Brechin Cathedral Round Tower

  • Brechin, Angus



Gaze up at a Scottish rarity. Brechin Round Tower, 25m tall and nearly 5m wide, is one of only two Irish-style round towers still standing in Scotland.

A striking decoration around the first-floor doorway indicates Brechin Round Tower was built about AD 1100, but a date a century or so earlier cannot be ruled out. Originally free-standing, the tower became attached to Brechin Cathedral in 1806.

The tower’s finest feature is its original doorway, more than 2m above ground level, featuring Romanesque carvings of:

  • a crucified Christ
  • a pair of saints
  • crouching beasts
  • decorative bands
  • a lozenge motif

Opening times

View exterior only.

The tower can only be accessed when the Cathedral Grounds are open.

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