Founded in 1219, the ruins of Deer Abbey are today found next to the A950 as it passes between two low hills just west of (dear old) Old Deer. Not much remains above ground-floor level, but the layout of the buildings is still fairly easy to make out. The abbey library is believed to have once held the Book of Deer, from an even earlier monastery nearby. Parts of this (dating from about 1100) are the earliest examples of written Gaelic still to survive from Scotland. Aikey Brae Stone Circle is barely a mile away - also worth visiting.
Name: Deer Abbey ★★☆☆☆
Location: A950 a mile west of Old Deer, G.R.: NJ 969481 / calculating straws walls