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Glenluce Abbey

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Architectural beauty in a peaceful setting

Visited on a drizzly Sept afternoon, had the whole place to ourselves. Unfortunately the museum and... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
N Wales
Beautiful ruins

Unfortunately the visitor centre was closed when we went. We were able to go into the grounds of... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2018
Brian M
Montrose, United Kingdom
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Founded in 1192 by Roland, Earl of Galloway the magnificent ruins of this Cistercian Abbey are some of the best preserved in Scotland. A fantastic example of a well-preserved fragment of 13th century Cistercian church architecture, Glenluce Abbey...more
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Newton Stewart DG8 0AF, Scotland
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

Visited on a drizzly Sept afternoon, had the whole place to ourselves. Unfortunately the museum and Chapter House were closed due to staffing issues, a real shame. On the plus side, it was free to enter rather than £5 each. Our 4-legged friend enjoyed exploring...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately the visitor centre was closed when we went. We were able to go into the grounds of the abbey however. It would have been magnificent in its day.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brian M
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

We were in the area and, being Historic Scotland members, decided to visit the abbey. Disappointingly, we had arrived on a day when the chapterhouse was closed but, having debated whether to proceed with what is essentially a ruin, we decided to plough on. Glad...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

Visited this gem last summer. A beautiful and elegant ruin with an amazing history linked to the Whithorn pilgrimage

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

A very quiet and peaceful location. The abbey ruins are interesting to walk around and the grounds are very well kept. Dogs on lead welcome as at most Historic Scotland sites.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank David A
Reviewed 16 June 2018

I was travelling from Carlisle to Northern Ireland and was a little early for the ferry. I stopped off here for an hour and found the ruins to be in a well preserved state and had the whole place to myself! The information signs are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Vicks2112
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

A beautiful place to wander around. Good parking, very scenic area. Some interesting parts of architecture still remains including a couple of piscinas and archways.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jomatthews123
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Great place for another history lesson about the fall of monasteries. Not as impressive as some other abbeys but still worth visiting. It isn't open every day so please check the opening times. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Quite interesting display inside the centre. It...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Justyna W
Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely wander around a beautiful piece of history. Information provided about the history of the abbey.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jo4578
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We are always impressed with the ruins of the early churches and of the home quarters of the early Christians, and are so very thankful that Historic Scotland has made it a mission to try to preserve what's left of them.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank sgphoto
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