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Cambuskenneth Abbey - by Stirling

Cambuskenneth Abbey, by Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland

A mile to the north-east of Stirling Castle in a loop of the River Forth.

Most of it is in ruins but the bell-tower is still nearly complete, as you can see.

The River Forth forms a loop on the extreme right of the photos and turns back north before crossing from west to east in the near distance just a few yards behind the Abbey. At this point it's still tidal.

Cambuskenneth Abbey, by Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland

An abbey with a long and fascinating history and well worth a visit.

A closer view showing more detail.

This was where Robert I (Robert Bruce) held a parliament just after the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 which is 4 or 5 miles (about 8km) away to the south-west; it's the burial site of King James III of Scotland, circa 1451-88 and earlier his wife, Margaret of Denmark. Their new tomb was paid for by Queen Victoria in 1865.

Cambuskenneth Abbey, by Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland

The Abbey was burned down in 1383 by the forces of the English King Richard II.

Cambuskenneth Abbey in now in the care of Historic Scotland and is open daily from April to September with free entry.

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