Since the early 19th century a number of monasteries, nunneries and cathedrals have been built. Cathedrals are located in built-up areas. Monasteries and nunneries can be found in both urban and rural locations. Occasionally monastic sites are situated within the ruins of older religious foundations, as at Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin or Iona Abbey in Argyll. Others have been established in more remote locations, such as the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Eskdalemuir.
The modern abbey of Nunraw, East Lothian, with its two courts and grounds, is set amongst farmland on the edge of the Lammermuirs. Current OS maps note these sites, and background information is available in various archives and published sources.