Top things to do in The Machars

Top Choice Museum in Whithorn

Whithorn Timescape

Ruined Whithorn Priory (Scotland's earliest recorded church) is part of this excellent complex, which introduces you to the history of the place with a very informative audiovisual and exhibition. A highlight is the…
Cafe in Wigtown


This bookshop is set around a brilliantly welcoming cafe serving decent coffee to prolong your reading time, as well as really delicious baking and other sweet treats. Soups, sandwiches and other light meals add a s…
Books in Wigtown

The Bookshop

This claims to be Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop, and has a great collection of Scottish and regional titles. The owner's Diary of a Bookseller tells it like it is.
Literature in Wigtown

Wigtown Book Festival

This major 10-day book festival is held in Wigtown. As well as events with writers, there's a poetry competition and programs for children and young adults.
Ruins in Isle of Whithorn

St Ninian's Chapel

The roofless 13th-century St Ninian's Chapel, probably built for pilgrims who landed nearby on their way to the shrine at Whithorn, sits evocatively on the windswept rocky headland. Modern-day pilgrims are invited t…
Pub in Wigtown


This attractive central bar has craft beer and a good atmosphere. It also does breakfasts, basic snacks and sandwiches during the day, and simple, cheap hot meals at night (as well as a Sunday roast). It regularly h…
Cave in Isle of Whithorn

St Ninian's Cave

Around Burrow Head, to the southwest but accessed off the A747 before you enter the Isle of Whithorn, is St Ninian's Cave, where the saint apparently went to pray. You can walk here along the coast from Isle of Whit…
Ruins in Wigtown

Torhouse Stone Circle

Four miles west of Wigtown, off the B733, this well-preserved ruin dates from the 2nd millennium BC.
Distillery in Wigtown

Bladnoch Distillery

Browsing books can be thirsty work, so it's fortunate that Bladnoch Distillery is just a couple of miles away from Wigtown, in the village of Bladnoch. Now Australian-owned, it wasn't open for tours at the time of r…