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Glenluce Abbey, Newton Stewart
(3.9/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Glenluce Abbey, near to Glenluce, Scotland, was a Cistercian monastery called also Abbey of Luce or Vallis Lucis and founded around 1190 by Rolland or Lochlann, Lord of Galloway and Constable of Scotland. Following the Scottish Reformation in 1560, the abbey fell into disuse.Glenluce and the Kennedy familyGilbert, Earl of Cassillis obtained control of Glenluce during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The Earl persuaded one of the monks of the abbey to counterfeit the necessary signatures to a deed conveying the lands of the abbey to him and his heirs. To ensure that the forgery was not discovered he employed a man to murder the monk and then persuaded his uncle, the laird of Bargany to hang his paid assassin on a trumped up charge of theft. The success of these actions encouraged him to obtain the lands of Crossraguel Abbey through the torturing of Allan Stewart, the commendator at his castle of Dunure.
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  • The Abbey was founded in the 12th century. It visited the reigning persons of Scotland (Mary, Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, etc.). During the Reformation, it was abolished. The building gradually collapsed. Now you can explore the ruins. Officially, the Abbey is open only in summer, but in October can all easily view. There are some small museum facility, which was closed, but the rest can be easily seen. Around the picturesque surroundings. Next to the Abbey of large outdoor free parking. It seems to me that there is no public transport.
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  • It was a beautiful day when we arrived at the Abbey - which was closed for the Winter. This did not prevent me from getting some superb photographs - it's different in every season. This Abbey may not...  more »
  • This is a great little Abby with fantastic choir room and great examples of water ducts. Really beautiful setting for a weeding but they have stopped that service recently. A little of the beaten trac...  more »
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  • A very interesting 12th Century abbey. Only open in summer.
  • Wow what a place a photographers dream. The chapel is amazing the atmosphere feels like your back in time with the monks simply fabulous. Well kept and worth a visit