Pilgrimage plans for Whithorn

A local politician has tabled a debate in Holyrood proposing to create a pilgrimage to Whithorn. The small Galloway town is known as the first Christian site in Scotland.

Scotland's first Saint key to new tourist attraction in Galloway

Scotland's first Saint could be the key to a new tourist attraction for a small Galloway town. After a local politician tabled a debate in Holyrood proposing to create a pilgrimage to Whithorn.

Dr Aileen McLeod has joined with historian James Brown in the hope to develop a network of routes all leading to the site where St Ninian first set foot in the country.

Fiona McIlwraith reports:

Withorn pilgrimage would 'raise profile' of the area

A local politician has tabled a debate in Holyrood proposing to create a pilgrimage to Whithorn.

The small Galloway town is known as the first Christian site in Scotland.

"There will be real benefit for the Royal burgh of Whithorn, for the machars of Galloway and for the whole of the south west of Scotland to be able to benefit from that, and it's not just for Whithorn, there are also some very historical sites along the route, so it's a way of raising the profile of, the historical profile, the cultural profile, the economic profile of Whithorn as the cradle of christianity in Scotland."

– Aileen McLeod MSP, South Scotland, SNP

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Pilgrimages could 'bring £2million' to the local economy

A local politician has tabled a debate in Holyrood proposing to create a pilgrimage to Whithorn.

St Ninian's Chapel Credit: ITV News Border

The small Galloway town is known as the first Christian site in Scotland.

St Ninian's Chapel Credit: ITV News Border

Dr Aileen McLeod has joined with historian James Brown to help develop a network of routes, all leading to Whithorn.

James Brown, historian Credit: ITV News Border

Mr Brown said: "We only need 7,000 pilgrims, staying six nights on that journey, and it would bring £2million into the local economy. Pilgrimage tourism is very big worldwide, it doesn't exist in Scotland. If we had it, it's a resilient form of tourism, it's slow tourism, it's sustainable tourism."

Pilgrimage proposed for Whithorn

A local politician has tabled a debate in Holyrood proposing to create a pilgrimage to Whithorn.

The small Galloway town is known as the first Christian site in Scotland.

Dr Aileen McLeod has joined with historian James Brown to help develop a network of routes all leading to Whithorn.