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Solstice in The Abbey

Wed, 21 June 2023 @ 18:00 - 20:00


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A guided walk around the remains of the largest Cistercian Monastery in the North of Scotland, including the Abbot’s House, which is not usually accessible.

A Short Walk on the Longest Day.

We shall walk and talk our way around Kinloss Abbey, including the Abbot’s House, which is usually locked because of conservation work. Access is over a 3-foot wall. It is easy to assist those with disabilities.  The talk will cover the story of the Foundation in 1150 by David I, its peak under Bishop Robert Reid, just before its decline after the Scottish Reformation in 1560, aided later by Cromwell. The interesting memento mori graveyard and its Commonwealth War Commission graves will be discussed

Kinloss Abbey is a Cistercian abbey at Kinloss in the county of Moray, Scotland. The abbey was founded in 1150 by King David I and was first colonised by monks from Melrose Abbey. It received its Papal Bull from Pope Alexander III in 1174. Robert Reid was its nationally famous abbot in the 16th century just before the Scottish Reformation.​

Event Details

Wed, 21 June 2023
18:00 - 20:00
0.1 miles / 0.16 km
Easy (info)
Dr Timothy Finnegan
Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome
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The nearest loo is in the local pub.


Kinloss Abbey Trust
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Venue / Start

Kinloss Abbey Trust
Forres,MorayIV36 3TLUnited Kingdom

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Meet at the car parking area at the Abbey gate. GR 065613. If approaching from Elgin, turn LEFT at the Brown Tourist Sign, 50 metres before the traffic lights at the junction of the B 9089 and the road to Findhorn, B 9011.

Dogs on leads are welcome.