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New Abbey Corn Mill

The Square, New Abbey DG2 8BX, Scotland
+44 1387 850260
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New Abbey Corn Mill is one of the many properties cared for by Historic Scotland. While many of... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
BobNewtonMearns
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Great!

Really interesting place, the mill has been left exactly as it was when it shut 50+ years ago. You... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Melissa P
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Alice Springs, Australia
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The fully restored water-powered New Abbey Cornmill offers visitors a wonderful insight into Scottish rural life in years gone by. Situated in the pretty village of New Abbey and 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'. The mill is still in full working order and on most summer day visitors can see it run as it would have all of those years ago. However, on days when water is in short supply, or when the mill is not running, you can still see the mill in action through the Historic Scotland video production 'The Miller's Tale'.
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

New Abbey Corn Mill is one of the many properties cared for by Historic Scotland. While many of their properties are castles and the likes, this is unique in being a working mill. We were treated to a personal tour of the site by George,...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Really interesting place, the mill has been left exactly as it was when it shut 50+ years ago. You start by watching the short documentary, then saw the wheel, then a guided tour of the mill. Very interesting!

Thank Melissa P
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Situated in the village of New Abbey, You enter the mill through what was once the living space for the family is now an exhibition and shop, run by Historic Scotland. There is a 12 minute video about the milling process which is worth watching....More

Thank pkpuri
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed our trip here. The staff were really friendly and seemed very passionate about the Mill. We were lucky enough to arrive as they were about to start the Wheel so we got to see it working. A little place but so fascinating and...More

Thank Zoe R
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We visited on a sunny day and we're lucky to arrive just as the tour began . It was great to see the mill work and the guide though eccentric was engaging. Well worth the time.

Thank djne11026
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Insightful, more interesting than I thought it was going to be. The tour was good and the staff were excellent. Not sure I'd go again, but was worth going once.

Thank Leah B
Reviewed 27 October 2015

This small sure encompasses so much social history. The guide was very informative and helpful. A pity it was not working on the day of my visit but I am sure I will return to see the mill in action

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 19 October 2015

A great little site, with a very helpful custodian. Lots of information about the place and some of the mill owners. The mill was not running, but that was not a problem.

Thank David G
Reviewed 5 October 2015

We were expecting the mill wheel to be turning to show the actual workings. It wasn't so to a certain extent this was a disappointment. The guide was very informative, so this went some way to compensate.

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 23 September 2015 via mobile

I wasn't sure at first if I would enjoy this visit, however very quickly I was so interested in the story of the corn mill. The guides were so helpful and informative and answered all our questions with a smile. Really enjoyed my visit here,...More

Thank AngelC78
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