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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. 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.

  2. St Magnus Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

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

  3. Cowal Baptist Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    This baptist church is located in the resort town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  4. 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.

  5. Kirkmadrine Early Christian Stones

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Stranraer

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

  6. St Machar's Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

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

  7. Dryburgh Abbey

    Type

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Crichton Collegiate Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Pathhead

    A grand old Medieval church built in 1449, by William Crichton Lord Chancellor of Scotland.

  10. 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.

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