|St Ninian's Chapel - Isle of Whithorn|
Routes and paths taken by medieval pilgrims to Scotland's "cradle of Christianity" have been rediscovered and mapped out in a new study. Whithorn, in Dumfries and Galloway, is home to the earliest recorded Christian community in Scotland, and also contains a shrine to St Ninian.Dr Valentina Bold, director of the Solway Centre at the Glasgow University Dumfries Campus, said that the newly rediscovered routes would help fill out the back story of the area and add to its appeal for modern-day pilgrims. She said: "I think what it adds is something to the story of the pilgrims who visited the area. It also allows the modern would-be pilgrim to map out their own route. There are some wonderful, still active, sites. Walkers can pick out sites which they feel will be special to them and develop their own journey."
The rediscovered routes came from research undertaken by the University of Glasgow's Solway Centre, while working for the Whithorn Trust.
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