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Across the River Nith from Caerlaverock Castle you can find ruins of an abbey having a romantic name Sweetheart Abbey. After checking some photos online prior to visit I was really looking forward to get there. It was an extra 30 min drive from the castle, since it was quite far to get to the bridge across the river. Sadly at present, the abbey has been pretty much covered with scaffoldings. There was really no way around it…

Abbey of Dulce Cor, better known as Sweetheart Abbey (Gd: An Abaid Ur), was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1275 in what is now the village of New Abbey, in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway, 8 miles (13 km) south of Dumfries.
The abbey, located on the banks of the Pow Burn, was founded by Dervorguilla of Galloway, daughter of Alan, Lord of Galloway, in memory of her husband, John de Balliol. After his death, she kept his embalmed heart, contained in a casket of ivory and silver, with her for the rest of her life, and it was buried alongside her when she died. In line with this devotion to her late husband, she named the abbey Dulce Cor (Latin for Sweet Heart).

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