Chapel Finian
Chapel Finian
The foundation walls are all that remains of a small chapel associated with St Finian. The chapel is set within a walled enclosure, in typical Irish style. The chapel may have been built as a haven for pilgrims making their way to St Ninian's shrine at Whithorn from the nearby landing place on the shore of Luce Bay.

The chapel is entered by a single doorway, which leads to a single cell enclosure. Excavations inside the foundations revealed the remains of a bench built of wood and stone set against one wall. The foundations measure 6.7 x 4.1 metres internally and show signs of external buttressing.

The wall is 0.7 metres wide and up to a meter high in places. The site is enclosed within a drystone wall which may pre-date the chapel, and there is also a well inside the perimeter wall. The well water was traditionally thought to have healing qualities.

St Finian's Chapel may date to the 10th or 11th century and may have been built on the site of an earlier chapel.

As for Finian himself, he was a 6th-century contemporary of St Columba and may have been a native of Galloway. Some historians believe that the name Finian derives from Uinniau, a 6th-century bishop who helped establish Christianity in south-west Scotland. Uinniau has also been identified as St Ninian, whose cult flourished at Whithorn.

The chapel is directly beside the road, with easy parking almost opposite.