After being covered in scaffolding for a few years, we are pleased to let you know that Historic Environment Scotland have opened the grounds of Crossraguel Abbey. There are still high-level masonry works that need to be carried out and as a result, the ruins themselves are behind a fence and inaccessible to the public.
However, the grounds are accessible for free Thursdays to Sundays 9.30am-5.30pm. Visitors can get as close to the abbey as safety will allow.
The masonry works are due to be carried out this summer and it is hoped that more of the abbey will become accessible as the year progresses. In the future, it is hoped that The Carrick History Society will work with Historic Environment Scotland to create some interpretation of the ruins so that visitors to the site can learn more of the abbey history despite not having access to them.
Carrick History Society thanks Historic Environment Scotland, MSP Elena Whitham and Sheena Mills for their communication and updates on this subject.
For further updates please visit Crossraguel Abbey at Historic Environment Scotland’s website.
Simon Glendenning April 2023