Love your bike? Treat it with a ride out to Sweetheart Abbey. We’ll be heading out of Dumfries along the old military road, crossing the Dalbeattie Road at Beeswing. Then it’s an easy few miles down the Loch Arthur New Abbey Road.
In New Abbey as well as admiring Sweetheart Abbey, we’ll head to the tea room or pub for a bite to eat. The abbey was founded by Lady Devorgilla in memory of her husband John Balliol. After his death she had his heart embalmed and placed in an ivory casket, which she is said to have carried with her forever after, finally being buried with it on her death.
Despite a chequered history and an early demise in the 16th century, this 700 year old ruin has survived various wars to stand almost complete.The blood red sandstone and graceful architecture are nestled below the bulk of Criffel amongst green rolling hills and patches of woodland.
It’s through this countryside we’ll head back, leaving New Abbey to the north along the coast road for a short section before turning off to follow Kirkconnell Lane. This will bring us out near Mabie Forest, where we rejoin the coast road for another small section and then take the Mabie Farm park road returning along the shared use path to Cargenbridge and back in to town.