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New Abbey and Beeswing

New Abbey is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. It is around 8 miles (13 km) south-west of Dumfries. The summit of the prominent hill Criffel is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the south.

The village has a wealth of history including the ruined Cistercian abbey Sweetheart Abbey, founded by Lady Devorgilla in 1273 to commemorate the death of her husband John Balliol. The monks named the abbey dulce cor (Sweetheart Abbey). The village has a watermill, the New Abbey Corn Mill.[1] Loch Kindar has a crannog and the village has the remains of Kirk Kindar (this was the parish church until just after 1633 when it was transferred to the refectory of the suppressed Sweetheart Abbey) on an island located just outside the village.

New Abbey has many walks on offer including the steps up to the Waterloo Monument. The village has two burns that flow through it including the New Abbey Pow which runs into the River Nith Estuary and the Sheep Burn. If you’re feeling energetic, a walk to the summit of Criffel is an opportunity for magnificent views.

Beeswing is a small village in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. It was formerly known as Lochend in reference to its position near Loch Arthur, which lies to the east of the village and has been claimed as the setting for the Arthurian story of the Lady of the Lake. The village was renamed to honour the famous racing mare, Beeswing. The village formerly had a church, which has now been converted to a house.

Beeswing is the home of the award winning Loch Arthur Farm Shop and Creamery.



Southerness Golf Club
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Galloway Cycling Holidays
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Climb Criffel Hill
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South West Coastal 300 #SWC300
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Historic Scotland- New Abbey Corn Mill
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Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey
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Food and Drink

Abbey Cottage Tearoom
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The Globe Inn
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Moat Brae Birthplace of Peter Pan
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Loch Arthur Farm Shop and Cafe
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    • Two original and glamorous suites within the Castle Keep
    • Short walk from Sweetheart Abbey and pretty historic village of New Abbey, with pub, shop and tearoom
    • Historically significant, exquisitely restored 16th Century Castle

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