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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. Glasgow Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Glasgow East End

    This medieval cathedral is thought to have been built on the site of St Kentigern’s tomb and marks the birthplace of the city of Glasgow.

  2. St Giles' Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Church of Scotland Discover 1,000 years of history in the heart of Edinburgh.

  3. Jedburgh Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The Whithorn Story

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Whithorn

    Whithorn is a great place to spend a day learning all about the priory and the pilgrims who travelled here to honour St Ninian.

  6. Chapel Finian

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Glenluce

    Situated 5 miles north west of Port William, the remains of this small chapel are thought to date back to the 10th century.

  7. St. Blane's Chapel

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Bute

    This lovely ruined church sits nestled in a valley at the southern end of the Isle of Bute and boasts views that stretch as far as the Isle of Arran and the Holy Isle.

  8. Elgin Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Elgin

    Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ is a majestic, historic ruin situated in Elgin.

  9. Ayr Auld Kirk

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Ayr

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

  10. Rosslyn Chapel

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Roslin

    Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.

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