East Church

One of the finest 18th century parish churches in Scotland, but its roots go much further back.

About this church

The East Church reflects the history of the community it served through the centuries. It was founded in medieval times and was altered and reorientated after the Reformation. The interior dates principally from the 18th century with galleries added to accommodate the growing congregation, the most elaborate being the Cromartie loft of 1756. There are 18th and 19th century box pews , some of which display original painted decoration and several fine monuments. The surrounding graveyard contains a number of memorials carved by the geologist, writer and church reformer Hugh Miller (1802-1856).

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Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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