Kinloss Abbey is situated 29 miles
east of Inverness, 3 miles northeast of
Forres, at the very small
Village of Kinloss, off the Moray Coast
The Abbey can be visited all year
round free of charge. The Postcode: IV36
3TX is for the Abbey Inn
across the road.
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The image top is of the remains of Kinloss
Abbey from the east side.
The second image is of the War Graves on the
The Graveyard has a number of interesting
old Grave Slabs, with carvings that normally
show what type of business that family was
Grave Stones that lay flat over the grave
are normally before the 1700s. Upright
headstones are normally from the 1700s on, with
some of the earliest of these Upright Stones
containing the Scull and Crossbones.
If you like spending time viewing Old Grave
Yards, the rarest Flat Grave Slabs are ones
with the image of a Knight in Armour, and the
most sought after, ones of Knights
Templar, with the image of a Templar
The Templar's with their Vast Treasure were
supposed to have traveled from France to
Scotland in the early 1300s, then disappeared,
with Treasure Hunters still trying to trace
their movements, so as to find their
Kinloss Abbey History
1150 - Kinloss Abbey was founded by King
David I as a Cistercian Abbey ran by Monks from
1303 - King Edward I of England visited the
Abbey during the First War of
1306 - Robert the Bruce was made King of
Scotland, with his forces taking control back
from England over the following years.
1312 - the Abbey was awarded salmon fishing
rights on the River Findhorn from Robert the
Bruce. Along with other rights, Kinloss Abbey
became one of the richest Abbeys in
1329 - King Robert the Bruce died, leading
to the Second War of Scottish Independence,
after the English tried to take control of
Scotland again from 1332.
1336 - King Edward III of England visited
the Abbey during the Second War of Scottish
1356 - the Second War of Scottish
Independence ended through the Treaty of
1530s - the Catholic religion began being
replaced by the Protestant religion throughout
the British Isles, leading to a series of Wars,
and the destruction of many Abbeys and
1560 - the Reformation in Scotland began,
ending Catholic Worship for Scots, leading to
many of the Abbeys being abandoned.
1562 - the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots
visited the Abbey before it was abandoned.
1601 - the Abbey remains were granted to
Edward, Lord Bruce of Kinloss.
1643 - Kinloss Abbey was sold to Alexander
Brodie of Lethen.
1652 - Lethan sold stone from the Abbey to
the forces of Oliver Cromwell, to be used in
the building of a Citadel on
Cromwell Road in Inverness.