Walk 3-3: Every name tells a story: St Ninans Cave to Isle of Whithorn

Discover the stories behind the coastline between St Ninian’s Cave and the Isle of Whithorn, where the rugged coast-line of Burrow Head provides spectacular views, and the meaning of place names reveal stories of lucky escapes and pilgrimages or mark good fishing spots and the haunts of seabirds.


This walk will be accompanied by a coastal ranger who will explain place names as well as looking at the wildlife, archaeology and geology of the area. Expect stunning views across the Solway to the Isle of Man and Cumbria, unusual coastal plants and perhaps a glimpse of a grey seal or even an otter.

The walk starts down a track through the wooded Physgill Glen to view St Ninian’s cave followed by a cliff top path, which passes the sites of ancient forts, World War 2 defences and film locations used for the 1973 Wickerman.

The route then follows the cliff edge on a narrow path before descending through fields to the Isle of Whithorn where refreshments in the village visitor centre or local pubs are available.


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Register from 07:45
Depart at 08:15
Travel time 45 minutes
Start from NX 431 366
End at NX 478 363
Return travel time 45 minutes
Return by 14:45
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 3-3: Every name tells a story: St Ninans Cave to Isle of Whithorn