Dundrennan Abbey is situated in the very small
village of Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway
southwest Scotland, 54 miles east of Stranraer, 26 miles
southwest of Dumfries, 6 miles southeast of
The Abbey has a small fee to enter, open from 1st
April to 30th September, 9.30 to 5.30.
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Dundrennan Abbey was a Cistercian monastery
founded in 1142 by Fergus of Galloway, with help from
monks of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. King David I of
Scotland (1124–53) contributed to the build.
The remains of the Abbey are impressive with the
high transepts, stated to be built in Romanesque
architectural style, although there are a number of
Viewing the remains of the Abbey, you will see a
number of features seen in the largest city Gothic
Cathedrals, an incredible building for such a remote
and low populated area.
Dundrennan was the largest Cistercian Abbey in
Dumfries and Galloway, having power over the smaller
Abbey founded in 1191, and Sweetheart Abbey
founded in 1273.
1568 - Mary, Queen of Scots spent her final night
in Scotland at this Abbey, after being forced to
abdicate so her infant son could become king of
Mary, Queen of Scots
left from here to travel to England, where she was
imprisoned and executed in 1587.
Mary had bean accused of murdering her husband
Lord Darnley when living at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, and
trying to overthrow Queen Elizabeth of England after
moving to England.
1560 - during the reformation, John Knox founded
the Church of Scotland under Presbyterian
Protestantism, with the head of these churches being
All Abbey's in Scotland and England were abandoned
around that time as the Reformation prevented
Catholic preaching's based on the Pope in Rome.
The Reformation in England was led by King Henry
VIII from 1534, with the King or Queen being the head
of English churches since.
Much of the stone from the Abbey was used for
buildings in the village of Dundrennan, and the
remains of the Abbey were used to house farm
1842 - the Abbey was taken into state care so the
remains could be preserved to serve as a tourist
Today - Historic Environment Scotland runs the
Abbey with a number ornate grave stones, and carved
stones from the main building on display.
The foundations and remains give the sense of how
large this complex was, at a time people were living
in tiny thatch roofed buildings.