St Ninian's Chapel
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Internally the chapel is divided into two sections; a nave roughly 17' square, and a much smaller square chancel. It stands within a semi-circular enclosure, a rough oval about 110 feet long that may belong to an earlier Celtic period of use, perhaps as a burial ground. The chapel ruins were restored by the Marquess of Bute in 1898.
The location on the edge of the cliffs is utterly magnificent.
Pilgrims would arrive on the shore below and make their way up to the little chapel to give thanks for a safe passage. You can still see a medieval stone bench provided so weary pilgrims could sit and rest, looking over the seascape below.
St Ninian's Chapel was just one popular stopping place for pilgrims travelling to Whithorn Priory. Other nearby pilgrim sites include St Ninian's Cave, Laggangairn Standing Stones, and Chapel Finian on the western coast of the Whithorn peninsula.
In a touching continuation of the pilgrim tradition, modern visitors can add stones to a Witness Cairn by the entrance to the Chapel field. Next to the Witness Cairn is a bench erected in memory of fishermen who died when the 'Solway Harvester' sank in 2000.
There is a parking area by the harbour, at the end of the A747. The Chapel is an open site, free to visit at any time.
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About St Ninian's Chapel
Address: Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the end of Main Street, Isle of Whithorn, on the east side of the harbour, five minutes walk from the pier.
Website: St Ninian's Chapel
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
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Whithorn Museum - 3.3 miles (Museum)
Whithorn Priory - 3.3 miles (Abbey)
St Ninian's Cave - 3.6 miles (Countryside)
Rispain Camp - 3.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cruggleton Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Galloway House Gardens - 5.8 miles (Garden)
Sorbie Tower - 6.9 miles (Castle)
Drumtroddan Standing Stones - 8.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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