Chapel Finian is situated in Galloway southwest
Scotland, 15 miles southeast of Stranraer, 67 miles
west of Dumfries, 5 miles south of Glenluce village by
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Chapel Finian is the first historic attraction on
this peninsular in Galloway known as the Machars. The
drive around the Machars is around 45 miles, a full
day when visiting the many attractions.
The image top is of the road running down the west
side of the Machars, a great scenic drive.
The image second top is of the roadside Car Park
at Chapel Finian.
The image third top shows the entrance with the
Information given is such as: This small Chapel
was named after Finnian of Movilla
(Findbar), a 500s Irish Saint.
The Chapel was built around the 900s, thought to
be for pilgrims on route to Whithorn Priory, to visit
the Shrine of St Ninian. The site was excavated in
Chapels of this kind were common in Ireland by
that time, a rectangular room with a south facing
door, built of rough stone and mortar. The two longer
side walls had buttresses.
The site had a dry stone wall around it with a
timber built house for the priest, a well, and
397 - Saint Ninian was a local
form Galloway that set up Christianity in the region
after his travels to Rome, the start of Christianity
Many Irish were known to have traveled to the St
Ninian Shine at Whithorn in Galloway, as well as
Scots from all over Scotland.
400s early - Christianity took hold in Ireland,
spread by missionaries such as Palladius, and Saint
The many small Chapels would have been used as
resting places on the the pilgrim journeys.
563 - Saint Columba traveled from
Ireland to the Isle of Iona in northwest Scotland to
set up a Christian Church.
Christianity soon spread throughout all Scotland,
helping reduce fighting amongst the many Scottish
Picts tribes, allowing the whole country to become
united and run by one king.