St Machar’s Cathedral
St Machar’s Cathedral is a Church of Scotland ‘High Kirk’ situated in Old Aberdeen. According to legend, St Machar, who is said to have been a companion of St. Columba on his journey to Iona, founded a site of worship in Old Aberdeen around 580AD.
The church is looked after by Historic Scotland, and it contains a number of late medieval bishop’s tombs, protected by modern canopies. As is the case with many old buildings in Aberdeen, the cathedral is built from out layer granite. The cathedral is a great example of a fortified kirk, with twin towers that hold the spiral staircases to the upper floors and battlements.