New Abbey Buildings

Although the main reason for visiting New Abbey was the delightful Sweetheart Abbey, we also took a stroll along the main street to the Corn Mill at the bottom. There are some interesting houses and windows that I thought I’d share with you.


From the carpark at the Sweetheart Abbey head back to the road and turn right through the village down to the working Corn Mill. Pass several single-storey rubble-stone, whitewashed cottages like this pretty blue-painted framed openings with roses around the door.



Mid/late 18th century. Single storey 3-bay cottage with central door and 2 carved stones incorporated. Carved stones represent a) 3 men in a boat, b) rose motif in incomplete pediment.

The Port House

Probably late 16th/17th century, but heightened late in 18th or in first quarter of 19th century, and openings altered.

The Hermitage


Windows filled with interesting old glass bottles.

And two village pubs facing each other across the square.


and another house with an interesting plaque

And finally the Corn Mill


Now under the care of Historic Scotland, this three-storey whitewashed mill building was built towards the end of the 18th century by the Stewarts of nearby Shambellie House. However, it is thought that it reaches back much later than that, perhaps to as early as the late 13th century, when the Cistercian monks established their monastery of Dulce Cor (‘Sweet Heart’ ) at the far end of the village;  today the mill is still known locally as ‘Monks’ Mill’.

Behind the mill is an 1806 Masonic Lodge converted to church hall 1887; now a dwelling house.

New Abbey must rank amongst the prettiest settlements in the area with its whitewashed cottages overlooked by the Abbey ruins.


If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.

Or if your interest is windows then Dawn from ‘The Day After’  invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

48 thoughts on “New Abbey Buildings”

    1. I love the plaque on the Port House – of the Port House with the same windows and the same bench – a shame it doesn’t have a plaque on the plaque as I love things like that.

    1. Yes indeed! I link to your walk CATEGORY so you won’t get pingbacks, I usually place a link on your latest post in a comment. Since you weren’t here this week I haven’t informed you of this very small, but interesting walk 😀

      (How was Paris btw? I shall have to toddle off and check your blog – been busy entertaining grandchildren and haven’t had time to check the computer!)

      1. I saw you on Megs and hopped over to yours from there. Thought you hadn’t been online much and wondered if you were away/househunting but grandchildren sounds pretty absorbing. How old? 🙂
        Paris was wonderful!

  1. Makes my village look so bland and cobbled together and new. Windows, buildings, plaques – and that wonderful sharpness and clarity your photos have. A lovely Saturday night pleasure.

    1. Well this village was well established even before your place was claimed by us Brits 😉 so it is bound to look older than anything you have – mindst you, we can do bland and cobbled together well too!

  2. Sorry, forgot to tweet the other day! Done it 🙂 So much catching up to do, Jude. I spotted some lovely posts on yours! Thanks again 🙂

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