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Overview

Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at this ruined medieval abbey, set in tree-fringed pastures. See original paintwork and hear your voice echo in the medieval chapter house, and find the effigy of a murdered abbot, with his executed assassin at his feet. Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours in Scotland here in May 1568, after the disastrous Battle of Langside.

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
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the abbey. Available on site
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Opening times

The abbey is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

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