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Isle of Whithorn

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Isle of Whithorn is situated in Galloway southwest Scotland, 33 miles southeast of Stranraer, 68 miles southwest of Dumfries, 4 miles south of Whithorn village.

Isle of Whithorn attracts visitors on the St Ninian trail to St Ninian's Chapel and the Witness Cairn, also the inn /diner overlooking the harbour. Top attractions close by are St Ninian's Cave and Whithorn Priory.

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The image top is looking over the port Village of Isle of Whithorn. This is now not and Island, as development of the Harbour in 1790 led to the building of a Causeway.

Houses have since been built on the Causeway, leaving no indication there was once an Island.

The Steam Packet Inn looks over the harbour, a popular spot for drinks and meals.

The image third top is of the Kids Play area on what used to be the Island, with the Light Tower in the distance.

The image fourth top is of St Ninian's Chapel looking east to Cairnhead, a very popular Walk along the Cliff Tops.

The sign at the St Ninian's Chapel reads.
This Chapel was probably built about 1300 and replaced an earlier, narrower one on this site. It stands within a perimeter wall, as did so many early Christian Churches. The wall probably enclosed a House for a Priest as well as a Burial Ground.

The Chapel was probably provided for the Community at the Port of Whithorn and for Pilgrims traveling to the Shrine of St Ninian. The Pilgrims landed at the safe Harbour below here and walked the few miles to Whithorn inland, stopping first to give thanks for their safe arrival.

The Witness Cairn is close the Chapel. It was placed here in 1997 so visitors can add their own Stones around the Cairn, normally with their names inscribed or painted on, to show they have visited the site.

Some Stones contain the names of loved ones that have passed away.

The Isle of Whithorn Light Tower is at the furthest south point in this area. Burrowhead 2 miles west is slightly further south, but this area feels like it is the end of this Peninsular, known as the Whithorn Peninsular, or the Machars.

The Tower has provided Ship Navigation for hundreds of years. There seems to be no record of when it was constructed.

The Solway Harvester Memorial is next to the tower. This was a Scallop Dredger from Kirkcudbright that sank off the coast of the Isle of Man during a storm 11th January 2000, with the loss of all seven crew. The Memorial was placed here in 2004, with views out to where the Ship sank.

There is a Rock Outcrop in front of the Tower, with a route out to the end, although there is a fair bit of Rock Climbing and navigation to be done to get right out, end of Scotland.

Looking west from the rocks you see Burrowhead, then the Mull of Galloway on the next peninsular with a large lighthouse, furthest south point in Scotland.

It takes a full day to go round the attractions on this Peninsular, and a full day to go round the Mull of Galloway Peninsular.

Burrowhead Holiday Village is about 2 miles west of Isle of Whithorn. This is a large Park on the most southern point on this Peninsular. The Park caters for tents, motorhomes, lodges and caravan holidays.

There is a Popular Walk from Burrowhead to St Ninian's Cave 3 miles north along the top of Cliffs.

Burrowhead is where the final scene of The Wicker Man horror film with Britt Eckland, Christopher Lee, and Edward Woodward was shot.

The large Wicker Man was set on fire here with Sergeant Howie /Edward Woodward inside for a human sacrifice.

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