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"Sweetheart Abbey" Top 5 Page for this destination Dumfries and Galloway Things to Do Tip by nickandchris

Dumfries and Galloway Things to Do: 126 reviews and 228 photos

  Impressive ruins
by nickandchris

The impressive remains of the 13th c. Cistercian Abbey are found in New Abbey, 5miles south of Dumfries. It was founded by Devorgilla, Lady of Galloway, in 1273, in memory of her late husband, John Balliol. Also the founder of Balliol college at Oxford University. (Of interest to us as our son had started Magdelen College (Oxford) in October.
The grave is in the abbey ruins.
New Mill Pow is a small river powering the mill and is one of the reasons for the Abbey's existence. Small boats were able to navigate the river almost as far as the village.

We enjoyed wandering around the ruins. Very impressive pillars and columns.

Address: New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway
Directions: Drive through the village and you can't miss it. By the car park.
othercontact: Historic Scotland
Phone: 01387 280 397

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 31, 2005
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