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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. St Machar's Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Aberdeen

    St Machar's Cathedral is located to the north of Aberdeen city centre in the former burgh of Old Aberdeen.

  2. Kirk Of Calder

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Mid Calder

    Church of Scotland This 16th-century parish church, recently restored, won the West Lothian Award for Conservation in 1992.

  3. Kelso Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Kelso

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

  4. Erskine Marykirk

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Stirling

    This beautiful Erskine Marykirk situated just outside of Stirling town dates back to 18th century.

  5. Dundrennan Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Kirkcudbright

    Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours on Scottish soil in this Cistercian abbey founded by David I. Built in c12th. the abbey stands in a small secluded valley, its remoteness in keeping with the strict rules of the Cistercian abbey.

  6. Elgin Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 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.

  7. Cambuskenneth Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Stirling

    Cambuskenneth Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important abbeys and is home to a fine collection of medieval grave slabs and architectural fragments.

  8. Dunkeld Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Dunkeld

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

  9. The Italian Chapel

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Orkney

    Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War.

  10. Melrose Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Melrose

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

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