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The village of Whithorn lies at the heart of the southern end of The Machars, the broad peninsula projecting south into the Irish Sea. Whithorn has a strong association with St Ninian, while the nearby Isle of Whithorn is a pretty coastal village. The village is steeped in history. St Ninian, Scotlands first saint, brought Christianity to Scotland in 397 and died in Whithorn in 431. Every year sees a pilgrimage to nearby St Ninians Cave and you can learn the story of the town at Whithorn Priory and Museum.

The centre of Whithorn 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. Todays visitor finds a village built around a long and broad main street descending a gentle hillside from south to north. This is variously called George Street and St John Street as it progresses through Whithorn. The main street is lined by largely two storey buildings. The most striking landmark is the Steeple, part of the Town House, overlooking a monument that acts as a combined war memorial and mercat cross.

As well as visiting the areas 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.

Town Image - Whithorn (Dumfries & Galloway) - UK Tourism Online

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