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Whithorn

Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway

George Street Whithorn looking east

Whithorn was the home of the Candida Casa, the white walled church of the 5th century saint St Ninian, who arrived by boat from Ireland and founded Whithorns claim to be the cradle of Christianity in Britain. The wide main street hints at a prosperous past, when Whithorn was a centre for pilgrimage by the Kings of Scotland. A major archaeological dig at the site of the old Priory in the 1990s uncovered hundreds of skeletons and important historic finds, some of which can be seen in the Museum and Visitor Centre.

The town today has a wide selection of antique ,book, upholstery and other interesting shops, a tempting delicatessen and other high quality food shops, a Bank, a medical centre, and a primary school. There is a multi purpose playing surface in the town and a number of golf courses a short drive way, including St Medans at Monreith with its breathtaking views over the sea .

Whithorn was the location of some scenes in the Wicker Man, the 1970s cult horror film starring Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland. The film was the inspiration of the Wickerman Festival, a Music Festival held in July near Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright.

Five miles to the south is the beautiful harbour village of the Isle of Whithorn,with its bobbing yachts and fishing boats,and the warm welcome of the Steam Packet Inn, and many lovely coastal and clifftop walks.

18 miles to the north is Newton Stewart, a busy rural market town situated in the heart of Galloway, amidst some of the finest scenery in southern Scotland.

The whole area is also well known for hill and country walks, cycle routes, nature and bird trails. Shooting and fishing are popular pastimes too with some excellent rivers and lochs throughout the region.

George Street Whithorn looking west

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