St Peter

A rare survival of a quite exceptional unaltered Scots Parish Kirk of 1836.

About this church

St Peter’s is situated on a rugged and exposed site, commanding views over the Bay of Skaill with Skara Brae in the distance. A simple lime washed building, the church’s only exterior ornamentation is a low bellcote with a ball finial. The interior is dominated by a towering pulpit reaching to gallery height, flanked by round headed windows. The austere space powerfully evokes the experience of Presbyterian worship in the 19th century when over 500 packed the building, each allowed a mere 18 inches of pew.

In the care of Historic Churches Scotland.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

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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