St Ninian’s Way

2-3 week pilgrimages, North West England, Scotland

St Ninian’s Way – 250 miles – 22 Days  – Carlisle to South Queensferry. Dedicated to St Ninian, the 4th Century Saint, and possibly the first Christian missionary to Scotland, this great pilgrimage way starts at 12th Century Carlisle Cathedral and goes north across the border into Scotland and west to St Ninian’s Chapel on the Isle of Whithorn and along the coast – and back 1600 years — to the unchanged  St Ninian’s Cave. The Way then sweeps through lush historic countryside and along the Ayrshire coast to Paisley Abbey. Then, through Glasgow and mainly along canal paths, quiet roads and along the 142AD Antonine Wall (the Scottish version of Hadrian’s Wall) to Falkirk, Linlithgow and South Queensferry. Here, the Way joins St Margaret’s Way and another 61 miles to the famous pilgrimage site of St Andrews. Among the many historic attractions along the way enjoy Sweetheart Abbey, Caerlaverock Castle and Roughcastle Roman fort on the Antonine Wall.

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