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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. Sweetheart Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 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.

  2. Kilfinan Parish Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Arbroath Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Arbroath

    "Explore the substantial ruins of a Tironensian monastery, founded by William the Lion in 1178, who is buried in Arbroath Abbey."

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Melrose Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Melrose

    Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry.

  8. 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.

  9. Ukrainian POW Chapel

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Lockerbie

    Step inside to see what lies hidden behind the outer walls of this relatively unassuming pre-war building.

  10. Faw Kirk

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Falkirk

    Faw Kirk was the first church erected in the town of Falkirk which is believed to have given rise to the town’s name.

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