In the eighth century, Bede wrote of Whithorn as a shrine established
three centuries before his time: "an episcopal see, called
after S. Martin the bishop, and famous on account of the church
where he rests in body, along with many other saints. The place
belongs to the province of the Bernicians (Northumbrians) and is
commonly called The White House. It received this name because he
built the church there of stone, not a common practice among the
Archaeologists have established that in the fifth century, the
early Christian settlement at Whithorn had contacts with Gaul, a
sophisticated church hierarchy, and was importing fine wines and
pottery to a thriving and literate community, which was in touch
with a movement of Christian ideas and art coming from Europe and
beyond. As such, Whithorn is quite possibly Scotland's earliest
town. Later, in the middle ages, the burgh of Whithorn thrived as the shrine
was visited by Scottish Kings and Queens; from Robert the Bruce
to Mary Queen of Scots, and by thousands of pilgrims.
Our tradition of welcome is 1500 years old. Come to Whithorn and experience
Machars Visitors Guide
Our fourth Machars-Rhins Guide for 2014 is now available ! Our distributors are delivering throughout the South of Scotland and Northern England in time for Easter and we are delivering via our volunteers to local venues in Dumfries and Galloway.
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Download The Machars Visitors Guide (7MB) in PDF format.
DG Zero Waste Volunteers
The Dumfries and Galloway Zero Waste Volunteer Programme started in January 2012. It is part of the Zero Waste Volunteer Programme which is being run throughout Scotland and aims to help Scotland become the first zero waste society in the world.