Whitekirk which is 5miles (8km) from North Berwick on the road to Dunbar has been a place of pilgrimage since the 1300s. At that time the 12th century church was covered in limewash giving the village its name. In 1413 some 15,653 pilgrims travelled to Whitekirk which had a well said to contain healing waters. Unfortunately, the well no longer exists!
In 1914 a group of Suffragettes set fire to the church at Whitekirk to draw attention to their campaign for votes for women. The substantial stone walls survived but the inside was destroyed. Thankfully the church underwent a period of restoration.
What to see and do
Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims and admire the Whitekirk (which is no longer covered in limewash!)
Next to the church is the tithe barn which is now a private house and built from the stones from the pilgrims’ hostel in 1540.
Visit or better still stay at Whitekirk Hill. Set in spectacular countryside are incredible self-catering lodges, an award-winning spa, an Orangery & Terrace serving fine local produce and a children’s adventure play barn.