Whithorn to Rispain

Walking Route

Whithorn to Rispain


Whithorn to Rispain Camp is a short walk, leaving from a gate behind the Whithorn Priory Church on Bruce Street, and going across country to Rispain, an Iron Age fortified farmstead.

There are options to continue the walk to the south through woodland (known as New England plantation) and to Claymoddie. Local people also take a northwards dogleg on an informal woodland path from Rispain shelter belt towards California farm. The walk is not demanding, but may sometimes be muddy in winter; some stretches are fenced and cattle may be present.

On Rispain, the walk turns north through woodland and then across a bridge towards the Iron Age camp. If you choose to cross to New England, the walk is across another small bridge and through the shelter belt towards Claymoddie farm, where you may either walk to Whithorn on the road, or go onwards to St Ninian’s Cave and the coast to the south.

1.5mi / 2km
Total climb:
131ft / 40m
Total descent:
98ft / 30m
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What you'll see

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.

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.

Rispain Camp - Whithorn

Ancient, Ruins

Rispain Camp was excavated in the 1970’s and 1980’s.