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Cambuskenneth lies east of stirling on the banks of the river. You can access it through riverside and over the bridge or from alloa road from causeway head. It is a small village and more importantly home to a very important historical site, Cambuskenneth Abbey.

In 1127 in 1140, King David I granted the lands of Cambuskenneth to the Augustinians for the purpose of establishing a monastery. It remained in the hands of the Church until the Reformation. Now all that exists of the Abbey is the Belltower. After the Reformation the land fell into the Crown and came into the hands of the Earl of Mar.
To the west of the Belltower all that remains of the Abbey are the foundations of the old medieval village which surrounded the monastery. The late Georgian and early Victorian village of Cambuskenneth is situated around the streets of South and North Street. The original and only quick dry link between the town of Stirling and Cambuskenneth was the ferry which after almost daily service since 1140 fell into disuse when the Cambuskenneth Bridge was constructed in the early part of this century to help the unemployed during the Depression.
Cambuskenneth was at one time particularly famous for its apples. The Cambuskenneth Red variety is still well known in many parts of America though the last remaining apple trees were unfortunately destroyed in Cambuskenneth in the 60s. This was done without the knowledge or authority of the Trust.