The Whithorn Way is a newly mapped 143 mile walking and cycling route, which follows much of the westerly pilgrimage route to Whithorn, travelled by pilgrims for well over 1000 years. At its peak round 1500, the shrine attracted pilgrims from Scotland, England and beyond, who traced a network of sea and land routes to Whithorn. St Ninian became the favoured saint of the Royal House of Stuart, which further stimulated national devotion.
Now you can walk ( or cycle ) one of these ancient routes – the Whithorn Way – for yourself, or try out just one of its thirteen richly historic segments. Our films give you highlights from the Cathedral at Glasgow through 143 miles of rambling back roads, quiet cycle paths, or stunning beach walks, to Whithorn. A further footpath is being opened from Whithorn to the saint’s reputed retreat at St Ninian’s Cave. Click to see our 3D reconstructions of the historic splendour of many of the churches and monasteries along the route. The Way has been mapped and walked by members of the Whithorn Way Steering Group;