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Glenluce Abbey

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Tom H wrote a review Aug 2019
56 contributions19 helpful votes
This is a medieval gem, and a surprising treat. There are some wonderful carvings in the cloister and chapter house, including lots of green men. The partially recreated cloister gives a good impression of how this part of the abbey might have looked in its heyday, and the excellent interpretation panels around the site help explain the rest. It's definitely worth going on the days when the museum is open as there are some fascinating artefacts in there and it helps to appreciate the whole site. The displays are a bit dated in there, but can be excused as it's quite charming in its way, though an update would be great in future. There was a warm and helpful welcome to the museum and site, perhaps a more obvious sign to lead you in there from the car park would help, but you'll find it on the right as you walk up the path. Have a check on their website for the days when the museum part is open - at the time of writing it's only Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. When the museum is closed so is the spectacular Chapter House in the abbey. Aside from the wonderful stone carvings in the chapter house, the acoustics are magnificent with a great echo. Next time I go, I'll take a softer pipe and play a few tunes in there to see how it sounds. Medieval monasteries as good as this are few and far between in Scotland and it's well worth the trip out to see this one.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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evlynwright wrote a review Aug 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom19 contributions8 helpful votes
This is an accessible ruin which is so peaceful to visit. There is seating around about and picnic areas. The chapter house has the most wonderful accoustics. Chapter house only open on Sunday, Monday and tuesdays though the rest of the abbey is open all week. The visitors centre has an exhibition about the life of the abbey
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Moira C wrote a review Aug 2019
Dundee7 contributions9 helpful votes
We found this lovely Abby just off the A75 to Stranraer. There’s enough of it left to allow your imagination to create the rest with a wee bit of a nudge from the helpful info plaques around the site. It must have been quite a hive of activity with a beautiful church at it’s height. A great wee detour in a rainy day - worth a visit.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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kwiewiorowski wrote a review Aug 2019
Poznan, Poland1,890 contributions269 helpful votes
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In Winter, when we were there, the Abbey is deserted and access was free. The scenery was great with sunshine and sheep around the Abbey. Plaques tell you most of what there is to know about monastic life and the Abbey history. After visiting the Abbey you may as well pop into the village of Glenluce for tea or coffee.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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DJRangoon wrote a review Jul 2019
Globetrotter UK119 contributions59 helpful votes
A very quiet and peaceful location. Founded by Lord of Galloway about 1192 for a community of Cistercian Monks. The Abbey ruins are interesting to walk around and the grounds are very well kept. There is a small exhibition including artefacts in the museum building. The Chapter House with its "acoustics", stone benches, Abbot's elaborate carved Seat, decorated doorway, together with original floor tiles around the central pillar complete with 'paw' and 'finger' prints - are all not to be missed. Dogs on lead welcomed.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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