Walk: Cliff paths & pagans at Burrow Head

Dumfries & Galloway | Isle of Whithorn | Half day walk | ★★★

[View west from Burrow Head]

The Machars peninsula tapers to a single headland at Burrow Head, marking the southernmost tip of its 40-mile coastline. The Wicker Man was partly filmed here in the 1970s, though the prop of the wicker man statue which used to adorn the headland's high point is no longer present. Walking from pretty Isle of Whithorn village is an undramatic affair at first, crossing fields full of sheep and cattle with good views back over houses and bay. After a mile or so you crest a small rise and the coastline abruptly becomes much rockier, with seals often gazing up from the base of increasingly high cliffs.

[Cinnabar moth on the clifftop]

📌 Walk: Cliff paths & pagans at Burrow Head ★★★
Start / finish at car park at B7004 / B7063 junction, Isle of Whithorn, G.R.: NX 477365 ///stunning.originate.biggest

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 120 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Isle of Whithorn ★★; Burrow Head coastline
Terrain: Undulating grassy coast path, fairly rough and a little overgrown in parts.

Route & map

Car park & Isle of Whithorn - Burrow Head via coast path - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Cows and sheep on path through fields; roe deer, rabbits, cinnabar moths, seagulls and a few seals.
Weather: 20°C and mostly sunny with a moderate breeze; low cloud coming in off the sea for some of the outward leg.

Chronological photo guide

[Isle of Whithorn from near the start]

[Rabbit in the fields near the start]

[Sheep grazing near the start]

[Rocky coastal scenery at Dykefoot]

[Approach to Burrow Head]

[Fungi alongside the footpath]

[Looking east from near Burrow Head]

[Cinnabar moth]

[View west from Burrow Head]


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