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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. 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.

  2. St Magnus Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

  3. St Andrews Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    St Andrews

    The remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which was Scotland’s largest cathedral and most magnificent church, show how impressive it used to be.

  4. 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.

  5. Glasgow Gurdwara

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Glasgow

    Welcome to Glasgow Gurdwara

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Lochwinnoch

    Glasgows nearest big countryside attraction for a healthy family fun day out or outdoor activities in Scotlands largest Regional Park.

  9. Glenluce Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Glenluce

    Founded in 1192 by Roland, Earl of Galloway the magnificent ruins of this Cistercian Abbey are some of the best preserved in Scotland.

  10. Eaglais na h-Aoidhe

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Point

    Eaglais na h-Aoidhe, otherwise known as St Columba's Ui Church, is a beautiful medieval building at the eastern end of the Braighe, on the Isle of Lewis. It is open to the public and you are very welcome to visit at any time.

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