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Historical Attractions

Sweetheart Abbey

Make time to discover some of the famous names and places associated with Dumfries and Galloway. Names like Lady Devorgilla and John Balliol at Sweetheart Abbey, which Lady Devorgilla built in 1273 as a lasting memorial to her true love John Balliol. She carried his heart in a Silver casket close to her bosom until she died and was buried along with him at the abbey.

The famed Robert the Bruce who was born in 1274 at the family castle in Lochmaben surrounded by the beautiful Castle Loch. Also explore his cave in Kirkpatrick Fleming where in 1306 after suffering a heavy defeat he went into hiding for 3 months. Whilst there he happened to watch a spider relentlessly try and try again to spin a web until it succeeded, thus giving him the strength to raise an army and win the historic  Battle of Bannockburn . It is also said to be the birth of the saying  “If at first you don’ t succeed try and try again”