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St Andrews Cathedral Reveals Secrets of its Stones

8 June 2011

Visitors to St. Andrews Cathedral will be able to find out more about the secrets of the ancient site’s past at a special event this Sunday, 12th June 2011.

The cathedral will be offering a series of tours of its magnificent carved stone collection, which is housed in the cathedral’s crypt. Visitors will be able to hear first hand the secrets that the stones hold from an expert in pictish stonework who will be able to explain the markings and some of the stories associated with the site.

The cathedral is home to an outstanding collection of early-Christian and medieval carved stones as well as a fine collection of post-Reformation memorials. Pride of place is the St Andrews sarcophagus, a masterpiece of 8th-century Pictish sculpture.

Neil Robertson, at St Andrew’s Cathedral said: “The Cathedral has one of the finest collections of stone art in Scotland, dating between the 8th and 17th centuries.  These stones were in many cases the news outlets of their day, they told the story of individuals, their achievements and the societies which they belonged to.

“The event will give members of the public the opportunity to find out more about the stones and the people who once worshipped and resided here through times of huge political and social change.  

“Visitors are encouraged to bring their own torch so they are able to see the wonderful carved details of the stones more clearly.  Numbers are limited to around 18 per tour, so places need to be booked in advance.”

‘The Secrets of the Stones’ event will run at the cathedral at 11am and 2pm on Sunday. Tours will take 45 minutes and are included in the admission price. Numbers are limited and interested parties should call 01334 472 563 to book their place.   


Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.



For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk