Mochrum to Whithorn

Walking Route

Mochrum to Whithorn


This is section 12 of the Whithorn Way, one of the important final sections of the 149-mile long distance walking route from Glasgow Cathedral to Whithorn Priory.

The route follows in the foosteps of pilgrims to Whithorn in the Middle Ages, when Whithorn’s shrine to St Ninian became one of the most frequented in Scotland, offering miracles of healing and forgiveness. The route is one of several to Whithorn followed by mediaeval pilgrims – this is the westerly route from Glasgow, but there were also routes from Edinburgh, the North of England, and by sea from Ireland, the Isle of Man and beyond.

Many of our modern roads follow the pilgrim routes of the past. This section of route is on quiet back roads, passing the Monreith Estate and Drumtroddan Stones, before arriving at the north end of Whithorn. It starts at pretty Mochrum village, with its T-plan Kirk which has a laird’s loft. For lodging and local shops, Port William on the coast is a couple of miles from Mochrum.

At Mochrum, you may visit the pudding-basin-shaped Motte of Druchtag, once the basis for a wooden castle, perhaps for one of the Dark Age lords of Galloway or one of the Norman lords being imported to tame Galloway in the 12th Century. You will pass the White loch of Myrton, glimpsed through the trees, where there is also a circular walk, the ruins of Myrton Castle, and (privately owned) Monreith House, associated with the Maxwells of Monreith. Gavin Maxwell, famed for the “Ring of Bright Water” trilogy about his life in the West Highlands with an otter, grew up in the neighbourhood and first let his otter swim in the waters of the White Loch.

You will pass an access path to the Standing Stones of Drumtroddan, dating to the second or third Millennium BC and cup and ring marks from the Neolithic or Early Bronze Age. The road enters Whithorn just after the large dairy farm, with the tell-tale name of Bishopton. The main street is at its widest point at the access to the Priory, a fitting theatre for pilgrims gathering before entering the precincts of the Monastery.

The Pend, with its Royal Coat of Arms of Scotland above, was once the gatehouse to the monastery, dividing the sacred world within from the secular world outside. Pilgrims have progressed up Bruce Street for over a Millennium, towards the top of the hill, where the remains of the mediaeval Priory are located. You will pass the Whithorn Visitor Centre, where you can see an exhibition of artefacts, the Priory Museum on Bruce Street (where the oldest written and Christian monument in Scotland can be seen), the Whithorn Roundhouse and excavation field, before reaching the Priory (and crypts beneath, where pilgrims flocked to touch the remains of St. Ninian).

8.5mi / 14km
Total climb:
328ft / 100m
Total descent:
262ft / 80m
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What you'll see

Druchtag Motte - Mochrum


Druchtag Motte is a pudding basin manmade hill, at the north end of Mochrum village.

White Loch of Myrton - Port William

Ancient, Castles & Stately Homes, Ruins

The White Loch, believed to be magical, is part of the Monreith Estate, owned by the Maxwells since the 17th Century. It is the site…

Drumtroddan Standing Stones - Port William

Ancient, Roman & Iron Age

The Drumtroddan Stones are around 400 years old.

Whithorn Roundhouse - Whithorn

Ancient, Early Christian

Whithorn Roundhouse is a full-scale replica Iron Age roundhouse based on excavated examples dating to around 430BC

Whithorn Priory and Museum - Newton Stewart

Early Christian, Religious Buildings, Ruins

Whithorn Priory ruins are the remains of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Scotland.

Whithorn Priory Ruins - Whithorn

Early Christian, Religious Buildings, Ruins

Whithorn Priory ruins are the remains of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Scotland.

The Whithorn Trust - Newton Stewart

Visitor Attractions

The Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre has an exhibition of artefacts which were discovered during excavations in the 1980s -1990s.

The Pend, Whithorn - Whithorn

Buildings, Early Christian, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues

Once the gatehouse to the monastery, the Pend is the arched building which leads to the sacred precincts of the Priory.