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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.



Visitors using wheelchairs can only access the central part of the ruined Cathedral Priory Church with assistance. They can access the Museum and the door to the crypts.

Ticketing is shared with the Whithorn Trust who have a wheelchair adapted toilet in their adjacent visitor centre, The Whithorn Story.

Bringing dogs

Dogs (except for guide dogs and assistance dogs) are not permitted in the roofed areas. They are allowed in the grounds.

Bus Parking Car Parking Disabled Toilets Display on History Reasonable Wheelchair Access Restaurant/Café Shop Toilets Visitor Centre Accessible by Public Transport May be closed at lunchtime, please call in advance


Region – Dumfries and Galloway
Postcode: DG8 8PY

Grid reference
NX 444402.

Cycle Routes
Site on the National Cycle Network

Public transport

Regular trains to Dumfries. From outside railway station, take Stagecoach Western bus no 500 (Stranraer) to Newton Stewart Victoria Street Cinema (1.5 hs). Take the King bus no 415 (Isle of Whithorn) to the Grapes Hotel in Whithorn (54 mins). Walk 2 mins to Whithorn Priory.

Green Tourism Award - Silver