Historic Scotland

Opening times

There is restricted access due to conservation works.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Thurs and Fri, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

Facilities

 

Overview

Discover the tale of devotion behind the abbey’s evocative name. Monks named it Dulce Cor in memory of Lady Dervorgilla, who founded the abbey in tribute to her beloved husband, John Balliol.

What to see and do

  • Admire the remarkably complete abbey church, still doing its best to inspire and overawe 700 years on
  • Look up at the mighty precinct wall of massive granite boulders – it ranks alongside the wall at St Andrews Cathedral
  • See Lady Dervorgilla’s stone effigy, a late 16th-century copy of the original destroyed at the Protestant Reformation

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