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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

    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."

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. St Michael's Parish Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Linlithgow

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. The Mackintosh Church - Queens Cross

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Glasgow West End

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

  8. Paisley Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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