Abbey in stirling
STV Production -
Neil Oliver, Visit Scotland video about Scotland
Historic Scotland video about Stirling Castle
|Cambuskenneth lies east
of stirling on the banks of the river. You can access it
through riverside and over the bridge or from alloa road
from causeway head. It is a small village and more importantly
home to a very important historical site, Cambuskenneth Abbey.
|| In 1127 in
1140, King David I granted the lands of Cambuskenneth to
the Augustinians for the purpose of establishing a monastery.
It remained in the hands of the Church until the Reformation.
Now all that exists of the Abbey is the Belltower. After
the Reformation the land fell into the Crown and came into
the hands of the Earl of Mar.
|To the west
of the Belltower all that remains of the Abbey are the foundations
of the old medieval village which surrounded the monastery.
The late Georgian and early Victorian village of Cambuskenneth
is situated around the streets of South and North Street.
The original and only quick dry link between the town of
Stirling and Cambuskenneth was the ferry which after almost
daily service since 1140 fell into disuse when the Cambuskenneth
Bridge was constructed in the early part of this century
to help the unemployed during the Depression.
was at one time particularly famous for its apples. The Cambuskenneth
Red variety is still well known in many parts of America
though the last remaining apple trees were unfortunately
destroyed in Cambuskenneth in the 60s. This was done without
the knowledge or authority of the Trust.