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Glenluce Abbey

Newton Stewart DG8 0AF, Scotland
+44 1557 331856
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Impressive ruins of another abbey

We are always impressed with the ruins of the early churches and of the home quarters of the early... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Grand Junction, Colorado
The Abbey

This is an interesting place to go and see although when i went it was closed and i could not get... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Andrew C
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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 occupies a site of great natural beauty in the tranquil and secluded valley of the Water of Luce. The remains include an impressive early 16th century chapter house and a museum of monastic life showcasing the fascinating collection of artefacts found during clearance work. The cloister is less well preserved but the overall layout of the domestic quarters can be followed. Over the years the abbey's historic visitors have included Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. Follow in their footsteps as you explore the ruins and the thought provoking setting.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
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Newton Stewart DG8 0AF, Scotland
+44 1557 331856
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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.

Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is an interesting place to go and see although when i went it was closed and i could not get inside.

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Free parking or not, I simply find it hard to get my head around why you would want to come and visit,what is, in effect a ruin.

Thank author55
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We visited on a beautiful day and it was a fantastic find. This is an ancient priory first inhabited by Cistercian Monks. The chapter house has magnificent acoustics and your voice sounds angelic here. Should have brought a picnic as it was idyllic. Debbie was...More

Thank PaulineGlasgow
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The problem with this site is that it is not being properly managed. We arrived and found a note on the door of the admin building referring to staff shortages. You can still walk around the abbey ruins and they are quite atmospheric and it...More

Thank cwsjms
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Like a few other reviewers, we arrived during normal opening hours to find the shop/admission office closed. However, the gate was open (and being existing Historic Scotland members :-) ), we went through the open gate. Some excellent restoration just outside the chapter house and...More

Thank WeirsAway
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Glenluce Abbey is one of the least complete abbeys in the area (Dundrennan, Sweetheart), but it is still interesting. The best thing about our visit was the flowers growing in profusion on the ruins. Even though we visited during Historic Scotland posted hours, there was...More

Thank Bob J
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Drove along the scenic coast to Glenluce; arrived at the abbey only to find it closed in winter. Tbh I'm not sure I'd have paid the £4.50 entrance fee anyway as it's only a small abbey and not sure it would've taken long to walk...More

Thank CazzaMLeeds
Reviewed 20 January 2017

There is little to see apart from the ruins, the scenery around the area is excellent. Theee are no facilities for very young children at all. There are beaches close by, if you go down to the Wigtowshire Golf club, just down the path there...More

Thank Rosieratbag
Reviewed 20 December 2016

The abbey is historically interesting and it is worth getting the lit on it. It stands in a beautiful setting, with trails leading from it.

Thank gavScotland_Portugal
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