Having arrived in Whithorn the association with St Ninian is impossible to ignore
and the Whithorn Trust and the
Whithorn Priory & Museum
are locations where the walker needs to visit. However there is much more to see that relates
to the St Ninian connection with this area and walkers are encouraged to allocate at least a
further day in the area to explore these connections.
One option is to visit the St Ninian's Cave on the west coastline of the Machars and then to walk
round the headland passing Burrow Head to arrive in the Isle of Whithorn, visiting here the
St Ninian's Chapel.
Currently walkers are advised for reasons of time and safety that they travel from Whithorn to the car park for the Cave,
at Kidsdale, by car or taxi, then to allow at least a half day to walk down Physgill Glen to the shore and then visit
St Ninian's Cave before walking round the coast to the Isle of Whithorn and there visiting the St Ninian's Chapel.
From the isle of Whithorn it is possible to travel back to Whithorn by bus or again by taxi or car.
The images shown below are from the 6.5 mile coastline walk, a dramatic and beautiful path and one that will take between 3 to 4 hours to
complete. This is a route which has several sections where only a single width grass track is possible whilst approaching
Burrow Head holiday park and the final section into the Isle there are wide open grassland paths to enjoy. There are
additionally two section where the trial is close to the cliff tops so walkers need to be sure footed and comfortable with
limited space between the walking route and what is often shear drops to the sea.The rewards are wonderful views up and
down the coastline of both sides of the Machars and views to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man.