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Architecturally, Whithorn, with its two-storeyed town houses and wide main street, comes as something of a surprise, after the visitor has passed through the traditional strip villages of Sorbie and Kirkinner, and through the countryside dotted with single cottages and groups of farm buildings. The underlying explanation for Whithorn's more urban feel is that you are indeed now entering a town: Whithorn, like Wigtown, is a Royal Burgh and has traditionally been a capital for the South Machars.
Whithorn's chief historical treasure, however, can only be glimpsed from George Street : the mediaeval Priory, archaeological site and Museum of Christian stones are hidden from view, and the early Christian (Fifth century) heart of Whithorn was probably sited on the gentle rise at the top of Bruce Street.
Further up Bruce Street , facing the archaeological site, is the museum, (The Whithorn Trust) containing one of the most important collection of carved and inscribed Christian stones in Scotland.