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Glenluce Abbey

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Interesting detour on a rainy day

We found this lovely Abby just off the A75 to Stranraer. There’s enough of it left to allow your... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2019
Moira C
Good any time

In Winter, when we were there, the Abbey is deserted and access was free. The scenery was great... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2019
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Tom H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank evlynwright
Reviewed August 6, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Moira C
Reviewed August 2, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kwiewiorowski
Reviewed July 13, 2019

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....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank DJRangoon
Reviewed June 7, 2019

We arrived close to closing time , to find no one to take our entrance fee . None of the periphery items were , therefore , open . Interesting , but not unusual , and small . In a peaceful setting , and semi surrounded...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Michael C
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Like most abbeys it is situated in a lovely location and nice to wander around. Not a lot to see within the abbey grounds but our visit was curtailed by very heavy rain. Nice villages nearby.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Greecophile
Reviewed December 22, 2018

We visited on a warm summer day to find the chapter house and museum shut. There was no one to pay the admittance fee too so we wandered around the ruins. There are lots of information panels and as we were the only visitors it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 938fjg
Reviewed September 29, 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
Thank bluelizard
Reviewed September 26, 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
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