Historic Scotland

Opening times

April to October: 9.30am to 4.30pm

November to March: 10am to 4pm

 

Overview

Explore the ruined transepts of the cathedral of the former diocese of Aberdeen. The aisled nave of the 1300s church remains in use, but most of the church was destroyed when the crossing tower collapsed in 1688.

St Machar’s was the cathedral of the diocese of Aberdeen in medieval times. The earliest parts of the surviving building date to the later 1300s.

The transepts contain some fine late medieval wall-tombs, the finest of which commemorates Bishop Gavin Dunbar, who died in 1532. It features an ornate carving and an effigy of the bishop.