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Whithorn Parish Church

This church is situated very near the ruins of Whithorn Priory. It’s very Presbyterian in appearance.

Whithorn Parish Church Exterior

The interior has some stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass in Whithorn Parish Church

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory was a mediæval Priory in Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway. The area was once the cradle of Christianity in Scotland but the building is now a ruin.

The bringer of Christianity, St Ninian, died in Whithorn and is thought to have been buried here, the Priory growing up around his shrine.

Remains of Priory from access lane:-

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory

Information board:-

Information Board, Whithorn Priory


Whithorn Priory, Interior

Interior, Whithorn Priory

Carved stone in grounds:-

Carved Stone at Whithorn Priory


Doorway, Whithorn Priory


Whithorn Priory, Detail on Doorway

Exterior ruins:-

Whithorn Priory, Exterior Ruins

Whithorn War Memorial

Whithorn’s War Memorial is a hexagonal column surmounted by a globe, rising from a hexagonal plinth on succesively larger hexagonal bases. It stands in the middle of the main street.

The dedication reads, “The men from the Royal Burgh and Parish of Whithorn whose names are written here gave their lives for their country in the Great Wars 1914 – 1919, 1939 – 1945.” The upper tier of names, just above the plinth is for the war of 1939-1945:-

Whithorn War Memorial

War Memorial, Whithorn

Names, Whithorn War Memorial

Upper Sorbie War Memorial

Sorbie is in the former Wigtownshire part of Dumfries and Galloway. I foun dafterr getting home from our visit tio the southeast that here is also a memorial for Sorbie Parish in the town of Garlieston a few miles east of this.

Upper Sorbie’s War Memorial is in the form of a Celtic Cross surmounting a plinth.

Upper Sorbie War Memorial

The inscription reads, “Pro Patria 1914 1918. To the glory of God and in memory of the men from the upper district of Sorbie Parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War.”
Below, “1939 – 1945. Pte James Kevan.”

Upper Sorbie War Memorial Dedication

Great War names:-

Upper Sorbie War Memorial Names

Names, Upper Sorbie War Memorial

Kirkinner War Memorial

Kirkinner is in the former Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway a few miles south of Wigtown itself.

Its War Memorial is in the form of a large (mortared) cairn embossed with a circular shield and is inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1919.” Below the names it reads, “1914 Their name liveth for ever 1919.”

Kirkinner War Memorial

A Front Garden in Wigtown

It’s amazing what you see when wandering about a town on an early summer’s evening.

A train track in someone’s garden.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get far enough back to get it all in one photo:-

Garden Train Track In Wigtown

Wigtown Garden Train Track

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle is a ruined tower house which lies beside the A 75 a few miles south-east of Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway.

Its car park also doubles as one for the cafe/restaurant which occupies what was once its courtyard:-

Carsluith Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle from side

Carsluith Castle Upper Levels


Carsluith Castle "Battlements"

Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Castle stands on a promontory overlooking the Fleet estuary near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

As I recall there’s quite a steep though short climb from the car park at the side of the road up to the castle.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet

Cardoness Castle


Cardoness Castle Interior

The lintel here makes a good perch!

Cardoness Castle Interior + Bird

Cardoness Castle Ruins

Fleet estuary from top of castle:-

Fleet estuary, Dumfries and Galloway

Gatehouse of Fleet. (I’ve posted pictures of the village before):-

Gatehouse of Fleet

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 56: Mutehill

This is possibly more moderne than Deco. A house off the A 711, just south of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

It’s possibly very recently built.

The White House Mutehill

Art Deco Style. The White House Mutehill

The White House Mutehill, Art Deco Style House

Dundrennan Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey was the place where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland before fleeing over the Solway Firth to England, imprisonment and eventual execution. She didn’t sleep in the Abbey itself but in the commendator’s house in the west range.

Dundrennan Abbey from the car park:-

Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey ruins from side:-

Dundrennan Abbey Ruins From Side

Walls and west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Walls


Dundrennan Abbey, Arches

More Arches, Dundrennan Abbey

Choir screen – now detached and situated in the west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey Choir Screen

Carved graveslab:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Carved Graveslab

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