Whithorn is situated in Galloway
southwest Scotland, 30 miles southeast of
Stranraer, 64 miles southwest
Whithorn attracts visitors from far
and wide as it was the site of the first
Christian Church in Scotland, established
by St Ninian around 397. The historic St
Ninian Cave is situated just over 3 miles
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
The image top is looking down the Main
Street / George Street. The village feels much
larger than it is, due to the width of the Main
Street. It is surprising there are no hotels in
the village, just the one cafe / diner and one
The image second top shows the town house
St Martin's and St Ninian's Roman Catholic
Church is also on the Main Street, there seems
to be no information on when this church was
The Whithorn Story
Visitor Centre is also on the Main Street.
The centre displays artifacts and a simulated
archaeological dig, depicting the creation of
the town, its church and visiting pilgrims.
Whithorn Memorial is in the centre of the
Main Street, in front of the Steeple.
The arch on Main Street leeds to Bruce
Street, the Museum and
Whithorn Priory. The museum holds a number of
large Christian stones, some of the oldest
Christian stones in Scotland, including the
Latinus Stone – Scotland’s earliest Christian
The Priory complex consists of the Priory
remains on the left, new Parish Church from
1822 in the centre, and the ancient Crypt on
the right. See the Whithorn
Priory Page for more information.
The Nave and Crypt at the Priory can be
explored, with the Crypt being the oldest
An excavation in 1957 led to the discovery
of Bishops tombs containing jewellery. This
jewellery is now held in the National Museum of Scotland in
Edinburgh, it is at times loaned to the
Whithorn museum, normaly in summer.
St Ninian's Cave car park is situated
about 3 miles west, with a 1 mile walk from the
car park to the cave. The cave is one of the
top attractions in the area, not to be missed,
where some of the stones in the museum were
Rispain Camp is situated 1 mile west
of Whithorn with the car park at Rispain Farm.
This is the remains of a fairly large Iron Age
Fort with a deep ditch all around.
St Ninian's Chapel can be found at the
Isle of Whithorn village 4 miles
south, at the end of this peninsular.
This peninsular is known as the Whithorn
peninsular or the Machars. It is about 45 miles
around, with many attractions. You should plan
a full day if wanting to visit all the
See the area click on map link below for all