The Whithorn Trust was set up in 1986 to explore the archaeology and history of Whithorn, and to examine its role in the evolution of Christianity in Scotland. At the Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre, you’ll find a warm welcome from our friendly staff, who are happy to answer questions about local tourism attractions and guide you through your visit to our Museum and exhibition. The visit begins with an audio visual presentation, lasting approximately ten minutes, and you can then guide yourselve through the chronological display, which contains both original artefacts which were uncovered in the 1980’s and complete replicas, models and human figures. The site extends outdoors (a replica can be seen in the Iron Age Roundhouse) , where the former excavation field is grassed in, but you can visit the ruins of the Priory, enter the crypts where the tomb of St Ninian was visited by thousands of pilgrims before you, seeking cures and forgiveness, and then visit the Museum of inscribed Christian stones. Most importantly, you will see the earliest Christian monument in Scotland, dating from about 450AD : our staff, will give you a tour of the stones, or let you browse peacefully, listening to the audio guide available.
When it comes to religious digs, there are none more significant than that of the dig site at Whithorn! Hence the name, this is why the site itself has been called the ‘Cradle of Christianity’ Here at the visitor centre in Newton Stewart, you can learn not only about the more recent archeological digs, but also those from the 19th century. I found this attraction truly fascinating and there is so much to be learned not only about Christianity itself, but about those who have for 2000 years, faithfully followed and supported the Christian faith. Also because I only have a short amount of words to talk about this attraction and all of my chosen attractions, I also want to tell you about the great little cafe that is based at the visitor centre. No trip here is complete until you’ve tasted their freshly prepared soup and sandwiches, along with their deliciously baked cakes, scones and other tempting treats.