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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Very well preserved 15th century chapter house
Much of the abbey was reduced to foundation level after the Reformation, but the wonderful 15th century chapter house is almost complete, and boasts its original floor tiles and some lovely vaulting decorated with carved boses. One feature that has survived very well is the monastic water supply, made with clay and lead pipes, and built with inspection chambers, which are now open, exposing the original medieval plumbing. The south transept of the church and part of the presbytery still survive, but most of the domestic buildings ranged around the cloister have been reduced to little more than foundations.
There are several very well preserved grave slabs in the abey ruins. In the north transept of the church is a slab inscribed to Robert Gordon of Lochinvar (d. 1548). In the abbey museum is a fragment of an 11th century slab carved with the outline of a Greek cross.
The main feature of interest apart from the chapter house, is the wonderful setting in a green and secluded valley. It really gives you some sense of what life must have been like for the monks who lived here so long ago.
Glenluce is in the care of Historic Scotland and is usually open daily from Spring through the end of September.
About Glenluce Abbey
Address: Glenluce, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG8 0AF
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: On a minor road 2 miles north west of Glenluce village, off the A75. Well signposted.
Website: Glenluce Abbey
Phone: 01557 331 856
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