Saddell Abbey Ruins

Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom

Saddell Abbey was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1207 by Ragnall, son of Somairle mac Gille Brigte. It was established by monks from Mellifont Abbey in Ireland. Very little is known about the abbey and its history. It probably enjoyed several centuries of good monastic life, but by the reign of James IV of Scotland monastic life had apparently disappeared. It was proposed to the Pope that the bishopric of Argyll should be moved from Lismore to Saddell as the former was in ruins.



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Founded: 1207
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom


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Andy Thomson (3 years ago)
lovely beach fir walking dog drove past entrance as didnt realise u had to go to castle fr entrance to beach ..peace and quiet with a lovely view
Lynn Richardson (3 years ago)
If you want to sit on a quiet beach and listen to mother nature breathing in and out. This is the place for you.
Babe Root (3 years ago)
Where Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, and The Campbeltown Pipe Band...filmed the famous video, "Mull Of Kintyre", from 1977. What a splendid track. It will always be in the hearts of those who love The Beatles, Wings, The Bagpipes, and of course...Scotland. I am from, and live in Texas, and am of Scotch/Irish descent...and this song...sends courses of emotion through my soul...that longs to know, who and how my ancestors lived. God bless...the Scotch/Irish. (And Paul, Linda, and Denny). ❤
Matt Huntley (5 years ago)
What can I say except the place is amazing, stayed here with my family and friends and already looking forward to our next stay. Set in a beautiful location, the ideal place to relax and unwind
Eddie Ford (6 years ago)
Came here for a wedding in November, it's a very tranquil Scenic little place. We stayed in the Cottage which was right next to "the grip", which is really a pleasure to stay in. As there is no WI-Fi or TV, it really is a chance to really get away from it all. As expected it was all very clean and tidy, beds were comfortable. Extra (wool) blankets, pillows, sheets etc etc were all freely available, so no chance of getting cold in bed. The beach and the rest of the castle grounds are definitely worth exploring as well as rest of the area as everywhere you look looks like a scene from a movie or postcard. In conclusion I would come here again as you can properly chill out.
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