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A network of organisations and individuals committed to developing routes for off-road pilgrimage travel across Scotland

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COVID-19 implications
The Trustees have reviewed the current position and decided that we need to now cancel all scheduled events until further notice. (28/3/20) This clearly impacts on the following:
  • 31st March - Whithorn Way Steering Group Meeting in Paisley (we are looking at the possibilty of some form of video conferencing)
  • 24th April - Spring Forum Meeting in Bothwell

SPRF is currently looking into how it may be able to make more use of video conferencing so that SPRF can maintain the vital Trustee meetings and many of the steering group meetings.
We are also aware that there are now concerns developing around the matter of taking exercise on paths in the countryside and for that reason we are posting the following advise and would hope that where it applies to our Pilgrim routes the public will adhere to the current posted recommendation.
We are being encouraged to get daily exercise and some folk might be thinking of walking sections of the many defined walking routes in the countryside. We and indeed many counrtyside rangers are aware that where there are farm gates etc., which farmers may be using daily, we do not want walkers to be contaminating them. With this in mind we would advise the following.
If you are thinking of travelling to a walk by any form of transport please do not do so while the present crisis on. You probably won't be allowed to anyway within the next few days. If walking from home please avoid walking in sections where there are farm gates, styles etc. and have gloves with you to use if you do come across a closed gate. Remember also to wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.
Our current advice is that you walk by yourself or with only one other family member and keep at least 2 meters apart at all times if you come across another walker. Please do not use transport to get to the start of your walk.
Keep well and keep others well. While this guidance is given today the situation is changing daily so follow the latest official advice.

As this is a very fluid situation we ask our members to regularly visit this website for the most up to date information regarding all meetings and events. (28/3/20)

SPRF attend 2020 Pilger Messe symposium
Nick Cooke and Ian Bradley took part in this event at St Jacobi Hauptkirche in Hamburg on the last full weekend in February. For more information link to the NEWS Page.

SPRF Pilgrimage Gathering 2019
The Pilgrimage Gathering was held on Friday 4th October 2019 in the Milestone Church, Girvan.
For a full report on the day and links to some of the speakers' presentation linking to the NEWS page.

The Gathering started with a guided walk along a section of the Whithorn Way, this heading south along a coastal section and concluding at the Milestone Church in Girvan.

Following a lunch there were three speakers.

  • Kenny Wilson - Youth Worker Argyll Presbytery
  • John Jackson - Sannox Christian Centre SCIO
  • Mark Calder - Embrace the Middle East
More details can be found in the full report in the News Section. The day then ending with the SPRF AGM.

The "Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum" (SPRF) was established in February 2012 following a meeting of interested persons and organisations held at Culross Abbey. This follows a period over 2 to 3 years of seminars and meetings where ecumenical church groups and individuals, Scottish Parliamentarians, SNH, Visit Scotland and walking enthusiasts, to mention but some, have been looking at the potential for growth and development in "Faith Tourism" and Pilgrimage routes.

Since its establishment its membership and influence has expanded and by 2014 SPRF became a Scottish Charitable Incorported Organisation (SCIO).

This SCIO aims to be a focal point for discussion and development of Pilgrim Routes within Scotland.

To request a copy of our leaflet click on this LINK and type in your mailing address.

For fuller information on the background to the SPRF development and to understand what SPRF is planning to do link to the article written by Nick Cooke and published in "OPEN HOUSE" in the April/May 2012 edition.

To learn more about membership and how to become a "Full" or "Associate" member click on the "Members' section" or on this link then download a PDF constitution and application form.

Following the Celtic Way
A New Assessment of Celtic Christianity by Ian Bradley.
This is a new book written by one of our SPRF Trustees and published by Dalton, Longman and Todd.
The publishers are offering a discount price to SPRF members who wish to purchase this interesting and enlightening book. The retail price is £12.99 but using the SPRF discount code this can be purchased for £6.49 (50%). To make a purchase click on the following LINK then follow the on-line instructions by adding this item to your basket and when asked for "Discount code" type in "celticway".
There is an additional P&P charge of £2.50.

Abernethy Market Cross on Three Saints Way

Vantage point on Three Saints Way looking NW over the Tay

Norwegian Pilgrim walkers at Kirk Hill
Norwegian Pilgrim at Horsecastle Bay

Norwegian Pilgrim walkers at Kirk Hill, St Abbs
site of St Aebbe's monestary

Norwegian Pilgrim at Horsecastle Bay, site of
St Cuthbert & the two otters

Pilgrim walkers leaving Melrose Abbey
Northern Cross Pilgrims on route to Lindisfarne

Pilgrim walkers leaving Melrose Abbey

Northern Cross Pilgrims on route to Lindisfarne

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