Lindores Abbey

[Lindores Abbey]

This former daughter house to Kelso Abbey sits by the south bank of the Firth of Tay on the outskirts of Newburgh. The 12th century site is now very much a ruin but spreads over an impressively large area - although there are no information boards, so it's difficult to visualise how it was originally laid out. In fact this site has another significant claim to fame: it's documented that the abbey produced whisky for King James IV in 1494, making it Scotland's first reference to the water of life. Ambitious plans were unveiled a few years ago to build a distillery next to the ruins here. Although the first stone hasn't yet been laid, planning permission was granted earlier in 2015, so it mightn't be too long before Scotch whisky returns to its, er, spiritual home.

[Abbey gate]

Name: Lindores Abbey ☆☆☆
Location: East end of Newburgh, Fife, G.R.: NO 244185 / trickles hides sector
Open: Always
Cost: Free

[Abbey ruins]

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