Dundrennan Abbey, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Splendid Dundrennan Abbey features the ruins of a Cistercian monastery built in the Romanesque architectural style in the 12th century.
As you know I like to find places on the online maps and Dundrennan Abbey was quite hard to discover from its name and you might care to use the postcode which I think is DG6 4QH. Entering this in both Bing and Google takes you to a location on the A711 and just to the right you can discern a car park and beyond that the ruins of the Abbey. The satellite image in neither map is particularly detailed, although it does enable you to see the area and to see your route from the map section. If you have difficulty, Dundrennan Abbey is located near the village of Dundrennan on the A711 not far from Kirkcudbright.
The Abbey has had a very interesting and colourful history and I particularly hoped that the PDF document below from Historic Scotland would download although I had difficulty in obtaining it from the website. Tantalisingly, some of pages would appear from the document when I refreshed the page but I was unable, in the time that I wrote this article, to see and download the full document. You will note that there is a link to Historic Scotland above the PDF document but a search of that page to find a download link did not prove successful. However, Historic Scotland manage the site and that link will give you details of the location, admission prices, and opening times for the Abbey.
In addition, if you look through the remaining links you can gather a lot of information about the Abbey and its royal connections and history and also details to help you plan your visit.
The Flickr page is also worth a visit as it is worth scrolling down and taking in some of the photographs. I think it is true to say that, from this page, you will be able to see all aspects of the Abbey from just about every angle and in most lighting conditions. Take a little time to look through the photographs as some of them are really exceptional. Note that, in particular, the Abbey is very photogenic and I have also included it from the Photographers Resource.
The YouTube link should also be approached with a little time in hand to look through the videos as these, too, are quite exceptional and are well worth seeing and will give you an excellent idea of what to expect when you visit. The area around the Abbey, incidentally, is an excellent one for touring either on foot, by bicycle or even by car.
If you live in Scotland then visiting the Abbey is, perhaps, a little easier otherwise it may well be worth thinking of taking a holiday in the area. The whole county abounds with hotels, B&Bs and rented accommodation as well as camping sites and a search on the Internet will soon reveal them to you.
So far as I know, the information given on this website is correct when it was written but please ensure you check carefully before you set out. If you visit the Abbey or the area and take photographs or videos please feel free to leave a link below for the benefit of other visitors along with your comments. If you are able to obtain the PDF document referred to above I would be very interested to hear your views on it.
Welcome to Scotland Dundrennan Abbey page
Historic Scotland – PDF document
Dundrennan Abbey – A Personal Tour
Mary, Queen of Scots
Photo copyright David Hawgood