Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Discover one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in Caithness in an isolated spot on the rugged north coast.

St Mary’s Chapel was probably built in the 1100s, though the religious significance of the site may date back further. Two long-cist burials were found on its grounds during excavation, and a Pictish symbol-stone is said to have been found nearby.

St Mary’s was a dependant chapel of the church at Reay. It has a plain, rectangular design, sharing a lot in common with contemporary Norse churches of Orkney.