Lindores Abbey becomes wedding venue

Lindores Abbey
Lindores Abbey

THE remains of a north east Fife abbey dating back to the 12th century are enjoying a new lease of life as a wedding venue.

Lindores Abbey, near Newburgh, was once home to an order of Tironensian monks, but present day owners Helen and Drew McKenzie Smith, who run a party planning business, spotted a gap in the Scottish wedding market.

Taking inspiration from recent relaxed but stylish celebrity weddings, they’ve installed a traditional rustic marquee among the imposing ruins.

Helen said: “Lindores Abbey is also famous for being the birthplace of Scotch whisky in 1494, when Friar John Cor was ordered to pay duty on malt purchased to produce whisky for King James IV.

“In addition the monks of Lindores were famed for their prowess in fruit growing, the legacy of which can still be enjoyed today, with Newburgh producing some of the best and rarest plums in Scotland.

“To further ensure the sustainability of the crop it is our intention to donate a tree to each person who hosts an event in the abbey for them to plant and name, complete with an engraved plaque marking their special day.”

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