Visit Abernethy and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Abernethy, Perth and Kinross. From very early times, Abernethy seems to have been a place of some importance. About 1 mile South West, on high ground overlooking the town, is Castle Law fort. This is a timber-laced fort of the Iron Age. It was excavated at the beginning of this century and yielded a bronze brooch belonging to the second half of the first millennium B.C.
A short distance North East., the Romans built a legionary fortress at Carpow. This site, which was partly examined many years ago, is now in the course of systematic excavation. Carpow was a port, and the later town of Abernethy, lying near the junction of the rivers Earn and Tay, no doubt owed its importance to its riverine position. Traditionally Abernethy is a Pictish foundation and probably one of the tribal capitals of the Pictish kingdom. It was also at an early date the site of an important religious foundation dedicated to St Bridget, and was the seat of a bishop. Towards the end of the 11th century. Culdees were established at Abernethy, but by 1273 the Culdee monastery had become a priory of Augustinian canons and a cell of the monastery at Inchaffray. In 1476 there was a Collegiate Church served by a provost and prebends, the bishopric having been transferred to St Andrews.
The Round Tower is one of only two such in Scotland. The other is at Brechin. The tower is 74 ft high and is built of courses of hewn stone. The door stands above the base, and when guarded could make the building impregnable. Such towers are Irish in origin; they served as places of refuge for the clergy in times of danger. In Ireland they date back to the 11th century.
Near the base of the tower is a fragmentary Pictish sculptured stone.
According to Fordoun, Malcolm Canmore did homage to William the Conqueror at Abernethy in 1072.
Nearby towns: Cupar, Glenrothes, Kinross, Perth
Nearby villages: Aberargie, Aberdalgie, Abernyte, Almondbank, Arngask, Auchtermuchty, Balbeggie, Bridge of Earn, Collace, Collessie, Dron, Dunbog, Errol, Falkland, Forgandenny, Forteviot, Freuchie, Gateside, Glencarse, Glenfarg, Guildtown, Inchture, Invergowrie, Invergowrie, Kilspindie, Kinfauns, Kingskettle, Kinnaird, Ladybank, Leslie, Lindores, Longforgan, Luncarty, Luthrie, Markinch, Milnathort, Milton of Balgonie, Monimail, Moonzie, New Scone, Newburgh, Pitlessie, Rait, Rannoch, Springfield, St. Madoes, St. Martins, Strathmiglo
Have you decided to visit Abernethy or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Abernethy bed and breakfast (a Abernethy B&B or Abernethy b and b)
- a Abernethy guesthouse
- a Abernethy hotel (or motel)
- a Abernethy self-catering establishment, or
- other Abernethy accommodation