Founded in the early 13th century by the Earl of Carrick, the remains Crossraguel Abbey sit just a few miles south of Ayr on Scotland’s west coast.
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Although a ruin, the Crossraguel Abbey is still complete with the original monks’ church, their cloister and even their dovecot (pigeon tower). Fine architectural details from the 15th century can still be seen within the ruins with the chapter house still standing complete with benches for the monks and an arched seat for the abbot.
The early form of the abbey's name suggests it meant the Cross of Riaghail and referred to a great standing Cross.
Most of the site is accessible but with the curved, narrow entrance to the sacristy and steep, winding stairs leading to the gatehouse make these areas unsuitable for visitors with limited mobility. All parts of the grounds are accessible to visitors using wheelchairs.
The car park is at the east end of the site, close to the entrance and the custodian's office.
Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/check-for-closures/. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.