Crossraguel Abbey

Maybole, United Kingdom

The Abbey of Saint Mary of Crossraguel is a ruin of a former abbey near the town of Maybole, South Ayrshire. Although it is a ruin, visitors can still see the original monks’ church, their cloister and their dovecot (pigeon tower).

Crossraguel abbey was founded in 1244 by Donnchadh, Earl of Carrick. It was sacked in 1307 by the army of Edward I. It was rebuilt on a larger scale and remained a monastery until 1560, when the Reformation ended monastic institutions in Scotland. However, the few remaining monks were allowed to live out their time there until the last monk died in 1601. Some of the stone has been removed for local construction, but the Abbey ruins remain some of the most complete of any medieval religious house to survive in Scotland.

The origin of the abbey's name refers to the ancient Cross of Riaghail (Latin form St Regulus) that stood on the spot. Crossraguel was a Cluniac abbey and the monks - members of a branch of the Benedictines - were known as the 'Black monks' after the colour of their clothes.



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Maybole, United Kingdom
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Founded: 1244
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Red Fox (10 months ago)
Beautiful ruins but nothing much more
Scott Taylor (11 months ago)
Beautiful abbey So much history
Hitman H (12 months ago)
It was recommended as in the top 10 attractions in the area. But sadly this year 2022 Historic Scotland have shut all of their sites, so there was no access. And I do mean shut, with herris fencing all around the Abbey. Tbh, I was really disappointed.
nicola wilson (4 years ago)
Brilliant place and caretaker of abbey was so helpful and friendly. Had loads of information and made our visit thoroughly enjoyable
Laura Ainslie (4 years ago)
Great historical site. Ruins of the Abbey are much bigger and in better condition than other places I've visited. Lots of rooms still intact that the public has access to. Great use of information boards and plaques. The chap with the beard (Paul, I think) who sold us our tickets in the ticket booth was very friendly and talkative. Dogs are welcomed too!
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