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. The rain came down whilst we were in the abbey itself, but fortunately it was only a shower (at this point – it turned heavy not long after these photos were taken). Some interesting buildings here.

  1. I love that they have kept the old look and feel of the place. Walking through there I am sure one could imagine being in a bygone era.

  2. You do handle these little places a treat, Jude – I’m always pleased to see your email there in my list ! You could surely do a wonderful travel-type book, at some stage …? – coffee-table ?

    1. Oh, you are so sweet M-R, I’m only happy to brighten up your day 🙂
      I did write a travel book about Canada, but it took a looong time. I prefer writing shorter blogs, though I may do another book at some stage.

        1. It’s the photographs that take up the time – selecting them, editing them, making sure they are the right size and quality!

  3. Jude what a pretty walk you have taken me on. I again admire your variety in the photos sharing details but also the overall feel of the place.

    1. We really went there to visit the abbey, but I thought you would like to see the rest of this village with some rather unusual buildings. Glad you liked it 🙂

  4. This is a quaint place and so clean. The building are wonderful, full of whimsy. This has been another delightful and engaging tour. I love the architecture of times gone by. ❤

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