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Pluscarden Abbey is the home of a Benedictine order of monks. In the 66 years since the order returned to the Abbey in 1947, two thirds of the ivy clad ruin has been restored to its formal glory. This has been a quite remarkable achievement. The monks now feel strongly that it is incumbent upon them to complete the task laid out by architect Ian Lindsay in 1948. To that end the South Range will be re-built starting in late 2017 or early 2018 depending on the fundraising progress. The new plans have been drawn up by architect Philip Mercer and all that is required now is the tidy sum of £10 million.

For the monks, the whole purpose of the Abbey is to provide an environment for prayer and worship to which they have dedicated their lives. The facts that this environment is also a unique historical site and an area of outstanding beauty certainly make it a treasure of Scottish cultural heritage. One of the biggest projects of its kind ever seen in Moray, it will provide spiritual comfort for those on retreat, access to research material never before made available to the public, religious training and understanding as well as traditional skills courses and a must see on the Moray heritage trail of Spynie Palace and Elgin Cathedral.

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