St Ninian's Cave

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INFO AS OF AUGUST 2023: St. Ninian's Cave is currently closed for conservation work.

Bishop Ninian (Nynia), acting on a directive from the Roman emperor Constantine to spread Christianity throughout Scotland, established his church, Ad Candida Casa, 'The White House' ('Hwiterne' in Anglo-Saxon), in nearby Whithorn Village in about 400AD.

This gentle walk leads down to St Ninian's Cave at Port Castle Bay. Bishop Ninian is said often to have used the cave as a retreat and it has been a site of pilgrimage since the eighth century. On clear days the Isle of Man to the left and the Mull of Galloway to the right, may be seen from Port Castle Bay.

Please note that there are no refreshments available on this walk.

For local weather forecasts and other relevant information and services go to for Galloway Mountain Rescue's excellent website.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Coast


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7/30/2023 - Patricia Daw

30.7.23 Easy walk. Took us less than an hour. St Ninians cave is no longer accessible it says but.... ??

11/16/2016 - john stanier

The farmer has provided a path at the back of the farm (signed) to avoid the lane past the farm which was busy with tractors etc and could be a safety hazard it emerges at the sign to the cave straight across the road and down a country path as described. the car park has a honest box with a 50p charge. well worth the effort watch out for a rough pebbled beach