Paisley Abbey, Inverclyde
Just West of Glasgow is the timeless Paisley Abbey – one of the finest in Southern Scotland. Overlooking the river like a giant sentinel, Paisley Abbey is an awesome sight. Inside, the stonework gives a chilly embrace and you feel as though you’ve passed through a portal to another age.
The abbey was founded in 1163 by Walter Fitzallan, the first high steward of Scotland and ancestor if the Stuart dynasty. It was damaged by fire during the Wars of Independence in 1306, but rebuilt soon after. Most of the nave is 14th or 15th century. The building was a ruin from the 16th century until the 19th century restoration, not completed until 1928. There are two Royal tombs in the abbey, excellent stained-glass windows and the 10th century Celtic Barochan Cross.
Paisley Abbey is a must see on your tours of Scotland.