These ruins were featured in the movie Braveheart. Even though it was portrayed as a castle in reality monks use to live there. A longer trip away from Dublin towards Navan turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Two women are walking through the cloisters of the castle. One of them is the wife of the prince of England and her lady-in-waiting. It was hard to believe that that scene from Braveheart was filmed right here on the ruins of Bective Abbey. I haven’t heard about this before. On the information board outside there are only historical facts. Braveheart should definitely be mentioned. There are many fans of this movie in different parts of the world.
The ruins were kept in really good condition. The area is pretty well built up with an entrance gates. The courtyard was kept and it was used in the movie. All of the cloisters are surrounded with arcades. Some time ago they were heavily decorated; we can see that in the movie. This was of course taken care of by the scriptwriters. Although the monastery not the castle is build up, this part also had a function in defending and protecting.
The isolated monks used their free time between praying and studying to wonder around these cloisters. Were they admiring the beauty this place? Were they wondering if the decorations were a sign of greed? But the monks were not the ones that sculpted them. They hired someone that in return got paid. Or maybe their followers did it in return for their penance or payment for their alms. When reading in depth about the history of this place I have read that the monks have received this building as a gift. If I wanted to be more precise a king of County Meath has offered it a thousand years ago for the Blessed Virgin.
Today the very well kept ruins can be seen every day for free. Even though it takes a while to get there from Dublin (around 50 km) it is worth visiting. The journey is simple. From the M3 motorway it is best to go to the right, on the R147 road and immediately take a left to L2203 road which leads straight to Bective. From there you will see signs that will lead you to the monastery.