Dundrennan Abbey

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Dundrennan Abbey
4.5
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David H
Edinburgh, UK36 contributions
A Beautiful Site to Visit.
Jun. 2021
I enjoy visiting abbeys and trying to imagine what it must have been like for the original inhabitants all those centuries ago. Why did they choose such a location for their abbey? How did they build it? What personal experiences made them live in such a place? Often my thoughts are interrupted by the buzz of traffic or the sound of voices from a distance.
My visit to Dundrennan was very pleasant. I had booked though Historic Scotland and after a wait was welcomed onto the site. The location is attractive in a valley surrounded by fields and there are plenty of interesting angles to admire and appreciate the different elements of the building. Everything was well explained and I found myself drifting round, taking pictures and enjoying every aspect of my visit.
Written July 10, 2021
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Pinkthery
Newton-Le-Willows, UK82 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Jul. 2021 • Family
A very well maintained site with the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey, nestled in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries and Galloway.
Very welcoming and well informed staff.
We had the site to ourselves and it was such a privilege.
Highly recommended.
Written July 7, 2021
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Hungry-sailor86
San Fernando La Union, Philippines330 contributions
closed due to covid?!?
Aug. 2020 • Friends
another historic site under historic scotland which is closed without any logical reason seeing as it is an outdoor venue and we are being encouraged to have staycations... shameful!
a ruined cistercian abbey sanctified in 1142 in the reign of david the first of scotland and defunct in the 1600s
it is grey sandstone and the ruins have survived well the passing of time and stand tall and impressive in the little village of dundrennan.
Mary, Queen of Scots, spent her final night in Scotland here in 1568.
Written August 1, 2020
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Lin S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands45 contributions
Can be visited in Winter
Jan. 2020
There is a bus service from Dalbeattie if you don't have a car.
Although open from April, it is possible to view most of the ruins from the car park when visiting out of season.
There are no shops or cafes open until the Summer, but lots of scenery and other villages in the area.
Written January 19, 2020
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Shanghailiz
Nether Wallop, UK141 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Dec. 2019 • Couples
A very picturesque abbey in the small village of Dundrennan. You can see most of it from the road/small car park - but it is good to walk around the ruins and soak up some atmosphere. It’s very photogenic - we took lots of super photos!
It is closed from Oct to Mar, but most of it is very visible from the small car park, and from the road.
Founded by Cistercian monks in the 12th century, it was the place where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours on Scottish soil.
Written December 30, 2019
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Paula Y
12 contributions
See history literally written in stone at this lovely ruined abbey (April to end September)
Sep. 2019
Like abbeys? Like history? Like architecture? Like a peaceful, stunning setting and expert guides who obviously just adore the sites they're looking after? Want to learn more about some of the important figures and events connected with Dundrennan Abbey, like Mary Queen of Scots and the Magna Carta?

It is a little off the main tourist trail, but this is worth making a trip for. It's a stunning ruined abbey (Cistercian) in a beautiful location. Masses of important historical events; wonderful way to look into the past - and Glyn was tremendous; he really knows his buildings, his history, and this site. He said he loves to make the stones sing, and they really did. With a background in building, Glyn offered some really practical insights into theories of why the architects and master masons and their teams probably made some of the decisions they did - he's also the groundsman, and the grounds were so well cared-for; you could really see the beauty of the abbey. Honestly, take a trip - you won't be sorry.
Written October 4, 2019
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scott1barden
Bristol, UK150 contributions
Excellent ruined abbey
Sep. 2019
Excellent Abbey in beautiful countryside. Glyn is an excellent and enthusiastic Staff and guide who will tell you more about the abbey than what is given to you through the abbey ground signage.
Written September 23, 2019
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,406 contributions
Lovely location
Jul. 2019
This abbey is sited in a lovely location. The site is more extensive than many abbeys. The church would have been huge. Limited interpretation. Some of the stonework is very stylish
Written September 10, 2019
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glynles
england19 contributions
Witty, well informed and beautifully peaceful
Sep. 2019
Visit to Dundrennan Abbey was pure joy.
The steward, Glyn, knows this place inside out and I certainly learned more than had I just read the guide book.
The place came alive for us.
He is passionate and obviously loves this abbey.
If only school history had been this good 🤗
Written September 10, 2019
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WorldwideRover007
United States2,482 contributions
Expensive, Disappointing due to lack of signage
Aug. 2019 • Couples
This has such amazing potential but the price per person was quite expensive. Parking is free. You can actually see the majority of the site from the entrance gate. There is hardly any signage describing anything either which is a shame.
Written September 6, 2019
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