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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. Arbroath Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 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."

  2. Ayr Auld Kirk

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Ayr

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

  3. St Mary's Parish Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Haddington

    Huge, fine 14th century church of cathedral proportions. War-torn in C16 century only nave repaired. East end, transepts, tower roofless for 400yrs. Finally restored C20 and again longest parish church in Scotland. Carvings,windows. Shop.

  4. Dryburgh Abbey

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    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.

  5. The Mackintosh Church - Queens Cross

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Glasgow West End

    The Mackintosh Church at Queen's Cross is one of Glasgow's hidden architectural gems.

  6. Alloway Auld Kirk

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Alloway

    The eerie setting for Robert Burns' famous tale of Tam O'Shanter, Alloway Auld Kirk dates back to the 16th Century.

  7. Kelso Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kelso

    Visit the magnificent Kelso Abbey in the Scottish Borders, dating as far back as the 12th century.

  8. Dunkeld Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    Every year thousands of visitors enjoy the picturesque setting of Dunkeld Cathedral and take in its religious history.

  9. Kirkmadrine Early Christian Stones

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Stranraer

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

  10. Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Langholm

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

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