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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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    2 Museum

    Campbeltown

    Learn about the fascinating life and times of Campbeltown at its superb local history museum.

  2. Sweetheart Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 3 Historic Attraction
    3 Historic Attraction

    New Abbey

    This splendid red-sandstone ruin of the late 13th century was founded by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway, in memory of her husband Lord John Balliol.

  3. Nigg Old Church

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    Historic Sites

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    Tain

    The beautiful Nigg Old Church can trace its origins back to 1296 and the present structure was built in 1626.It contains the internationally renowned Nigg Pictish Cross-Slab, recently re-displayed with new lighting and interpretation.

  4. Cambuskenneth Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Stirling

    Cambuskenneth Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important abbeys and is home to a fine collection of medieval grave slabs and architectural fragments.

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Langholm

    Samye Ling is a large Tibetan Buddhist temple and monastic community located in a quiet rural setting.

  6. St Cuthbert's Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    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.

  7. Cowal Baptist Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Dunoon

    This baptist church is located in the resort town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  8. Ayr Auld Kirk

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Ayr

    Situated on the banks of the River Ayr, the Auld Kirk of Ayr dates back to the 17th century.

  9. Jedburgh Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Jedburgh

    One of the four border abbeys, Jedburgh Abbey was founded by David I in around 1138 for Augustinian canons.

  10. The Italian Chapel

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Orkney

    Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War.

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