maybole To Whithorn Direct

Source South West

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

Old Luce Parish Church, Glenluce

This is a T-plan building, constructed in 1814. It was substantially altered in 1967.

This site is featured in Scotland’s Churches Trust guide book South-west Scotland, reference number 117.

You can see more details on the SCT website.

Glenluce Abbey

Glenapp Parish Church

Ballantrae Parish Church

Kennedy Burial Aisle, Ballantrae

Girvan South Parish Church

Girvan North Parish Church

The Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Girvan

Girvan Methodist Church

Dailly Parish Church

Crossraguel Abbey

The former Maybole Parish Church

The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Cuthbert, Maybole

St Oswald’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Maybole

Maybole Parish Church (The Carrick Centre)

By Cycle

Rejoin NCN 7 which takes you all the way to Newton Stewart (after Glentrool village, as you reach the Water of Minnoch, turn right  instead of crossing Stroan bridge on the Gatehouse of Fleet route), entering through Minnigaff, past Monigaff church. Be warned – this section of the route is 35 miles, with Crosshill (3 miles out from Maybole) being the only source of sustenance.

Public transport information can be found on the Traveline website.

As the crow flies the direct way to Whithorn is from Girvan by Glentrool Forest to Newton Stewart, a wild and secluded route to this day. But there is more evidence of pilgrims keeping by the coast to experience the churches and the hospitable inns by the sea.

Stranraer is not only a departure point for Ireland but gateway to the Rhinns of Galloway. This peninsular has its own fragile aura, bathed in eastern light and replete with early Christian sites, carved stones and sanctuaries. A circuit, taking in the Mull, has the feel of an island, ringed by more than thirty churches and ancient chapels.

In addition to the Whithorn influence the Rhinns are close to Ireland and a natural stopping place on the western seaways between Wales, the Isle of Man, Ireland and the Hebrides. Among many evocative sites are the carved stones at Kirkmadrine, the medieval Church of Kirkmaiden with the nearby cave and chapel of St Medana, Chapel Patrick at Portpatrick, St Mary’s at Kilmorie and St Columba’s Chapel at Kirkcolm. In addition to the present day churches, Soulseat Abbey on the neck of the peninsular is a reminder of the remarkable religious heritage of this small yet special area.

East of the Rhinns is Glenluce Abbey which is the gathering point for the approach to Whithorn. Walkers can still arrive here from the standing stones at Laggancairn with their pilgrim crosses, and the nearby chapel and Wells of the Rees at Kilgallioch. On gentler contours continue into the Machars by Chapel Finian (an arrival point for seaborne pilgrims) to Whithorn.

Is this detour a diversion
Or the purpose of our journey?
How many generations
Came before us? 
Is this Mull the end 
Or the beginning?
Have we arrived here
or only passing through?
No abiding home,
Yet suddenly held
In light on waves
Seeing eternity.

St Mary, St Patrick
St Bride, St Medan
St Cuthbert, St Donnan,
St Finian, St Columba,
St Catherine, St Ninian
St Molaise, St John,
Go with you.

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