St Ninian's Cave

  • Physgill, near Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway



Experience the solitude of a sea-side cave said to be the hideaway of an early Christian saint.

Tradition holds that St Ninian’s Cave was the hermitage of its eponymous saint. This can’t be verified, but it may well have functioned as a retreat from the monastery at Whithorn.

Ten crosses are cut into the cave wall itself, and 18 early Christian carved stones have been found in the cave. They can now be found at Whithorn Priory and Museum.

Opening times

St Ninian's Cave is currently closed to allow for conservation works.

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