Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn
Whithorn has a strong association with St Ninian, who brought Christianity to Scotland, while the nearby Isle of Whithorn is a pretty coastal village.
Whithorn is steeped in history. St Ninian, Scotland's first saint, brought Christianity to Scotland in 397 and died in Whithorn in 431. Every year sees a pilgrimage to nearby St Ninian's Cave and you can learn the story of the town at Whithorn Priory & Museum.
Whithorn's town centre retains its street plan from the Middle Ages with a wide market square and long garden plots. Many kings and queens journeyed to this small town, over the centuries.
A few miles away, the Isle of Whithorn enjoys a picturesque seaside setting and down by the harbour is St Ninian's chapel.
As well as visiting the area’s historical sites you can enjoy cycling through the Machars area on marked cycle routes, as well as walking, fishing, golf and bird watching. There are opportunities for eating out and shopping at both locations.
Whithorn is also a recognised UNESCO Biosphere community. Biosphere Communities are places where local residents and businesses have committed to being Proud Supporters of the Biosphere and to;
- Help to conserve the natural resources of the Biosphere.
- Support the economy to benefit local people and nature.
- Promote cultural heritage and local products.
- Contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community.
- Develop knowledge, understanding and promote research.
- Raise awareness of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.
They are destinations in the Biosphere where you can be assured of a warm welcome and an opportunity to experience some of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere’s hidden gems.
To find out more about UNESCO Biosphere communities, click here.
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