The Protestant Reformation of 1560 led to the gradual decline of Whithorn. Even so, Pilgrimages continued sometime after the Reformation. However, an act of parliament, passed in 1581, rendered Pilgrimages illegal.
Pilgrims from the Dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church still visit Whithorn and celebrate the Feast of St Ninian, (16th September) where Mass is held on the beach at St Ninian’s Cave on the last Sunday in August by the Diocese of Galloway. All welcome. www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk
In 2012, Paisley Abbey www.paisleyabbey.org.uk marked their 850th Anniversary of the establishment of Paisley Abbey by organising an Ecumenical Pilgrimage from the Barochan Cross at Paisley Abbey to St Ninian’s Priory in Whithorn.
This proved to be such a success that the Whithorn Way was formed by like minded people in August 2014 at a meeting in Whithorn.
This 146 mile Pilgrimage route takes you from the vibrant and historical City of Glasgow to the Royal Burgh town of Whithorn, passing through stunning views, amazing scenery, beautiful sandy beaches, and a plethora of history with magnificent buildings.
Why walk on a Pilgrimage?
Some say to walk to a Holy place or Shrine. Others say, to cross the fields, to touch the Sacred, and to learn the Mystery.
The Whithorn Way is a journey of people with faith or none. Enjoy the history, the countryside, meet the community, have a wonderful journey, and create your very own long lasting memories.
Walk the Whithorn Way takes you through a wonderful historical journey to Whithorn. Where you walk from Glasgow and see the stunning scenery of woodlands, beaches, hills with an amazing array of flora and fauna.
The Walk the Whithorn Way is divided into 13 sections.
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