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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. Eaglais na h-Aoidhe

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    Historic Sites

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    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.

  2. Alloway Auld Kirk

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Alloway

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

  3. Jedburgh Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 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.

  4. Crichton Collegiate Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Pathhead

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

  5. Kilfinan Parish Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Tighnabruaich

    Visit the ancient resting places of the chiefs of Clan Lamont, one of the oldest clans in Scotland, at this 13th century church nestled in the hamlet of Kilfinan.

  6. 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.

  7. St Mary's Parish Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 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.

  8. Nigg Old Church

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Tain

    Welcome to Nigg Old Church

  9. 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.

  10. Sweetheart Abbey

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    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.

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