The Whithorn Story


45-47 George Street, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, DG8 8NS

    Whithorn is a great place to spend a day learning all about the priory and the pilgrims who travelled here to honour St Ninian.

    Start your tour of the town at the Whithorn Story Visitor Centre. Enjoy the displays of artefacts and a simulated archaeological dig which tell the story of the town, church and pilgrimage centre at Whithorn, the home of Ninian, the 5th century missionary and Scotland's first saint.

    Head further along Bruce Street to the Whithorn Priory Museum to see a collection of stones, including the famous Latinus Stone, which date back to 450 AD. The collection tells the astonishing story from the arrival of Christianity to the Reformation. Next, see the ruins of Whithorn Priory and the crypts, which are thought to have once held the rock-cut tomb of St Ninian.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    We are open daily from 1st April/Easter (whichever is earlier) until 31st October
    10:30am – 5:00pm.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Our cafe is open for drinks and cakes all day. food is served until 4pm.
    • Gluten Free
    • Lunch Available We have homemade soup and freshly made sandwiches. We also serve simple snacks such as salads and stovies.
    • Shop We stock books on history, art and religion and also a range of book for children. We also have a range of gifts including a range of pottery marked with our cross logo, local textiles, prayer cards, silk scarves and new for 2013 and the Year of Natural Scotland our explorer range.
    • Tea & Coffee Available We have a range of fairtrade cold drinks, teas and serve organic fairtrade bean to cup coffee. Filter coffee is also available
    • Vegetarian Food Available All of our soup is suitable for vegetarians and we also make our own vegetarian pate.


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Most of the attraction is accessible. There are disabled toilets on the premises. Since there are areas of the monument which are not accessible to wheelchair users we offer and interactive computer DVD with a full guided tour and also film of the local archaeological sites which are also inaccessible
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Cycle Hire Nearby Wheely Comfy Cycle Hire are based in Whithorn - phone 01988 500899 for details
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available


    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location Whithorn is surrounded by lush rolling farmland. the sea is only 3 miles away.
    • Town Location Whithorn is an Outstanding Conservation Area. The town is set out on the medieval street plan.

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From the A75 between Dumfries and Starnraer. Follow the brown signs South either at Glenluce or Newton Stewart.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Cairnryan follow the A77 and A75 towards Dumfries. Turn South at Glenluce following the brown signs to Whithorn.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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