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Abernethy near the junction of the Rivers Earn and Tay, west of Newburgh, was the site probably of a Pictish monastery. The Abernethy Round Tower, in the care of Historic Scotland, is one of only 2 round towers in the Irish style that survive in Scotland. The upper part dates from the 11th century but the base is earlier, and it may have been the lookout tower for a monastery.

Beside the tower is a fragmentary Pictish symbol stone. Overlooking the village are the extensive remains of a timber-laced Iron Age fort, Castle Law, which was excavated at the beginning of the 20th century. Among the finds was a bronze brooch dating from the second
half of the 1st millennium BC.

At Carpow, to the northeast, are the remains of a Roman fortress and naval base near the south bank of the Tay. In 1072 Malcolm III made a submission to William the Conqueror following William’s invasion of Scotland. Malcolm’s son Duncan, later Duncan II, was taken to
England as a hostage to ensure that Malcolm agreed to regard William as his overlord.

Abernethy is easily reached from Perth:

Express By Holiday Inn, Perth. Ideally located for access to the main motorways in central Scotland, this hotel provides great value for the business or leisure traveller. All 81 modern bedrooms have power shower, hairdryer, television including SKY Sports 1 & 2 and SKY News. Wireless internet access is available. Free car parking is provided. Perth Hotel Breaks.

The Quality Hotel Perth is an elegant Victorian hotel in the hub of social activity, with its Scottish fare and fine whiskies. Bedrooms have television and tea and coffee making facilities. An excellent Perthshire touring base in good golfing country, close to a number of whisky distilleries and the Caithness glass factory.

The Ramada Perth hotel is a former 15th century watermill, located in the centre of Perth, the gateway to the Highlands. Fresh running water is still visible through portholes in the reception and lounge areas. The hotel is an ideal location to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

If you would like to Tour Abernethy on a highly personalized small group tour of my native Scotland please e-mail me: Sandy Stevenson

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