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Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey, a former Cistercian building, lies a couple of miles or so from the village of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway. It is yet another historic site in the region.

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Ruins


Outbuildings, Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Outbuildings

Part of Abbey:-

Part of Glenluce Abbey, Glenluce

This view shows the rebuilt cloister:-

Glenluce Abbey

Which you can also see below:-

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Ruins, Glenluce Abbey

Showing Abbot’s “House.” That small buiding to the centre right. It’s tiny inside and he’s supposed to have slept upstairs. The floors have gone and there’s no sign of stairs. He must have needed a ladder.



Glenluce Abbey, Arches

Night stair:-

Night Stair, Glenluce Abbey

Window in arch. Note flower growing from bottom left corner:-

Window, Glenluce Abbey

There were plants “climbing” the walls:-

Flwering Plants, Glenluce Abbey

Torrhouse Stone Circle, Dumfries and Galloway

Stone circles aren’t something I associated with Dumfries and Galloway. I think of them more as an up north, Western Isles and Orkney sort of thing.

But here this one was on the road between Kirkcowan and Wigtown. Torrhouse stone Circle is a Bronze Age monument.

Torrhouse Stone Circle

Torhouse  stone circle

Here are three of the stones and a local farm animal, not to mention a tree shaped like a lollipop:-

Torhouse  stone circle three stones + lollipop tree

Happy Halloween

As no-one ever says round here. (And we Scots invented the damn thing.)

Cheshire Cat galaxy group

The picture above is from Astronomy Picture of the Day for 26/10/2019. It’s a photo of the Cheshire Cat galaxy group – the image is an example of gravitational lensing – but it looks to me more like a Halloween lantern.

Ignore most of the pictures in that lantern link.

A Halloween lantern should never be made from a pumpkin unless you’re North American. Emigrants to that continent adapted one of its native plants to the purpose.

In these islands – well the Scottish and Northern Irish parts anyway, where the tradition continues largely unchanged to this day and from which it was exported with those emigrants before being altered in its new setting – the only proper Halloween lantern is one cut out of a turnip (which our Sassenach neighbours insist on calling a swede.) A turnip is much harder to carve than a pumpkin.

St Ninian’s Cave

St Ninian’s Cave lies on the shores of Glenluce Bay, Dumfries and Galloway. It is traditionally held to be the place to where St Ninian retreated from Whithorn.

It is still a place of pilgrimage today. On our (long) walk down from the car park we overtook a party of schoolchildren (young teenagers) being escorted to the cave. On our way back they were grouped together – complete with guitars – at the site where the path meets the beach. I assume they were preparing to indulge in hymn singing.

St Ninian’s Cave from beach:-

St Ninian's Cave From Beach

Closer view of cave:-

St Ninian's Cave

Information board at cave entrance:-

St Ninian's info board

Cave interior:-

St Ninian's Cave Interior

There are carved crosses within the cave and other crosses on the hills and cliffs surrounding it:-



Pilgrim's Crosses, St Ninian's Cave

I liked the veining in the rock at this smaller cave nearby:-

Another Small Cave Near St Ninian's Cave

Rispain Camp, Dumfries and Galloway

Rispain Camp was once thought to be the remains of a Roman fort but is in fact much older, an iron age farmstead from the late centuries BC. It was close to the route we took south from Whithorn so we thought we’d pop over to see it.

You have to go up a farm track to get to it and the car park is essentially the farm’s back yard.

There’s not much to see from ground level especially if you visit it on a misty day like we did. The images here show it off better.

Ditch at Rispain Camp:-

Ditch at Rispain Camp

Rispain Camp Ditch

View of Ditch at Rispain Camp

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory was a mediƦval Priory in Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway. The area was once the cradle of Christianity in Scotland but the building is now a ruin.

The bringer of Christianity, St Ninian, died in Whithorn and is thought to have been buried here, the Priory growing up around his shrine.

Remains of Priory from access lane:-

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory

Information board:-

Information Board, Whithorn Priory


Whithorn Priory, Interior

Interior, Whithorn Priory

Carved stone in grounds:-

Carved Stone at Whithorn Priory


Doorway, Whithorn Priory


Whithorn Priory, Detail on Doorway

Exterior ruins:-

Whithorn Priory, Exterior Ruins


And so on our journey through Dumfries and Galloway it was on to Whithorn.

Whithorn has an important place in Scottish history as it was the location of the first Christian Church in Scotland after St Ninian crossed over from Ireland in the year 397 or thereabouts and the ruins of the mediƦval Whithorn Priory stand in the town.

Architecturally Whithorn is a typical small Scottish town with stone built houses. I wasn’t really expecting any Art Deco but it does pop up in unlikely places.

Charles Coid, Butcher:-
There is a hint of eastern influence to this but the date in the cartouche is 1934 – slap bang in deco times – the geometric surround to the proprietor’s name with its mosaic construction and the towered roof line give it the look.

Art Deco Style in Whithorn

What looks like an old Woolworths; now houses “The Whithorn Story”:-

Old Woolworths, Whithorn

Georgian house:-

Georgian House, Whithorn

Memorial plaque to George Dickie, “Jack Brent,” member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War:-

Spanish Civil War Veteran Memorial, Whithorn

Pend leading to Whithorn Priory:-

Pend Leading to Whithorn Priory

The coat of arms above it is the Royal Arms of Scotland:-

Coat of Arms, Whithorn Pend

Priory side of pend:-

Pend in Whithorn, Priory Side

Shutters on pend windows:-

Shutters on Pend Windows, Whithorn

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle is a ruined tower house which lies beside the A 75 a few miles south-east of Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway.

Its car park also doubles as one for the cafe/restaurant which occupies what was once its courtyard:-

Carsluith Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle from side

Carsluith Castle Upper Levels


Carsluith Castle "Battlements"

Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Castle stands on a promontory overlooking the Fleet estuary near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

As I recall there’s quite a steep though short climb from the car park at the side of the road up to the castle.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet

Cardoness Castle


Cardoness Castle Interior

The lintel here makes a good perch!

Cardoness Castle Interior + Bird

Cardoness Castle Ruins

Fleet estuary from top of castle:-

Fleet estuary, Dumfries and Galloway

Gatehouse of Fleet. (I’ve posted pictures of the village before):-

Gatehouse of Fleet

Dundrennan Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey was the place where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland before fleeing over the Solway Firth to England, imprisonment and eventual execution. She didn’t sleep in the Abbey itself but in the commendator’s house in the west range.

Dundrennan Abbey from the car park:-

Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey ruins from side:-

Dundrennan Abbey Ruins From Side

Walls and west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Walls


Dundrennan Abbey, Arches

More Arches, Dundrennan Abbey

Choir screen – now detached and situated in the west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey Choir Screen

Carved graveslab:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Carved Graveslab

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