Balmerino Abbey

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Balmerino, Newport-on-tay, Fife, DD6 8SB

    Enjoy a fascinating visit to Balmerino Abbey, ruins of a Cistercian Monastery which was founded in 1229.

    Home for over 300 years to a devout order of Cistercian monks, the abbey was ravaged by the Reformation in the 16th century, converted to a barony and occupied by generations of the Lords of Balmerino.

    Today it is a tranquil spot for a picnic, a spiritual hub for the community and a place of historical significance for Scotland. The grounds are home to an ancient Spanish chestnut tree, one of the oldest in the country.

    The abbey has been regarded by some as one of the National Trust for Scotland's hidden gems since it was gifted to the conservation charity by the Earl of Dundee in 1936.

    Normally visitors can now follow a fascinating guided walk through the ruins using printed leaflets available at the property however there are stabilisation works currently underway so entrance to the ruins is closed but they can be seen from the grounds.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Picnic Area

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    Balmerino Abbey is 5 miles west of the Tay Road Bridge and 10 miles north-west of St Andrews.

    By road: off A914

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