A lovely place to visit on a sunny day and we were blessed with glorious, if chilly, weather; the strong sunlight making the abbey shine and providing some incredible contrasts and shadows. The Abbey itself has benefitted from its facelift and the interior with its new floor and clean stonework is light, airy and very peaceful. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel was closed for refurbishment but it was still possible to see the incredible stained glass windows – absolutely breathtaking. To sample the calmer moments of this lovely place the later afternoon is probably the best. By then it seems that the tour coaches have moved on and the precincts become quieter. By the same token the Grange restaurant is a lovely place to sit for afternoon tea and admire the recently completed mural of the building of the abbey.
On the secular side there is plenty available for even the most serious of shoppers – even the chance to stock up on the famous ‘Buckie’ (I resisted temptation!).
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