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Kirks and chapels of Scotland

Hi everyone, I make this topic because in May (if the situation allows me obviously) I'll be travelling by foot only accross the whole Scotland for months. During this trip I would really love to discover the scottish kirks and chapels. In your beautiful country, I know there are a lot of them, full of history,  but I struggle to find them in the internet or the books I find in France. 
It's way easier to find castles and castles's ruins and I definitly will include A LOT of them in my walking trip, but I give so much importance to kirks, chapels, abbeys (even ruins), especially in the countrysides, forests, lands etc. Peacefull places full of history.
I'd be gratefull if someone has any suggestion of patrimony for me to visit.

Thank you very much.



  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @Helios

    Thank you for your message and we are happy to hear that you are trying to plan a visit in Scotland. We have some beautiful churches and chapels all over the country, so it really depends which area you are planning to visit. Do you have a preferred area? Unfortunately many of our churches are now locked during the week and only open for services. However if there was one that you came across that you really wanted to visit, you could get in touch with them and they may be able to open it for a visit. Each church will work differently. All churches can be viewed from the outside and their grounds and graveyards can be explored. 

    There are lots of Abbeys and Chapels in Scotland all over the country. In the Borders you have the ruins of 4 beautiful abbeys. Melrose Abbey, where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried, Dryburgh Abbey, burial place of Sir Walter Scott, Jedburgh Abbey and Kelso Abbey. They are run by Historic Environmental Scotland. You can check out their website here for more information on all their buildings, and their explorer pass, which if visiting a few places will save you a bit of money.  There is also Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh and weekly services are still held here. 

    I hope this gets you started? If you have a specific area you are planning to visit then I can look for more suggestions for that area.

    Please do not hesitate to get back in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland :smile:

    Kind Regards


  • Sandy0052Sandy0052 Member
    Douglas Church is an essential for any history buff
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    What a fabulous idea @Helios.

    A couple of years ago we visited Aberdeenshire and discovered they have an Historic Churches Trail. Really interesting. I wrote about our visit and including some of the ruins and Pictish stones we went to see:

    Here is a link to the full list:

    I've also found a list for places within the Tayside area too: 

    I hope this helps? 

    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

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