The Whithorn Way

in the steps of Saints, Monks & Monarchs

Whithorn Way Route Map & Details

The map and route details are based on the trail route successfully walked by the Paisley 850 group.

The route tries wherever possible to follow already established paths and cycleways and in particular the trail makes extensive use of the National Cycle & Path Route 7 and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. At other points Core Paths form the majority of the trail.

The maps provided throughout this website are meant purely to be an aid to understanding the line of the Whithorn Way, they are not meant to be used for purposes of walking the trail. The maps and downloadable directional instructions are the copyright of the Whithorn Way Steering Groups and the maps have been supplied to the steering group by David Langworth (Cartographer).

The sections detailed are shown as a guide to walkers but in no manner implies that an individual might not want to split the sections into different lengths and start and end points. The mileages are indicative and may be subject to slight variation.

route map Suggested Sections & Places of Interest

  1. Glasgow Cathedral to Paisley Abbey (13½ miles) Glasgow & St Andrew's Cathedrals, Old Govan Church with Sarcophagus, and Renfrew Castle.
  2. Paisley Abbey to Lochwinnoch (10 miles)
    Paisley Abbey, Celtic Barochan Cross, St Miran's Cathedral, and Castle Semple Collegiate Church
  3. Lochwinnoch to Kilwinning (13 miles)
    Kilbirnie Auld Kirk, and Kilwinning Abbey
  4. Kilwinning to Troon (12 miles)
    Garnock Flood Plain Nature Reserve, Scottish Maritime Museum, and Fullerton Parish Church Irvine
  5. Troon to Ayr (9½ miles)
    Prestwick Salt Pan Houses, Bruce's Well and Lazar House, Crosbie Church, St Nicholas 11th Century Church, and Troon Portland Church
  6. Ayr to Maybole via Dunure (13 miles)
    St Leonard's Church, Brig o' Doon & Old Alloway Kirk, and Carrick Centre
  7. Maybole to Girvan (12 miles)
    Crossraguel Abbey, Kirkoswald Old Church, and Souter Johnnie's Cottage
  8. Girvan to Colmonell (13 miles)
    Girvan Stumpy Tower (Town Jail), South Church Girvan, and Dunure Harbour, Castle & Village
  9. Colmonell to Barrhill via Pinwherry (10 miles)
    St Colmon Parish Church - Colmonell, and Pinwherry Castle
  10. Barrhill to New Luce (13 miles)
    Martyr's Tomb, New Luce conservation village - church and ancient church yard
  11. New Luce to Mochrum (21 miles)
    Glenluce Abbey, and Auchenmalg Standing Stones
  12. Mochrum to Whithorn Priory (9 miles)
    Drumtroddan Standing Stones, and Whithorn with Northumbrian Monastery & Medieval Cathedral

It is the Steering Group's hope that when walkers arrive in Whithorn they will want to spend at least a further day in the area to enable them to visit St Ninian's Cave and the St Ninian's Chapel at the Isle of Whithorn, both locations being vital to the pilgrimage story. There is the option to get taxi transport to the cave car park, walk to the Cave then the exhilarating coastal path walk to the Isle of Whithorn. After visiting the Chapel there are buses linking the Isle of Whithorn with Whithorn.
For details on this additional days pilgrimage click on this link.

Now that the route has been mapped for each section and has directional information to allow individuals to walk the Way, we have set up a mechanism that allows interested walkers to acquire walking instruction while at the same time providing a small donation to the ongoing work of the Whithorn Way Steering Group's work.
To order on-line the directional instructions please click on this link.

Thanks to the work of the Whithorn Trust there is now a nine minute video showing the Whithorn Way and key historical buildings along its length. This video makes use of drone filming and ancient building reconstruction.
To view this video click on this LINK.
At the end of the video credits are given to all the funders and supporters who made this possible.

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