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Kinloss Abbey Trust

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Kinloss Abbey Trust is working urgently to save the historically significant 16th Century Abbot's House from imminent collapse. Please help us achieve this before it is lost forever.
Kinloss Abbey was the largest Cistercian Abbey in the north of Scotland. The Abbey stands in a picturesque setting, approximately 3 miles east of the town of Forres. Kinloss Abbey was founded in 1150 and is still used as a burial ground today.
The 16th Century Abbot's House at the Abbey was a magnificent building, designed in the form of a round tower with Robert Reid's coat of arms above the door. Robert Reid was appointed Abbot of Kinloss Abbey in 1528, and in death he endowed what was to become the University of Edinburgh.

The Abbot's House is now acutely at risk from imminent collapse. Sadly, this means that the public cannot currently access the site of the House, although other parts of the Abbey are accessible to visitors. 

Neither the Kinloss Abbey Trust nor The Moray Council can secure the Abbot's House alone. The Trust is therefore working with the Council to secure funding to save the Abbot's House. It's a huge task, requiring specialist advice from our contracted experts. 

The Kinloss Abbey Trust was created in 2003 as the development of the Kinloss Abbey Working Group put together in the summer of 2002 by The Moray Council. The group was formed to look at ways to promote public and academic education of this important site, to look at the condition of the Abbey ruins and to consider ways to preserve the monument for posterity. It was quickly apparent that urgent work was required to prevent the Abbot's House from further decay, and this has become one of the main focuses for the Trust and The Moray Council. 

Visitors are welcome all year round and there are information boards provided on site. The Trust can also provide guided tours and you can contact us through our website or our Facebook page.

There are general members of the Trust known as the ‘Friends of Kinloss Abbey’. This is open to anyone, and details are on the Friends Page of our website at
You can pay through this mydonate page if you wish. One-off donations are also welcome. 

Whether you are donating to become a friend or as a one-off donation, quite simply without your help we cannot do this work. Thank you.

Charity No: SC034263

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