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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. Inchcolm Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Aberdour

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

  2. Iona Abbey And Nunnery

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    The serene Isle of Iona is home to the oldest and most sacred religious places in all of western Europe.

  3. Hamilton Mausoleum

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Hamilton

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

  4. 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.

  5. Alloway Auld Kirk

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Alloway

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

  6. Kelso Abbey

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kelso

    Visit the magnificent Kelso Abbey in the Scottish Borders, dating as far back as the 12th century.

  7. St. Blane's Chapel

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    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.

  8. Elgin Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Elgin

    Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ is a majestic, historic ruin situated in Elgin.

  9. Kilmichael

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Bute

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

  10. 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.

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