Crossraguel Abbey, South Ayrshire
Built in 1244 one of the few Cluniac settlements in Scotland. Founded by the Earl of Carrick. The extensive abbey remains are of high architectural distinction.
The origin of the abbey's name is unclear but may refer 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.
Crossraguel 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.
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 site is looked after by Historic Scotland and is open to the public with an entrance charge.
The Ayrshire Pilgrims' Trail - Slighe nan luchd-turasaiche siorrachd Inbhir Air
The Ayrshire Pilgrims' Trail is a long-distance route following the historic trail to Whithorn in Galloway. Crossraguel Abbey is at the heart of The Ayrshire Pilgrims' Trail.
The Ayrshire Pilgrims' Trail (3,179KB)