Walking to St Ninian`s Cave

path to st ninians cave whithornIn common with our walk at Torrs Warren, the walk to St. Ninian`s Cave starts with a path  through woodland to the shoreline.  This is another easy walk of about one mile each way. It was a beautiful day with wall to wall sunshine so we took the chance to explore the Isle of Whithorn before setting out on our walk. There is a large carpark at the start of the walk which is signposted from the Monreith to Isle of Whithorn road.




The first two thirds of the walk is on a wide path through delightful woodland with the sun shining through the branches illuminating the unfurling ferns. There were bluebells everywhere and the occasional whiff of wild garlic. The path follows a small stream which adds to the mix of the delightful sounds of birdsong.


St Ninians Cave near whithornSoon we reach the shoreline which is steeply sloping shingle and follow the many cairns to St Ninian`s Cave where there are many crosses at various places on the walls. The wild flowers at the cave entrance and on the cliffs along the way are marvelous at this time of year. This part of the coastline is really close to the Isle of Man – so close in fact that on the way back to the car, Vodafone sent a message welcoming us back to Scotland! For more of a challenge, it is possible to walk to St Ninian`s Cave along the cliff tops from Burrow Head.


The cave is thought to have been a place of retreat and worship by St. Ninian more than 1500 years ago and the place certainly has an air of holiness about it – a very special place! More recently the cave entrance and beach was used as a location for the cult film The Wicker Man while the horrific final scene was filmed at Burrow Head. Burrow Head has the distinction of being the second-most southern point of Scotland the furthest south being The Mull of Galloway to the west.

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