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Whithorn Way

229 km / 142 miles

Dumfries & Galloway, Glasgow, N Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, S Ayrshire
Planned to be opened at Easter 2018

A pilgrimage route between Glasgow and Whithorn Priory in Dumfries and Galloway following wherever possible already established paths and cycleways, This is a walk in the footsteps of past pilgrims to reach St Ninianís shrine, one of Scotlandís earliest Christian sites, that brought travellers, traders, pilgrims and royalty to Whithorn for more than 1,000 years.

The route heads from Glasgow south west to reach the Ayshire coast at Irvine and follows the coast path south beyond Girvan to turn inland and along the Water of Luce to reach the undulating country of the Machars peninsula and finally the Whithorn Priory near the southern coast of Dumfries and Galloway.

The trail makes extensive use of the National Cycle & Path Route 7 and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. At other points Scottish Core Paths form the majority of the trail.

There are 12 sections of the walk between Glasgow St Mungo's Cathedral and the Priory in Whithorn. In addition there is a further section that takes in a days walk from the Priory to St Ninian's Cave and the Isle of Whithorn. All section of the route have walking instructions which can be purchased as a pdf document by making a donation and sent by e-mail to the purchaser's inbox. Information is online on the link below,


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Other Paths; Average Gradients; Coastal; Pilgrimage; Religious
NS577668 - Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow
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NX443403 - Whithorn Priory Remains, Dumfries & Galloway
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Route Profile:

228.9 Km (142.2 miles)
2,778 m (9,114 ft) ascent
275 m (902 ft)  maximum height