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Whithorn Priory And Museum

Cradle of Christianity in Scotland

Whithorn Priory And Museum

One of the earliest Christian sites in Scotland, Whithorn was traditionally held to be founded by St Ninian in the 5th or 6th century.

In the 12th century a priory for Premonstratensians was built here and became the cathedral church of Galloway.  Whilst little of the Priory survives today, visitors may still follow the pilgrimage route taken by medieval pilgrims to visit the shrine of St Ninian located in the vault of the Priory.

Visit the Whithorn Priory and Museum Microsite for more information on Scotland's Cradle of Christianity.


Whithorn Priory Museum

The Whithorn Priory Museum displays of the early medieval carved stones.

‘Whithorn Story’ Visitor Centre

The head of a ‘Whithorn School’ cross, as well as a cross from Kirkmaiden.

St Ninian’s Chapel

There may have been a chapel on this site for many centuries before the existing structure was erected around 1300AD. It was used by the local community and by pilgrims arriving by ship from England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

PDF icon Whithorn and other related sites and museums to visit in the Dumfries and Galloway area [pdf, 295kb]

Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Dumfries and Galloway
Postcode: DG8 8PY

Opening arrangements

Summer only
1 April - 31 October, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10.30am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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Events at Whithorn Priory And Museum

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26 November 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Autumn Talks

Duff House

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