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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. St Cuthbert's Church

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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.

  2. St Michael's Parish Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Linlithgow

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

  3. 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.

  4. Kirkmadrine Early Christian Stones

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Stranraer

    These stones are some of the oldest and most important early Christian memorial stones in Britain.

  5. Inchcolm Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 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.

  6. Lincluden Collegiate Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Dumfries

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

  7. Erskine Marykirk

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Stirling

    This beautiful Erskine Marykirk situated just outside of Stirling town dates back to 18th century.

  8. Dunblane Cathedral

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    Historic Sites

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    Dunblane

    Dunblane Cathedral is a beautiful medieval church in Dunblane which dates as far back as the 12th century.

  9. Kilfinan Parish Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Tighnabruaich

    Visit the ancient resting places of the chiefs of Clan Lamont, one of the oldest clans in Scotland, at this 13th century church nestled in the hamlet of Kilfinan.

  10. Paisley Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Paisley

    Paisley Abbey's origins date back to the 12th century and it is recognised as the cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.

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