Pretty village with historical connections & interesting local abbey
From Whithorn the A747 heads west to meet the coast and then runs northwest along the east shore of Luce Bay for 15 miles till it meets the A75 at the pretty little village of Glenluce. Two miles north of the village, signposted off the A75, is Glenluce Abbey, founded in 1192 by Roland, Earl of Galloway for the Cistercian order. The remains, set in a beautiful and peaceful valley, include a handsome early 16th-century Chapter House with a vaulted ceiling noted for its excellent acoustics.
The abbey was visited by Robert the Bruce, James IV and, you guessed it, Mary, Queen of Scots. It was also the home of the 13th-century wizard and alchemist, Michael Scott, who appears in Dante's Inferno and who, according to legend, cast a spell on King Arthur and his knights and sent them to sleep under the Eildon Hills overlooking Melrose. Info: Apr-Oct 0930-1830; Oct-Mar Sat 0930-1630, Sun 1400-1630, £1.80, £1.30 concession.