Historic Scotland

Opening times

April 1 and September 30:
9.30am to 6pm



Visit the resting place of King James III and his wife Queen Margaret in the shadow of the mighty Stirling Castle.

Cambuskenneth Abbey was founded in about 1140 by King David I to serve Stirling Castle, which stands a short distance to the west. It was the scene of Robert the Bruce’s parliaments in 1314 and 1326, and the burial place of James III and Margaret of Denmark in the 1480s.

The abbey’s chief delight is the bell tower – there are no parallels for this structure in Scotland. It’s an excellent example of 1200s architecture, with good lancet windows and ornamental arcades.