A collection of images of the countryside near and around Loch Gelly, including the ruins at Rosie Pond, the fields that will be Little Raith wind farm, the Black Woods and Loch Gelly

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Does anyone know the name of the ruins, or can give any background information on the ruins or Rosie pond? Please post in the comments below if you have any feedback or information you would like to share, thanks.


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  1. Teresa

    June 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Great photos, especially of the ruins. I don’t know if there are any written records about the ruins, my only knowledge of them are stories handing down through the generations. They were appararently once a fine-looking abbey or monastery. It was said the the monks living there could be traced back to the Culdee monks from the early Celtic conversion to Christianity. The Culdee monks are known throughout Scotland and they built their churches on the ‘sacred sites’ of the Celts and Pagans. It was rumoured also that they had connections with the Culdees and monks based in the ‘healing spa’ of Scotlandwell. Anyway, back to the story of our Lochgelly ruins 😉 The monks were apparently quite self-sufficient, there was a piggery, which is still standing, and various out-houses with live-stock. They had a couple of fields growing vegetables, etc. and it is said that the Rosie pond was man-made and they used it for fish and their water-needs. It is a pity there doesn’t seem to be any records of what must have once been a very important community and building in the area. I wonder if there is anything written about them in the history of Loch Ore which has managed to retain quite a bit about the local history of the surrounding areas including Lochgelly.


    • Lochgelly

      June 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for sharing this information, we didn’t know any of the background of the ruins, or that it was monks that resided there. ALl we knew that the site is marked as a site of historical interest, and thats it, not much information.

      Thanks again for posting this information 🙂


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