Follow the footsteps of commoners and kings who for centuries, have visited the shrine of St. Ninian, Scotland's very first saint. Discover more about Whithorn's early Christian past and the continuous story of the churches on the site. Marvel at the magnificent 12th century bishops crozier and rings.
The scheduled monument site at Whithorn has been known by archaeologists for over a century. Artefacts now on display include fragments of early imported glass and pottery, a rare collection of Northumbrian coins, evidence of Viking cat farming and decorated antler comb production and personal items lost by pilgrims visiting the site.
1. Audiovisual Theatre - The audio visual history of Whithorn narrated by Russell Hunter.
2. Through the Ages Exhibition - with finds from over a century of archaeology in Scotland's oldest Christian town.
3. Discovery Centre - The Discovery Centre with 3-dimensional jigsaw and hands-on exhibits.
4. Dig Site - Access to the dig site now restored to the foundation level of the Northumbrian Monastery.
5. Cathedral Ruins - The ruined nave of the Medieval Cathedral and crypts now in the care of Historic Scotland.
6. Museum and Stones - the Historic Scotland Museum with the finest collection of early Christian stones in Scotland.
7. Ninian Gallery - The Ninian Gallery offers a programme of temporary exhibitions.
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Through the Ages Exhibition - with finds from over a century of archaeology in Scotland's oldest Christian town.
The upstanding parts of the Priory and the Priory Museum, housing one of the finest collections of early Christian carved stones in Britain, are owned and maintained by Historic Scotland. The Trust operates in partnership with Historic Scotland and a joint ticketing agreement with the Priory Museum is in operation.
The exhibition features the early Christian crosses. Most are of the Whithorn School and have the disc head and shaft with interlace. The exhibition also features the Latinus Stone – the earliest Christian monument in Scotland, and stones from St Ninian’s Cave. This exhibition has recently won an award for conservation when it was highly commended by judges at the 2006 Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence.