Historic Churches Trail

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Historic Churches Trail

Churches help tell a region’s story and act as a permanent record of an area’s social history. They also often serve as a link between pre-Christian prehistoric communities and the early spread of Christianity, with several churches built on or beside stone circles, standing stones or pictish symbol stones.

Many churches are no longer in ecclesiastical use, but are fascinating sites to visit illustrating the region’s rich architectural heritage. There are many more churches in Aberdeenshire which are still in use, continuing the ecclesiastical architectural tradition of the region, and often historic churches are found adjacent to their 'modern' replacements.

While visiting any of the churches listed on this page, take the chance to explore the surrounding graveyards to learn the stories of the parish, the people and events, their triumphs and tragedies, and to admire the fine work of the region’s highly accomplished stone masons.

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