New Abbey and the Area

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The A710 road runs from Dumfries to Dalbeattie following, for the most part, the coast of the Solway Firth. 6 miles due south of Dumfries is the village of New Abbey, perhaps Dumfries and Galloway's prettiest village. The road winds through this interesting village which is dominated by the ruins of 13th century Sweetheart Abbey.

It boasts one museum: The New Abbey Corn Mill, which dates from the late 18th century.

In the picturesque Square, in reality more of a triangle than a square, is the General Shop, and the  Abbey Arms, late 19th century. Rising from the very edge of the village and lording it over all is Criffell, at 569 metres (1867 feet) the highest point for many miles around. There are two churches; the Presbyterian Church and St. Mary's RC Church. Close by St. Mary's are the local Primary School and the Doctor's Surgery.

5 miles further along the coast is the pretty parish and hamlet of Kirkbean. Here is the John Paul Jones Museum, birthplace of "the Father of the American Navy". Close by are the coastal villages of Carsethorne and Southerness with their respective hostelries, The Steamboat Inn, and the Paul Jones Hotel. 

New Abbey, Main Street   Sweetheart Abbey and Criffel   Corn Mill
Main Street, Sweetheart Abbey and the Corn Mill (l-r)
Abbey Arms   Shambellie House   The Square
The Abbey Arms, Shambolie House and The Square (l-r)
Carberry Shop   Criffel Inn
Carberry Shop and the Criffel Inn


For those who play golf there are many courses throughout the area, but the gem of them all is the stunning championship links of Southerness Golf Course.
 
The 12th hole at Southerness with Criffell in the background
Criffel Fell

Further west and north lie the attractive towns and villages, open countryside and forests of Dumfries and Galloway. Golf, sailing, walking - Galloway is Scotland's best kept secret!

Along the coastal road beyond Southerness is the RSPB Reserve of Mersehead. Each year thousands of Barnacle Geese and  Pink-footed Geese  flock to spend the winter months, arriving from September onward.     www.rspb.org.uk/mersehead

Onto Colvend, here you will find a delightful popular beach, Golf Club, village shop and Restaurant. 
The small village of Rockcliffe is a child's haven for exploring the rock pools and beach with a delightful coastal walk through to Kippford.

The village of Kippford  is renowned for sailing boats, with the Anchour Inn providing excellent food, people travelling miles to enjoy.