Newton Stewart
Whithorn The Essential
Whithorn precedes the Isle of Iona by 150 years as birthplace of Scottish Christianity. This modest village is the hub of the Machars dairy-farming region. In 397, St Ninian established the first Christian mission north of Hadrian's Wall here, while the Roman legions still occupied Britain. He erected a small stone church known as the Candida Casa, or White House, which was Scotland's first Christian building.