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On Wednesday, while Arthur was at nursery, Kester and I decided to blow away the cobwebs by taking a stroll around Dundrennan Abbey.

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Originally Cistercian – though I think probably adopted and further ornamented by other, less austere, orders later – it was set up by monks from Yorkshire’s Riveaulx Abbey at the behest of a local landowner.

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As well as being a gorgeous ruin, with some surprisingly intact areas, its chief claim to fame is an association with Mary Queen of Scots. Dundrennan is the place where she spent her last few hours in Scotland.

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Amusingly there is a padlock on the elaborate iron gates (it is a Historic Scotland property) but the Abbey is completely open at various points due to its being a ruin, so the padlock is somewhat superfluous!