Isle of Whithorn

isle of whithorn St Ninians ChapaelThe Isle of Whithorn is one of Scotland`s most southerly coastal villages and is on the coast of the Solway Firth just a few miles from Whithorn. The view of the harbour with its rows of colourful houses has adorned many postcards and calendars.

Isle of Whithorn is no longer an island. It was until a couple of centuries ago when a causeway was built which now has attractive buildings along its length. One of these buildings, The Steam Packet Inn is a very popular pub and hotel which is well known for excellent seafood, some of which is straight from the quayside.

There is free parking in front of St. Ninians Hall or at the harbour past the Steam Packet. There is a feast of things to see within a short wander

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Colourful Street Isle of Whithorn

from here. The Main Jetty is one of Galloway`s busiest harbours with local and Isle of Man fishing boats regularly landing seafood such as scallops, lobsters and crabs. The Ilse of Man is only about 18 miles from the Isle of Whithorn.

St Ninian`s Chapel, also nearby, dates back to around 1300 and marked the start of the pilgrimage route from the Isle of Whithorn to Whithorn 4 miles away. The sea facing window of the ruined chapel makeĀ  an interesting frame for a photo shoot!

Beside the chapel is The Witness Cairn which was erected in 1997 to commemorate the arrival of St Ninian. It is within the remains of a building used to house the Isle of Whithorn Lifeboat. Over the years, a huge number of stones have been added with the names of loved ones or pets.

Also in this area is the Solway Harvester Seat. This is a tribute to the seven local young men who tragically lost their lives in a storm off the Isle of Man in January 2000.

The Cairn is the Isle of Whithorn`s most famous landmark and is a white painted square tower which has been a navigational aid for centuries. There are spectacular views from here of the Kirkcudbright coast, the northern fells of the Lake District and the Isle of Man.

Isle of Whithorn Activities and Things to do