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Whithorn

 
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Whithorn in the Machars Peninsula of Dumfries & Galloway was and still is best known for its connections with St Ninian and as Scotland`s Cradle of Chrisitanity.  In recent years, the creative side of Whithorn has emerged.

Creativity in Whithorn – Whithorn is becoming a centre for artists and crafts people.  Since 2013 Creative Whithorn have organised an annual event – Arts & Crafts Trail in July – showcasing a wide range of work at various venues in the town.

New arts venues are cropping up, perhaps the most recent example being the Red Door Gallery which opened in April 2014.

Whithorn is also home to the smallest theatre in Scotland – The Swallow Theatre – which puts on regular and varied performances throughout the year.

Architecture – George Street, the “Main” Street of Whithorn, has several listed buildings many of which have been painted in pastel hues.  The Whithorn Town Trail takes in about 30 properties. Get an information leaflet from The Whithorn Story.

Cycling – the relatively quiet and flat roads around Whithorn and the Machars make the area appealing to leisure cyclists and there are four signposted and waymarked routes from 17 to 25 miles long taking in the coastal villages and historical sites.  Cycle Hire is available at Barns Smiddy in Whithorn  or nearby Kirkcowan where electric bikes are also on hand.

St Ninian and The Cradle of Christianity –

Archaeologists have established that, in the fifth century, the early Christian settlement at Whithorn had contacts with Gaul, a sophisticated church hierarchy, and was importing fine wines and pottery to a thriving and literate community, which was in touch with a movement of Christian ideas and art coming from Europe and beyond. As such, Whithorn is quite possibly Scotland’s earliest town. Later, in the middle ages, the burgh thrived as the shrine was visited by Scottish kings and queens, from Robert the Bruce to Mary Queen of Scots, and by thousands of pilgrims.

Whithorn has a Whithorn Story Visitor Centre where you can learn all about the history of St Ninian and also about current excavations. Interesting exhibitions vary regularly. Gift shop and coffee shop on site. Open Daily April to October.

St Ninian’s Cave is also well worth a visit and makes for a a very interesting short walk through a wooded glen then along a shingle beach with views of the Isle of Man.

Our tradition of welcome is 1500 years old: come and experience it!

Events

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2018
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Wigtown Book Festival 2018
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Attractions

Barholm Cycle Hire
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Barholm Arts and Crafts
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Kippford Car and Camper Hire
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Mossyard Farm Pottery
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RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve
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Priory Antiques
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The Swallow Theatre
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Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe
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Wigtown Festival Company
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Castle Kennedy Gardens
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Galloway House Gardens
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Monrieth Animal Park
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Rigg Bay to Cruggleton Coastal Walk
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St Medan Golf Club Monreith
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St Ninian`s Cave
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Wigtown and Bladnoch Golf Club
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Food and Drink

Basecamp Cafe at Laggan
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Laggan Outdoor
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The Lairds Inn
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GG’s Yard Venue
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Crafty Distillery
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Beltie Books and Cafe
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Cool Licks and Hot Drinks Ltd
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Creetown Gem Rock Museum
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Craft Restaurant & Hotel
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Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum and Tea Room
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Sulwath Brewers Ltd
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The Pheasant
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Henrys Bay House Restaurant Stranraer
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Steam Packet Inn Restaurant
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Whithorn House Tea Room and Gallery
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Wigtown Summer Street Market
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    • Friendly and informal B&B
    • Set in a quiet rural location
    • Most dietary needs catered for inc. gluten free
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