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Whithorn Priory

  • Off A746 Map It
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/08/2013

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The road that is now the A746 was a pilgrims' path that led to the royal burgh of Whithorn, where sat Whithorn Priory, one of Scotland's great medieval cathedrals, now an empty shell. It was built in the 12th century and is said to occupy the site of a former stone church, the Candida Casa, built by St. Ninian in the 4th century. As the story goes, the church housed a shrine to Ninian, the earliest of Scotland's saints, and kings and barons sought to visit the shrine at

least once in their lives. As you approach the priory, observe the royal arms of pre-1707 Scotland—that is, Scotland before the Union with England—carved and painted above the pend (covered walkway).

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Sight Information

Address:

Off A746, Whithorn, DG8 8PY, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • £4.50
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 10:30–5

Updated 10/08/2013

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