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“Brilliant if not the biggest Abbey! ”
Review of Crossraguel Abbey

Crossraguel Abbey
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Maybole
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Whilst on a short break in Ayrshire, we utilised my Life Membership to visit this property.
There were lots of different parts of the Abbey to explore. Good views were afforded if you climb up to the various levels in the buildings.
We cut our visit a little short as the weather was getting wet and a tad windy.
On a nice day we would and could have easily spent more time at the Abbey.

Thank Donald M
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Impressive ruins with some parts still being fairly intact for this 13th century Abbey. You can go up the dove tower and into the cloisters and look out for the graves and the detail on the ruins. If you travel south on the A77 from Ayr pass straight through Maybole and afer about 1 1/2 miles you will find the Abbey just off the main road on the left. Think the nearest public transport would be a bus to Maybole then a half hour walk! If your looking for a nice day trip do the Abbey then backtrack to Maybole and head up to Culzean Country Park and Castle for picnic and walk around the grounds. This made for a lovely day out. Entry is about £4.50 unless you have Historic Scotland membership.

Thank jakkinthegroove
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

As the Historic Scotland geezer explained when we arrived, this isn't the biggest or most grand abbey ruin in Scotland, but it's the most complete. He was full of history of the place which was really worth listening to - well done that man!

Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

If you like historic ruins the this place is a must, as other reviewers have said drive to fast you could easily miss it, you won't be disappointed, there is not much around it to spoil the views,
The Abbey was built in around the 13th century, about the only surviving fragment from the 13th century is the south wall of the nave. But it still has some wonderful features the choir, the cloister,
15th-century chapter house is impressive and still has the benches that the monks would have sat on, The Tower house and gatehouse are from the 16th century , there is also their dovecot,

There are not many facilities, a small shop at the admissions and a toilet. there is also a picnic site, and reasonable wheelchair access

Thank SJBScotland
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Cars hurtle past the Abbey but don't join them. Instead pause and revel in a wonderfully maintained relic from a turbulent period in Scottish history. Just to wander around is to take you back to those times. The Abbey is very well preserved and the upkeep is immaculate. Remember it closes in late Sept for the winter but come and see it in the Spring and be amazed

2  Thank Castleman073
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