The Whithorn Trust

Whithorn is the site where the earliest evidence of Christian settlement, practice and worship has been found in Scotland. The Whithorn Trust runs the archaeological site, which includes a permanent exhibition showing the different peoples who occupied the site over 1500 years, temporary exhibitions including items from National Museums Scotland each year, a Museum (in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland) of early mediaeval carved Christian stones, and the ruins of the Priory and its crypts. In addition, there is a full-scale Iron Age roundhouse, based on archaeological excavations from 2013-2019, yielding evidence from a settlement nearby and dated to approximately 450BC; the roundhouse is accessible through guided tours at regular intervals throughout the day.

The site is open from March 31st (or Easter if earlier) to October 31st each year; tickets include all parts of the site and are valid for one year. The Trust has a coffee shop which serves light lunches and home baking made on the premises and a shop which sells local crafts.