St Magnus Cathedral THE BUILDING STONE - SMC001
The Cathedral’s attractive appearance owes much to the choice of stone used for its construction. It is mainly red sandstone, with decorative effects achieved through the use of yellow sandstone.

Much of the building show this to good effect, through alternate use of the red and yellow stone. Sandstone is very soft, prone to weathering by wind and rain, which has led to very pleasing,
almost sculpture-like effects.

The red sandstone came mainly from a now unused quarry at the Head of Holland, north of Kirkwall. There is a large, newer quarry nearby today, still used for the ongoing maintenance of the building. It is believed that much of the original yellow sandstone came from the North Isle of Eday.

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