Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey

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#6 of 25 in Historic Sites in Dumfries and Galloway
A 13th-century Cistercian monastery now in ruins, Sweetheart Abbey nevertheless testifies to the romantic story behind its founding. In 1275 the abbey was built in honor of the late John Balliol by his widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway. Upon Dervorguilla's death, her husband's embalmed heart was buried alongside her in a silver casket, and the abbey was renamed for this act of love. Walk the grounds and view the remains of the abbey, keeping an eye out for the stone effigy of Lady Dervorgilla in the south transept--a 16th-century replica of the original. The precinct wall of massive marble boulders ranks among the most complete in Scotland. Put Sweetheart Abbey on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our New Abbey tourist route planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    The caretaker was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and welcoming! The history and architecture is worth a visit!  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Visited this beautiful Abbey, having wanted to do so for too many years and found it bigger than I'd imagined. It was a lovely day with few other visitors and there was a wonderful atmosphere. This Ab...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Was driving from Southerness to Dumfries and stopped on a whim. The Abbey is set right next to the main road and has a decent sized car park. There is an entrance fee. We bought the guide book for £2....  more »
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  • Lovely place in a quiet village setting. I've been going there many years and it's always great
  • Lovely walk round and a really cute quaint tea room next door. Loved the visit and the banter with the women running the tea rooms. Worth the trip.
  • Absolutely stunning ruin, one of the best I've seen and the atmosphere on a quiet day is quite moving.
  • Nice quiet place to stop and think. The surroundings are also nice.
  • Nice place to visit. The entrance fee is £4.50, which is a bit too steep for what is a short nimble around the ruins of the Abbey. Yes there are some placards which tells you what's what but the whole thing was covered in about 30mins. In my opinion £2 would be more appropriate.

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