Part 2 – Whithorn to South Queensferry

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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.  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 to Paisley and Glasgow, then mainly along canal paths and quiet roads to Falkirk, Linlithgow and South Queensferry, where it picks up St Margaret’s Way for the remaining 65 kms to St Andrews. All in all about 700 kms of diverse and spectacular scenery.

Here, Part 2 shows St Ninian’s Way from Whithorn to South Queensferry and Includes sections waymarked and promoted as the John Muir Way , Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Whithorn Way.

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Whithorn to Mochrum

Length: 15 km

Passing through rich farmland and forestry with great views over to the Mulls of Galloway and the mountains of Mourne in Southern Ireland, this 13th section of St Ninian's Way starts in Whithorn and travels west along the B 7071 for 10 km to Y junction near Drumtroddan Standing Stones. ...

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Mochrum to Glenluce

Length: 26 km

A dramatically diverse and hilly section through farm and moorland with views to the south over Luce Bay, this 14th section of St Ninian's Way starts in Mochrum, heading west 5 km to arrive at Elrig, then go north 10 km and turn left onto track which goes south of ...

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Glenluce to New Luce

Length: 8 km

Passing the ruins of Glenluce Abbey and proceeding north along the Water of Luce, this section of St Ninian's Way starts at the crossroads of Glenluce. It heads north- west along road and track for 2 km to Glenluce Abbey, then continues along east bank of the Water of Luce ...

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New Luce to Barrhill

Length: 21 km

Over the hills and along forest trails, this 16th section of St Ninian’s Way starts from New Luce with the Waters of Luce to the West. Head up into the hills north and slightly east to arrive at the Cross Waters of Luce (4 km). Keep heading North, with the ...

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Barrhill to Colmonell

Length: 12 km

Undulating tracks along river valleys, this 16th section of St Ninian’s way starts from Barrhill and, crossing the A714, go north for 300m to the bridge over the Duisk River. Cross bridge and turn left along wood and, keeping the river on your left, arrive at Behamage (3 km). Take ...

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Colmonell to Girvan

Length: 17 km

Steep and hilly then coastal path, this 18th section of St Ninian’s Way starts at the crossroads of Colmonell. Go north onto track and past ruined castle to join the main road B734 again (200 m turn right along road and cross bridge (100 m). Leave road and take track ...

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Girvan to Maybole

Length: 24 km

Following coastal path and then into the Ayrshire hills, this 19th section of St Ninian’s Way starts at the centre of Girvan on the signposted Ayrshire Coastal Path. Go north along the coast to Dipple (6km) . Join the A77 briefly and then continue along the coast on ACP to ...

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Maybole to Ayr

Length: 24 km

Through the hills and along the coast, then inland through famous Burns landmarks, this 20th section of St Ninian’s Way starts from the centre of Maybole. Follow Bike route 7 north-west to crossroads (1km). Continue across and up hillside on track to sharp bend (2.5km). Leave bike route 7 and ...

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Ayr to Troon

Length: 11 km

Following the coast in Burns country, this 21st section of St Ninian’s Way starts in the centre of Ayr. At the south end of the Auld Brig cross over the river and then go left to join the A719 (50 m). Pick up the signposts for Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) ...

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Troon to Kilwinning

Length: 20 km

Flattish but with great variation, this 22nd section of St Ninian’s Way starts at Troon old parish church . Go South along West Portland Street to the coast and pick up the Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) after 100 m. Proceed west to the point(2km) and then back East along the ...

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Kilwinning to Lochwinnoch

Length: 20 km

Undulating through hills and along lochs, this 23rd section of St Ninian’s Way starts at the old Abbey were you pick up National Cycle Route 7 going north all the way to Lochwinnoch. From Kilwinning, the path proceeds along the west bank of the River Garnock to bridge (1 km). ...

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Lochwinnoch to Paisley

Length: 16 km

Along a scenic and signposted footpath, this 24th section of St Ninian’s Way starts beside Castle Semple Loch and proceeds to a bridge over a motorway (6Km). Then it continues north along Black Cart Water to another bridge(2 km). You then cross bridge and continue along track to Elderslie (1.5km), ...

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Paisley to Glasgow

Length: 21 km

Quiet and varied with great views over the Clyde, this 25th section of St Ninian’s way starts at Paisley Abbey. Go north onto Bridge Street, turn left and cross the White Cart Water (200 m). Turn right up Moss Street, and then on to Love Street (600m)), and then continue ...

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Glasgow centre to Kirkintilloch

Length: 18 km

Mainly along a canal towpath, this 26th section of St Ninian’s Way is mainly on the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath all the way to Kirkintilloch, passing a nature reserve and running parallel with Antonine Wall. Starting at Glasgow Cathedral, go west to join Castle Street, then North for 400 ...

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Kirkintilloch to Falkirk

Length: 28 km

From tramping Roman legionary along historic wall to towering engineering marvel for canal navigation, this 27th section of St Ninian’s Way starts on the Forth and Clyde Canal tow path where it is joined by the John Muir Way from the north, and continues along JMW all the way to ...

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Falkirk to Linlithgow

Length: 15 km

Through stately parkland and along canal towpath, this 28th section of St Ninian’s Way starts at Falkirk railway station and town centre and continues along John Muir Way to Callendar House and Park (1 km) . Enter park and go south passing house to join Union Canal (1 km) then ...

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Linlithgow to South Queensferry

Length: 24 km

With views onto historic palaces and the three great bridges crossing the Forth, this 29th section of St Ninian’s Way starts from the centre of Linlithgow and proceeds go west along Royal Terrace and over the railway line (700 m). Go north to High Street (100 m), then left for ...

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