Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open by arrangement.
Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Sunday from 12.30pm to 5pm.

 

Overview

Discover a holy spring where medieval pilgrims sought cures for eye ailments.

The surviving monument at St Triduana’s comprises an unusual hexagonal chapel and wellhouse, named for a Pictish saint said to have been blinded and martyred in the AD 500s. Holy water from a spring here was believed to cure eye ailments.

The surviving building’s inventive form marks it out as a remarkable piece of 1400s Scottish architecture. As it was built on the orders of a king, its high profile may have made it an early victim of the Reformation in 1560.