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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. 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.

  2. Church of the Holy Rude

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Founded in 12th century, the Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling.

  3. Inchmahome Priory

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Port of Menteith

    Located on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome Priory was founded in 1238 and much of the 13th century building remains.

  4. Dunblane Cathedral

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Dunblane Cathedral is a beautiful medieval church in Dunblane which dates as far back as the 12th century.

  5. Balmerino Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    North Fife

    Enjoy a fascinating visit to Balmerino Abbey, ruins of a Cistercian Monastery which was founded in 1229.

  6. Historic Kilmun

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Dunoon

    Welcome to Historic Kilmun

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Crichton Collegiate Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Pathhead

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

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