The ancient Restenneth Priory, by Forfar, is believed to have been founded by the king of the Picts around 715AD.
The Pictish King was said to have sent for an Abbot to ask for instruction in the Christian faith, and also for builders who could build in the Roman style of stone, which was unheard of in this period.
However, the base of the tower is said to be closer to 11th Century, which would suggest that the ground has always had a spiritual connection, with rebuilding taking place throughout the ages. Either way, this priory is one of the very earliest stone buildings in Scotland.
Welcome to Rosslyn Castle a very haunted Scottish location.
The St Clare (Sinclair) family have held the lands of Roslin since 1280. The first castle built on these lands can be dated to either the late 14th or early 15th century.
The courtyard was entered via a drawbridge over an artificial ditch when first constructed, a far cry from the amazing approach we see today.
Today we only see a small portion of what would’ve been an imposing yet stunning castle, with many ruined parts now clearly visible. This is little wonder due to harsh Scottish weather, various attacks and one too many fires through the ages.
The Old Temple Kirk – Seat Of The Knights Templars
This was the principal seat of the Knights Templars in Scotland with a history going back to that of King David I (Reigned April or May 1124 – 24 May 1153)
The earliest reference we have at hand is most likely in a charter of 1175-99. So we can clearly see an estimated timeline of creation with these dates.
In addition, we also find that in 1128, its alleged that the cousin of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Hugues de Payens, met King David I in Scotland. The Order thus established a seat at Balantrodoch, now Temple, Midlothian on the South Esk River.
St Monans Auld Kirk dates back to around the year 875 when Saint Monan was buried here.
It was said that King David II – after being injured at the battle of Neville’s Cross by a Bow (17 October 1346) – visited the exact site and ordered a Kirk be built after a miraculous recovery from his injuries.
The magical natural surroundings of Dunino Den & Kirk, an ancient sacred site used for thousands of years pre-dating Christianity.
It will be little surprise that this location is situated on a ley-line, with the kirk itself said to be inside an ancient stone circle which was destroyed, with some of the stone used in it’s construction.
In the Kirk-yard you can still see a stone, which visitors place coins upon as a token to the sacred site.
It’s hypothesised that spirit can use natural energies of these lay-lines to communicate with the physical. A thin place where the spirit world and physical world can overlap!