15 Amazing Abbeys You Can Visit in Scotland
Found in Fife, Dunfermline Abbey is actually the resting place of some of Scotland’s most significant historical figures. A worshipping community that dates back all the way 1072, part of the abbey remains a place of worship for locals. Made a royal mausoleum after its construction, a palace was also constructed around the abbey during the Protestant reformation – and would later be the birthplace of Charles I; the last British monarch to be born in Scotland. Similarly built to Durham Cathedral, significant figures to be buried at the abbey include Robert the Bruce and Kings David I and Alexander I.
A Catholic abbey – which isn’t common in Scotland today – Pluscarden Abbey is the only medieval monastery in Britain being used for its original purpose. Situated in Moray, a community of Benedictine monks still live and work in the abbey, championing values of reflection, serenity and work. The abbey was first built in the 13th century and still welcomes guests and visitors. People of all faiths are welcomed for space to retreat and reflect in the calm and quiet of the glen in which the abbey sits.