Founded in 1192 by Roland, Earl of Galloway the magnificent ruins of this Cistercian Abbey are some of the best preserved in Scotland.
Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to this site. Find out more about our conservation work
A fantastic example of a well-preserved fragment of 13th century Cistercian church architecture, Glenluce Abbey occupies a site of great natural beauty in the tranquil and secluded valley of the Water of Luce. The remains include an impressive early 16th century chapter house and a museum of monastic life showcasing the fascinating collection of artefacts found during clearance work. The cloister is less well preserved but the overall layout of the domestic quarters can be followed. Over the years the abbey's historic visitors have included Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. Follow in their footsteps as you explore the ruins and the thought provoking setting.
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.