Abernethy, Perthshire

This is an old Scottish town worth looking at on any tours of Scotland.

 

On the high ground overlooking the town is Castle Law.

This is a timber laced fort of the Iron Age.

It was excavated at the beginning of this century and yielded a bronze brooch.

The brooch dated to the second half of the first millennium B.C.

 

Abernethy is a Pictish foundation , and probably one of the tribal capitals of the Pictish kingdom.

The Picts were a group of Celtic-speaking peoples who lived in what is today eastern and northern Scotland during the late British Iron Age and Early Medieval periods.

 

Abernethy was also an early site of an important religious foundation dedicated to Saint Bridget.

 

The Round Tower at Abernethy is one of only two such towers in Scotland.

The tower is 74 feet high , and is built of courses of hewn stone.

The door stands above the base , and when guarded could make the building impregnable.

Near the base of the tower is a fragmentary Pictish sculptured stone.

 

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