Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:
Closed

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Overview

Visit the secluded spot where Mary Queen of Scots sheltered during her last hours in Scotland. Now a ruin, the 12th-century abbey was home to a community of Cistercian monks for 400 years.

The peaceful woodland location fitted very much with the Cistercian ideal, described by Abbot Ailred of Rievaulx as: “Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world”.

What to see and do

  • See the north and south transepts, the best-preserved late 12th-century Cistercian architecture in Scotland
  • Admire the graceful architecture of the chapter house – from its elaborate entrance façade to its six finely moulded piers
  • Relax and reflect on the Cistercian ideal amidst the peaceful beauty of this special setting
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