Places to Visit in Carnoustie

Arbroath Abbey


Founded in 1178 for monks of the Tironensian order by King William the Lion, Arbroath Abbey is famous in Scottish history for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath, in which Scotland's nobles swore their independence from England.

A Royal Foundation
Arbroath Abbey is a testament to the dynamic piety of Scotland's medieval monarchs. It was founded in 1178 by King William I 'the Lion' as a memorial to his childhood friend Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in 1170.

William invited the Tironensian monks from Kelso Abbey, near the English border, to establish the monastery. When he died in 1214, his body was buried before the high altar. Traditionally, Scottish monarchs were laid to rest at the royal mausoleum at Dunfermline Abbey.

The legacy of William's piety is an outstandingly beautiful building. It has suffered much loss, but remains an important landmark locally.

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Arbroath Abbey