For all that monasteries and convents are rare today, for centuries they were powerful institutions that played an important role in society. Monks were among the few people who could read and write in an era of near-total illiteracy. They also developed agricultural and scientific ideas and took them to other countries.
Whisky production will return to its historic Fife home on Wednesday ending a drought of more than half a millennia.
It is the birthplace of the “water of life”.
These photographs show the huge progress being made to bring a historic distillery back to life in Fife after 500 years.