was first built in the 12th century. The medieval site is steeped in
history—it’s even said Sir William Wallace was educated here. But it’s the
abbey’s more recent architectural details that are responsible for drawing
sci-fi fans to the site.
In 1991, the abbey underwent some necessary restoration
work. Twelve of its 13 gargoyles were so badly ruined from water damage they
had to be removed. The work was carried out by an Edinburgh-based stone masonry
company, which replaced the carvings with newer models.