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Whithorn

Dumfries & Galloway

Whithorn is known for its connection with St Ninian, who brought Christianity to Scotland. Whithorn, 18 miles south of Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway, is steeped in history. The name Whithorn comes from ‘White House’. St Ninian, Scotland’s very first saint, brought Christianity to Scotland in 397, dying in Whithorn in 431. There is a pilgrimage every year to St Ninian’s Cave which is located between Isle-of-Whithorn and Glasserton just a few miles out of Whithorn.

The Isle-of-Whithorn also has a St Ninian’s chapel which you can see down by the harbour. Whithorn’s town centre retains the street plan of the Middle Ages with its wide market square and long garden plots. Many kings and queens have journeyed to this small town over the years. As well as visiting historical sites you can enjoy cycling through the Machars area on marked cycle routes, fishing, golfing, bird watching and walking.