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The Pend

Whithorn, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1046835)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “The history and sense of time and place of the venue.”

    It was an extraordinary place to stay - like stepping back in time. If only walls could talk!!

    It was an extraordinary place to stay - like stepping back in time. If only walls could talk!!

    - Mrs Lindsay, July 2021

The property

This lovingly restored gatehouse to the Priory at Whithorn, can be found in the centre of the former Royal Burgh of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Pend is a remarkable listed building, and a National Trust for Scotland property in a central location for discovering The Machars and the Galloway Forest Park.

Offering traditional accommodation for four guests, this property is ideal for a couple, small family or group wanting to explore this fascinating region of Scotland.

This property exudes history and rests next door to The Priory, which once housed the relics of St Ninian, who died in 431 AD.

Parking is available on a neighbouring driveway and as you enter the property, you will discover a living/dining room, the first of two reception rooms, with a large exposed stone feature fireplace, housing a woodbrning stove, with cosy furniture careful placed in front, stunning dark wooden beams on the ceiling and a dining table, where the whole group can gather to enjoy a meal, prepared in the compact but well-equipped kitchen.

There is a family bathroom with a bath and hand held shower, where you can get ready for each day, while upstairs are two bedrooms; a twin room with back-to-back beds, maximising the space in the room, as well as a stunning king-size, four-poster double bedroom, complete with stunning 17th century windows that open out onto the street.

There is a second sitting room on this floor, with exposed wooden flooring, ornate furniture and a TV you can enjoy watching.

Outside is a rear, enclosed courtyard with furniture, where you can enjoy an alfresco breakfast or morning coffee, before heading into the town centre, where a selection of shops and pubs can be found less than a mile away.

Whithorn is an Outstanding Conservation Area and one of Scotland's oldest settlements, home to Scotland's first Christian church, built in 397 AD by St Ninian, whose shrine can be visited at Whithorn Priory, following in the footsteps of many medieval pilgrims.

Here you will find a visitors centre and stunning carved stone displays, while along the coast, you can see the isolated cave of St Ninian's Cave, thought to be a hideaway for the saint.

Explore The Machars peninsula and discover quaint villages, rugged coastline, idyllic harbours and lovely sandy beaches.

Head to Scotland's national book town, Wigtown to find French-style architecture, quirky shops, bookshops and tearooms and venture north towards the Galloway Forest Park to enjoy scenic walking and cycling trails through the largest forest in the UK and Scotland's first Dark Sky Park.

An incredible, historic property to base your next getaway to this fascinating part of Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1046834 & 1044477, together sleeping 12 guests.


  • 2 bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • First-floor sitting room
  • Oil fired central heating with underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Parking on neighbouring driveway
  • Enclosed rear courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: Master bedroom accessed by an additional set of stairs

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About the location


Castlewigg 2 miles; Wigtown 10.5 miles; Newton Stewart 17 miles.

The former Royal Burgh of Whithorn on the Machars Peninsula in Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for having the first recorded Christian church is Scotland. Built by St Ninian around 397, the site of the Candida Casa, or White/Shining House, is now home to the parish church. The area of Whithorn is rich in history and is also home to a medieval priory and an archaeological site. The distinctive shape of Whithorn, with its spacious central area and narrow entrance-ways of elegant Georgian houses, displays its medieval heritage. The Machars and Rhins of Galloway are also home to spectacular gardens, a result of the Gulf Stream and mild climate. Logan Botanic Gardens, the Aldouran Wetland and the spectacular gardens of Castle Kennedy are all a must see. To the north of the Machars are the Galloway Hills, offering walking to all levels as well as world class mountain biking. Golf, fishing and wildlife spotting are well catered for and the sandy beaches of Monrieth, Garleston, and along the whole of Luce Bay will delight any visitor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas