Just about a mile to the north-east of Stirling Castle in a loop of the
River Forth, looking south. Most of it is in ruins but the bell-tower is still
You can see the River Forth running from a loop on the extreme right of the
photographs and back north before crossing from west to east in the near distance
just a few yards behind the Abbey. At this point and for 4 miles or so (over 9km)
upstream the river is still tidal.
This place has a long and fascinating history. The Abbey was
founded by King David I in about 1140 as what was later to become an
This was where Robert I (Robert Bruce) held a Parliament just after the battle
of Bannockburn in 1314 which was 4 or 5 miles away to the south-west. It contains
the burial site of King James III, circa 1451-88 and earlier his wife, Margaret
of Denmark. Their new tomb was paid for by Queen Victoria in 1865.
Cambuskenneth Abbey in now in the care of Historic Scotland and is open daily
from April to September with free entry.
The Abbey was burned down in 1383 by the forces of the English King
Richard II but was finally destroyed during the Protestant Reformation in 1560.