The earliest masonry at Restenneth Priory dates to the 1100s, Alexander I had the annals of Iona transferred to the priory in the 1100s, and Robert the Bruce buried his young son Prince John here in the 1300s.



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Founded: 12th century
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Kevin Thomson (2 months ago)
Restenneth Priory is well worth a visit. Fantastic example of hidden history. 100s of years of history, secluded from the nearby roads and town. Linked to the Christian mission to pictish Kings.
E C McKenna (3 months ago)
Lovely walk on a gray day
steve w (4 months ago)
An interesting place, tucked out of the way with a footpath leading to it that appears to pass between someone's house and their garden.
Frank Davenport (4 months ago)
A lovely find tucked away in the countryside on the outskirts of Forfar. The grounds surrounding the priory are well maintained. Still a fair bit of the original building left and definitely worth a visit if you are interested in historical religious buildings and wonderful architecture.
mcdermc (5 months ago)
The earliest masonry at Restenneth Priory dates to circa 1100s although the pre-1100 base of the tower is likely to be amongst the oldest stone buildings in Scotland as it may well stand on the site of an ancient Pictish church built around 710 AD. The priory in Forfar grew in size and importance and at one time it is recorded that the *annals of Iona were transferred there in the 1100s. *It is believed to be true that Iona served as a sort of Pictish ‘centre of chronicling’ where written notices of events were sent for chronicle text [i.e. historical record] to be produced. King Robert Bruce became a generous patron and he chose Restenneth as the burial place for his infant son, Prince John, who died around 1327. Much of the church we see today dates from the 1200s with the most striking feature of the monastic ruins at Restenneth being its 45ft tower. As Forfarian born & bred, we have great memories of Restenneth Priory as it was one of Grandad's very popular pre-Sunday-dinner walk routes. Door-to-door only a mile-and-a-half away up the Montrose Road, but long enough to soak-up love & learning that lasted a lifetime.
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