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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. Dryburgh Abbey

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Kilmichael

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Bute

    Located in the scenic and remote north of Bute, this quaint church is the site of many medieval stones.

  4. 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.

  5. Erskine Marykirk

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Stirling

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

  6. Arbroath Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Arbroath

    "Explore the substantial ruins of a Tironensian monastery, founded by William the Lion in 1178, who is buried in Arbroath Abbey."

  7. St Athernase Church

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    The Howe of Fife

    Church of Scotland Twelfth-century Norman church in a historic conservation setting.

  8. Eaglais na h-Aoidhe

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    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.

  9. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    St Marys Episcopal Cathedral Built in 1879 to the design of Sir George Gilbert Scott, St Mary's is one of the world's great neo-Gothic buildings.

  10. St. Blane's Chapel

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Bute

    This lovely ruined church sits nestled in a valley at the southern end of the Isle of Bute and boasts views that stretch as far as the Isle of Arran and the Holy Isle.

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