St Ninian's Way (incl. GPX!)

Distance: 500 km Grade: ?

St Ninian's Way
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Description:

Another very long walk. You really don't have to do it all in one go! The St Ninian’s Way is dedicated to the memory of this early Christian saint and missionary, often known as the Apostle to the Southern Picts. There is as of yet little information on the difficulties of the terrain.

Starting at the ancient cathedral in Carlisle in England, St Ninian’s Way goes north across the border into Scotland and west to Whithorn and St Ninian’s Chapel. The Way proceeds north west and along the Ayrshire coast following the major part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path to Paisley and Glasgow, then mainly along canal paths and quiet roads tracking the John Muir Way to Falkirk, Linlithgow and  South Queensferry. From there on the St Margaret’s Way takes over for the remaining 65 kms to St Andrews.

All in all about 500-550 kms of diverse and spectacular scenery.

Stages (on the map):

  1. Start Part 1: Carlisle - Gretna 18 km
  2. Gretna - Annan 18 km
  3. Annan - Bankend 21 km
  4. Bankend - Dumfries 17 km
  5. Dumfries- Castle Douglas 28 km
  6. Castle Douglas - Kirkcudbright 17 km
  7. Kirkcudbright - Gatehouse of Fleet 22 km
  8. Gatehouse of Fleet - Creetown 19 km
  9. Creetown - Newton Stewart 12 km
  10. Newton Stewart - Wigtown 13 km
  11. Wigtown - Garlieston 14 km
  12. Garlieston - Whithorn 12 km (The Whithorn Circuit 13 km)
  13. Start Part 2: Whithorn - Mochrum 15 km
  14. Mochrum - Glenluce 26 km
  15. Glenluce - New Luce 8 km
  16. New Luce - Barrhill 21 km
  17. Barrhill - Colmonell 12 km
  18. Colmonell - Girvan 17 km
  19. Girvan - Maybole 24 km
  20. Maybole - Ayr 24 km
  21. Ayr - Troon 11 km
  22. Troon - Kilwinning 20 km
  23. Kilwinning - Lochwinnoch 20 km
  24. Lochwinnoch - Paisley 16 km
  25. Paisley - Glasgow 21 km
  26. Glasgow - Kirkintilloch 18 km
  27. Kirkintilloch - Falkirk 28 km
  28. Falkirk - Linlithgow 15 km
  29. Linlithgow - South Queensferry 24 km

For the remaining 65 kms to St Andrews you take the St Margaret’s Way: https://www.thewayofstandrews.com/route/routes-and-photos/st-margarets-way/