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 map provided is meant purely to be an aid to understanding the line of the Whithorn Way, it is not meant to be used for purposes of walking the trail.
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 Miranís 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, Bruceís Well and Lazar House, Crosbie Church, St Nicholas 11th Century Church, and Troon Portland Church
  6. Ayr to Maybole via Dunure (13 miles)
    St Leonardís Church, Brig oí Doon & Old Alloway Kirk, and Carrick Centre
  7. Maybole to Girvan (12 miles)
    Crossraguel Abbey, Kirkoswald Old Church, and Souter Johnnieís 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)
    Martyrís Tomb, New Luce conservation village - church and ancient church yard
  11. New Luce to Mochrum (15 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.

It is planned to shortly add to this information with sectional maps and supporting details that will assist in navigating the trail. This work is only part complete so keep returning to this section from time to time to access new route information.

As new information and maps are loaded the section title will become an active link and the corrosponding part of the route on the master map will show a hyperlink hand which can be activated by a mouse click.


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