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“Peace!”
Review of Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey
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Owner description: 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.
Kent, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Peace!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Glenluce abbey is a little ruined gem, tucked away in the countryside. Peace, quiet, just the birdsong.
It is a ruin, but there are some interesting carved stone bosses in the chapter house - grotesques, jokey, heraldic. Great fun!
We found it open at the time in the guide - maybe others were unlucky

Visited May 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“ancient”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

i love old things and this is no exception, to think someone built this many years ago is difficult to comprehend even with it standing before you.

Visited April 2013
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Thank oowweenn
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Kelso, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Interesting side trip”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

The warden was most enthusiastic and helpful. Good presentation of exhibits. Site plan was easy to understand.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Isobel N
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Peebles
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Special peace and tranquility”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

We visited on a day when there was no curator so the museum wasn't open, but it was beatiful, peaceful and tranquil to walk around the abbey in such a nice setting. The access road is quite busy and narrow, so watch out for other traffic.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank glentressgiant
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Scotland/Portugal
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232 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Lovely abbey”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

This is a lovely abbey, with gardens to wander in. Tranquil and beautiful. From the carpark, there is eady access to the Southern Upland Way, for those wishing to walk a bit.

Visited May 2012
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