Following in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims along the Whithorn Way

As the summer months roll in, many are booking up trips and jet-setting off in favour of sunnier climes—a bid to unwind and relax, taking some much-needed rest from the stresses of everyday life, writes Amanda Connelly. Yet while some are away to explore foreign lands, one pilgrimage group and trust are combining their efforts […]

Whithorn Visitor Centre

Study rediscovers pilgrims’ paths to 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. The study used Ordnance Survey data to highlight the locations […]

Couple aim to save ex-church – by turning it into a church

Hundreds of redundant churches in Scotland have been turned into museums, trendy pubs or flats. But in a defiant stance against the wave of church closures across the country, Richard and Margaret Pedersen have applied for planning permission to Scottish Borders Council to reopen the former St Aidan’s church in Morebattle, shut down 50 years […]

East Neuk was once the destination for pilgrimages

A modern-day pilgrimage to the East Neuk of Fife conjures up images so vivid you can picture them as postcards. Crail harbour with its trusty boats, sea-crusted creels, and peeling sign advertising lobster cooked while you wait. The church at St Monans, so close to the sea it appears to hover upon it like an […]

Northern Cross pilgrimage

The annual Christian cross–carrying Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne takes  place once again,  during the week before Easter. From April 16 to the 24, more than 75 pilgrims will journey through various parts of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, in seven groups, known as ‘Legs’. Five legs will walk around 80 – 120 […]

Group aims to recreate pilgrims’ route to Highlands

A group of history fans are trying to recreate an ancient pilgrimage route to the Highlands from Edinburgh. Back in the reign of King James IV one of the most popular shrines was to Tain-born St Duthus and today there are still close links between the ancient burgh and the Irish-educated preacher. Indeed the Tain […]