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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. Hamilton Mausoleum

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Hamilton

    Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has one of the longest lasting echoes of any man-made structure in the world.

  2. Balmerino Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    North Fife

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

  3. Inchmahome Priory

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 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. 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.

  5. Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Langholm

    Samye Ling is a large Tibetan Buddhist temple and monastic community located in a quiet rural setting.

  6. Cowal Baptist Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Dunoon

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

  7. St Mary's Parish Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Haddington

    Beautiful, C14th riverside church of cathedral proportions. War-torn C16. Nave repaired, but E end, transepts, tower left roofless 400 yrs till all restored 1970s. Now whole again - longest parish church in Scotland. Carvings,windows. Shop.

  8. Church of the Holy Rude

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Stirling

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

  9. Rosslyn Chapel

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Roslin

    Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.

  10. Glasgow Cathedral

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    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.

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