Abernethy Churchyard Scotland

 

When staying at Weavers Hall in Newburgh, Abernethy is only 10 minutes away by car. The Abernethy Churchyard and Old Round Tower make an interesting day out. Have a coffee or lunch at nearby Culdees Tearoom, where the key is held to enter and climb the Tower.
This Celtic Round Tower, is one of the only two remaining in Scotland, the second being at Brechin. These are tall, slender, tapering columns, free-standing and not part of church buildings, although sited in later kirkyards. The Abernethy Tower dates probably from the 9th or 10th century, with 11th century alterations. It is 72 feet high and only 8 feet in interior diameter, with walls 3 1/2 feet thick. There were six stages of timber flooring, and door and windows are in the Irish style. The modern clock is somewhat incongruous. These towers served the Celtic clergy as steeples, watch-towers against Viking invaders and others, and refuges. There are still 76 of them standing in Ireland. With its Tower, Church and Churchyard, new Museum, winding Glen walks, Mercat Cross and Traditional Houses, Abernethy village has much to show the visitor

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