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Whithorn Way

Whithorn Way

The Whithorn Way is a newly mapped 143 mile walking and cycling route, which follows much of the westerly pilgrimage route from Glasgow Cathedral to Whithorn. This route was travelled by pilgrims for well over 1000 years, and the Church of St John the Baptist was a regular calling point along the way. 

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Further Reading

Further Reading

The Tale of a Scottish Tower

Yolanda McCall, Eglinton Publishing House, Ayr (2017)

The Army in Cromwellian England, 1649-1660

Henry Reece, Oxford University Press (2013) 

Excavations in Ayr 1984-1987

David Perry, Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (2012)

Ayr Past & Present

Dane Love, Sutton Publishing, Stroud (2003)

Ayr Stories,

Dane Love, Fort Publishing, Ayr (2000)

The History of Ayr, Royal Burgh and County Town

John Strawhorn, John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh (1989)

750 years of a Scottish School, Ayr Academy 1233-1983

John Strawhorn, Alloway Publishing Ltd., Ayr (1983)

The Regimental History of Cromwell's Army

Sir Charles Firth and Godfrey Davies, Clarendon Press, Oxford (1940)

An Ancient Church, The Pre-Reformation Church of St. John the Baptist Ayr

Archibald Mackenzie, printed by the Ayrshire Post Ltd. (1935)

The Obit Book of the Church of St. John the Baptist, Ayr

James Paterson, Kessinger Legacy Reprints (1848)



  • Gif reconstruction images kindly provided by Andrew Spratt

  • Extract of John Slezer's Theatrum Scotiae, 1693, reproduced by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland

  • Representation of Cromwell's Citadel Ayr, reproduced by kind permission of the artist, Robert Nelmes

  • Stone collection photos from the Scotland's Urban Past project

  • All other images are property of FrOST members

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