Religious sites

Religious sites have long had connections with Scotland’s coastal fringe, from the early dysarts (locations in remote places, often on islands) where holy men found places of retreat away from populous areas (e.g. Sgor Nam Ban-Naomha on Canna), to the well-established Iona Abbey with its attendant high crosses and buildings. Pictish burial cemeteries are known to have been positioned in ‘liminal’ positions, often on gravel terraces above river courses or in the case of Lunan Bay, Angus on the raised sea beach. This association between religious location and the sea/coast has long been a tradition in Scotland, which has been under-researched in the past.

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