17th Century. The stones were taken for a new building in Inverness.

For further information, take a look at: www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/fortrose-cathedral/history.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 16 Aug 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 14mm
  • F/5.6
  • 1/400 Sec
  • ISO 200

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