The Cistercian abbey was founded in 1129 by Roland, Earl of Galloway near Glenluce and the river Water of Luce.
Glenluce Abbey occupies a site of great natural beauty in the tranquil and secluded valley of the Water of Luce. The remains include an impressive early 16th century chapter house and a museum of monastic life showcasing the fascinating collection of artefacts found during clearance work. The cloister is less well preserved but the overall layout of the domestic quarters can be followed. Over the years the abbey’s historic visitors have included Robert
the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots.
Monastic life lasted for about 400 years until the Protestant Reformation of 1560, it isn´t quite clear what happened to the monks afterwards. It is said that only the monks who accepted the new doctrines were allowed to stay, the last one died 1602.
Over the following 300 years the abbey remains deteriorated through the forces of nature and through their use as a quarry for nearby building projects. Glenluce Abbey passed into State care in 1933 and is today looked after by Historic Environment Scotland.