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Canisbay Parish Church Visitor Guide

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Canisbay Parish Church Visitor Guide
Canisbay Parish Church Visitor Guide

Canisbay Parish Church Visitor Guide

This is a Church of Scotland only 3 miles along from John O'Groats on the A836 main road to the west before Gills Bay Ferry Terminal a very ancient Parish Church dating back to about the 500s, the church of Canisbay is mentioned between 1223 and 1245, built on the mound covering the ruins of a brochold ruins of that chapel were found during the rebuild in the 1600s when the Mowats of Freswick were the patrons.

The kirk is cross shaped, the most northerly church on mainland Britain, a Category A listed building surrounded by a large cemetery, which is split into two sections, the new and old, the church features a square bell tower, nave and a porch, a large sandstone of the grave of Jan de Groot (John O'Groats) it stands in the vestibule now away from the elements.

The porch was added in 1891, when the other extensions and work was completed to the church building.

There are Sinclair graves on one corner and on the other a memorial for Rev Roderick MacGregor father of the Doctors MacGregor who lived in the village late 1800-early 1900s.

The church was attended by HRH The Queen Mother whenever she was in residence at the castle of Mey, the Duke & Duchess of Rothesay now visit when they are in the area.

  • Canisbay Parish Church Geolocation Latitude 58.63856° N Longitude -3.13259° E
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Top Attractions Around Canisbay Parish Church

Canisbay is a small community situated in the northernmost region of mainland Scotland, close to John o' Groats. Although it may not boast the same number of attractions as larger cities, this place is enveloped by breathtaking natural beauty and provides a distinctive and tranquil atmosphere. Here are some of the top attractions and activities to enjoy in the Canisbay area:

Experience a visit to the magnificent Duncansby Head Lighthouse, conveniently situated a short distance from Canisbay. Perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pentland Firth, the lighthouse offers breathtaking coastal views. Additionally, you have the option to take a leisurely walk and explore the breathtaking Duncansby Stacks, which are a collection of stunning sea stacks located nearby.

John o' Groats is located just a short drive away from Canisbay and is renowned as the northernmost point of the British mainland. It serves as a popular starting point for individuals beginning their journeys to Land's End, which is the southernmost point of mainland Great Britain. You have the opportunity to explore the village and its iconic signpost.

The Castle of Mey, which was previously owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, is conveniently located just a short drive away from Canisbay. The castle is open to the public, allowing you to explore its beautifully landscaped gardens and learn about its royal connection.

Coastal Walks: The Canisbay area is perfect for enjoying scenic coastal walks, providing breathtaking views of the sea and chances to observe the local wildlife. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the stunning cliffs or venture out to discover the beautiful nearby beaches, such as Keiss Beach and Reiss Beach.

Wildlife Watching: The region is rich in diverse wildlife, such as seabirds and seals. If you're fortunate, you may even have the opportunity to spot orcas in the Pentland Firth. Consider joining a wildlife tour or alternatively, remain vigilant while exploring the coastline.

Freswick Castle is a charming and picturesque castle situated near the village of Canisbay. Although the interior is not accessible to the public, the exterior of the building is truly captivating. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque view and capture stunning photographs from the surrounding area.

St. John's Loch is a serene freshwater lake that offers excellent opportunities for fishing and birdwatching. The location is just a short distance away from Canisbay and provides a tranquil setting for a leisurely day spent outdoors.

Wick is the largest town in the area and is conveniently located just a short drive away. It offers a variety of additional attractions for visitors to enjoy, such as the Pulteney Distillery, the Wick Heritage Museum, and Old St. Peter's Church.

The Whaligoe Steps are a historic set of stone steps located just south of Canisbay. These steps lead down to a natural harbour. The site is both interesting and scenic, making it a great place to explore.

Canisbay itself is a small and peaceful community, but the surrounding area is abundant in natural beauty and historic sites. This makes it an ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the charm of northern Scotland.

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