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The Whithorn Way

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Walk the Whithorn Way between the City of Glasgow and the village of Whithorn in Dumfries & Galloway. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who visited the shrine of St. Ninian at Whithorn centuries ago. Experience the heritage of the River Clyde, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Robert Burns Country as this varied and dramatic route shares its secrets on its way to the southwest coast at Whithorn and St. Ninians Chapel. The Whithorn Way is a walk into history, linking one of Scotland’s largest places of worship with its oldest.


Road Directions

From Whithorn a footpath leaves from near at the former manse and proceeds along the Ket Burn to Rispain Camp which is believed to date back to the Iron Age.

Progressing towards the cliffs above St. Ninians Cave, you will experience wide ranging views of Luce Bay, towards the Scare Rocks, which are home to an impressive colony of sea birds and seals, the Rhinns of Galloway towards the west and if visibility permits, to the Isle of Man which is little more than 16 miles from the Isle of Whithorn.

The coastal walk along the cliffs beyond the cave is dramatic but demands care ending as it does at the Isle of Whithorn where visitors can see St. Ninian’s Chapel and where there are a range of visitor services.