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Crossraguel Abbey

A77, Maybole KA19 5HQ, Scotland
+44 1655 883113
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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. 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. Open summer only.
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A77, Maybole KA19 5HQ, Scotland
+44 1655 883113

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to Helen for the great introduction here. My wife and I loved exploring this place. The poor abbot being roasted over the fire!! I have never in my life experienced a room so full of echo. Not a sound escapes. Thanks also to Fats...More

Thank Amac72
Reviewed 2 August 2017

A great abbey worth a look and a wander. Lots of signs and boards to keep you informed. You can go up 1 tower where you will find stones and a model of a monks cottage. There is the oldest dovecot in Scotland, cloisters and...More

Thank GlasgowWinenut
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We visited on a cold, rainy, windy day, and it was great. It was the first ruined abbey we'd seen on our trip, and it was awesome. I don't think it gets many visitors. Staff was very helpful. There's a tower where you can climb...More

Thank wowziewoo
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

First and foremost in my opinion, the Abbey is certainly worth the visit. It is very easy to find just off the main A77 road south of Maybole and has Car parking at the entrance to the Abbey. The Historic Scotland member (Paul) at the...More

Thank Mischka1954
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We visited with our four children and despite the major remedial works that are ongoing we all thoroughly enjoyed our time. The area to explore is expansive and lots to see and appreciate and we happily spent a couple of hours exploring and the kids...More

Thank AnneBury
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Full of character and so much to see in the remains of this Abbey. Well worth the visit for the acoustics in the intact chapter house alone.

Thank George M
Reviewed 11 February 2017

There are works going on here at the minute with lots of scaffolding so you will need to bear that in mind,however-this is a very beautiful set of ruins of the old abbey. It is quite a large site and has a lot of interesting...More

Thank DSP34
Reviewed 24 December 2016

We were able to look around the walls, although there were extensive refurbishment works underway. We were staying at Culzean, and followed up on the historical links between the two places.

Thank michieg121
Reviewed 31 October 2016

A must see, full of history and wonder and a little imagination of what this wonderful place would have looked like. The man who worked in the Visitor Centre was very helpful that's when we became members. No looking back after that. Well worth the...More

Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful site stunning location and an amazing building. You can feel the history seeping from its walls. Nice to see restoration work in progress to preserve this wonderful site. Great photographic opportunity awaits all who visit.

Thank Pauline M
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