AN HISTORIC abbey that until now has remained one of Fife’s best-kept secrets has been put back on Scotland’s map thanks to the launch of a new booklet.
The publication, ‘A Cistercian Monastery in Fife, Balmerino Abbey’, was produced by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland and the Strathmartine Trust.
It gives the history of the 13th century abbey, a guide to its surviving ruins and the life and work of those who lived there.
The original monks, who walked to Balmerino from Melrose Abbey, were the beneficiaries of the abbey’s founders, Alexander II of Scotland and his mother, Queen Ermengarde, who had taken to visiting the area for her health.
The booklet was officially launched in the grounds of the abbey at an event hosted by Balmerino History Group.