Cambuskenneth Abbey is located by the River Forth in the outskirts of Stirling. If you visit by car, you need to head in the Alloa direction on the A907 and look our for the turn off to Cambuskenneth.
However, it’s’ possible to visit Cambuskenneth Abbey on foot from Stirling city centre. If you head down to Riverside, there’s a footbridge over the river to Cambuskenneth. The blossom trees by the bridge were so beautiful when I was there.
Cabuskenneth Abbey is maintained by Historic Scotland and it’s free to enter.
The Abbey was founded in 1140. Robert Bruce’s parliament assembled there is 1326. James III and his wife, Margaret of Denmark, were buried there in the 1480s.
Cambuskenneth Abbey’s free standing bell tower was built in the 13th century.
By 1560, the Abbey was a ruin, with the land being used as a quarry. It’s believed that the Bell Tower survived, being put to use as a lookout tower over the Carse of Stirling by the local Earl of Mar.
You can see the Wallace Monument from Cambuskenneth Abbey.
If you walk down to the banks of the River Forth, you’ll get great views towards the Ochil Hills.
If you’re in the Stirling area between April to September (the months in which the grounds are open), I recommend a visit to Cambuskenneth Abbey.