A seminal building in Scottish history, Arbroath Abbey is where the nation swore its independence from English rule in 1320. The Declaration of Arbroath, delivered to the Pope, contained the immortal line "For, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule.” The abbey was founded by William the Lion in 1178 and played a pivotal role in Scots history for the next 400 years. Visit the ruined abbey today and you can still sense the grandeur of the place and get a feel for the historic events that took place within its walls. Major features include the Round O, a large circular window whose light was used to guide mariners safely home. The Stone of Destiny is intertwined with Arbroath Abbey, and you’ll discover more about its storied past during a day trip to this iconic monument.
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