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  • Looking up a road towards Crathie Kirk with trees on either side
    Crathie Kirk
  • Looking across Pittencrieff Park towards Dunfermline Abbey
    Dunfermline Abbey
  • St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
    St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
  • Looking over to the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey
    The ruins of Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey

Step into the country’s past by visiting Scottish churches, cathedrals and abbeys, many of which date back thousands of years.

Across the country, there are many religious buildings, some which were once used by monks and saints right at the beginning of Scottish Christianity. Explore the ruins and beautiful architecture of these churches, cathedrals and abbeys and their marvellous settings. Hear stories from the past and imagine what life was like to worship in these buildings.

Plan a trip to Scottish churches, cathedrals and abbeys using the information listings.

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  1. Crossraguel Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 3 Historic Attraction
    3 Historic Attraction

    Maybole

    Founded in the early 13th century by the Earl of Carrick, the remains Crossraguel Abbey sit just a few miles south of Ayr on Scotland’s west coast.

  2. Inchcolm Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Aberdour

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

  3. St Cuthbert's Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Hidden in the trees to the western end of Princes Street Gardens is the solid and imposing bulk of St Cuthbert's Parish Church. The present church was built in 1892 when traces of at least six earlier church buildings were found.

  4. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    St Marys Episcopal Cathedral Built in 1879 to the design of Sir George Gilbert Scott, St Mary's is one of the world's great neo-Gothic buildings.

  5. Dryburgh Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    St Boswells

    Perhaps the most beautiful of all the Border Abbeys, the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey are remarkably complete and surrounded by beautiful grounds.

  6. Iona Abbey And Nunnery

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    The serene Isle of Iona is home to the oldest and most sacred religious places in all of western Europe.

  7. Kirk Of Calder

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Mid Calder

    Church of Scotland This 16th-century parish church, recently restored, won the West Lothian Award for Conservation in 1992.

  8. Lincluden Collegiate Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    These magnificent ruins date back to the 14th century and sit upon an earlier site of a priory once used by Benedictine nuns.

  9. Hamilton Mausoleum

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Hamilton

    Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has one of the longest lasting echoes of any man-made structure in the world.

  10. St Michael's Parish Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Linlithgow

    One of the finest examples of a large medieval burgh church.

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