Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum

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

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This page is divided into two section, the first relating to sites that are of general interest relating to the subject of Scottish Pilgrimage, and the second relates to the interests of some of the SPRF members and organisations.

General Pilgrimage Links

"Scotland's Pilgrim Future" is a YouTube film that has been produced by Duncan MacLaren and looks at the history of Pilgrimage in Scotland and its revival over the last few years. This 23 minute film features many of the persons who are now active in the Forum and features items such as the Ayrshire Pilgrimage route and the potential of an Iona to St Andrews route.
Duncan MacLaren has granted us permission to link directly into this YouTube film and we would recommend that you view this thought provoking video. To view click on this link to access.

The very first Pilgrim route that was established with a Scottish element was the St Cuthbert's Way.
Set up in 1999 as both a general Long Distance Walking route and pilgrimage it links the spiritual homes of St Cuthbert (7th Century Saint) at Melrose and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
This route is walked by hundreds each year as a Pilgrimage, especially around Holy Week and by a large number of international pilgrim throughout the spring to autumn seasons.
For details on this walking route link to the website

The Borders Abbeys Way was opened in 2008 and it links the sites of five 12th century Abbeys (4 only remain as ruins).
This route speaks of the great growth of monastic life under the patronage of King David I and Queen Margaret.
For details on this walking route link to the website

The St Magnus Way has been opened in stages over 2017 and this is a 55 mile route around the coastline of Orkney.
For more details on this pilgrimage route link to

Many walking on pilgrimages are interested in visiting Sacred Building as they pass by. The Scotland's Churches Scheme has a website and a series of publications that detail such churches.
The website to access is

SPRF Membership Links

While the Trustees of SPRF are finalising their policy and actions to comply with the new GDPR Data Protection legislations we have taken the decision to remove from the links all individual's e-mail addresses and only retain web links to organisations that are within our membership.

A full GDPR statement and policy document link will be added shortly to our website.

Walking Support - John Henderson
We deliver planning, booking and other support services to long distance walkers on a range of Ways / Trails throughout Northern Britian. Additionally we specialise in supporting Pilgrim walkers and groups, many of them arriving from international countries.

ACTS - Action of Churches Together in Scotland

Forth Pilgrim Ltd - Roger Pickering
Forth Pilgrim passions:
Connecting people with amazing stories on location, outdoors.
Getting all ages exploring history, active in body mind and spirit.
Pilgrim Routes. Walking. History. Education. Drama. Events. Fun.
Contracted to Historic Scotland - School 'pilgrim adventures' to Dunfermline Abbey

Iona Community
Most weeks from mid March to early November there are two pilgrimages around the island, usually on a Tuesday. These are primarily for guests of the Iona Community staying at their islands' centres, but are also open to members of the public. The on-road pilgrimage is about 2-3 miles and starts at approx 12noon. The off-road pilgrimage is about 6-7 miles long over sometimes boggy and difficult terrain. It starts at approx 10.15am.

Comrie Croft - Andrew Donaldson

Craig Lodge Trust
Craig Lodge is a Catholic retreat centre set amid the lochs and glens of Argyll, Scotland. We offer themed retreats or simply come for quiet, peaceful break. Guests are welcome to join the Community in their daily prayers.

Scotland's Churches Trust
Scotlandís Pilgrim Journeys, part of Scotlandís Churches Trust, promote an initial six ancient pilgrim routes which can be accessed on and travelled in various ways and stages, identifying significant churches and sacred sites to be visited. Pilgrims and visitors are able to search and download information on Scotlandís churches and historic sacred sites featured on the Journeys.

The Saint Andrew's Way - Cameron Black

Luss Parish Church

Walk the Camino Ltd.
Scottish based Camino specialists, we devote all our time and expertise to walking the Camino in France and Spain. Our first hand specialist knowledge comes into its own here, helping you plan your walk with the minimum amount of bother and the maximum amount of personal care. We will gladly create a personalised Camino tour designed specifically around your needs and interests.

Scotways - Heritage Paths

Scottish Churches Rural Group - David Atkinson

Scottish Episcopal Church - Home Mission Committee

St Ternan's &Christ Church, Kincardine O'Neil

Sannox Christian Centre
The vision of the SCC reflects the ethos of the Celtic Mission Ė Christ at the centre but open to all. It is founded on the three areas of Celtic Christianity Ė devotion to God, hospitality and service to the community and mission to the world.

Paisley Abbey - Church of Scotland
Paisley Abbey has celebrated its 850 anniversary and a part of the celebrations has been a Pilgrimage Walk from the Abbey to Whithorn Priory.
The event was such a success that there are now plans to extend the route to Glasgow Cathedral and to re-establish this as a permanent pilgrim route.

Holy Socks
Holy Socks started in 2000 and they have always emphasised life as a journey and Christian life as a pilgrimage

The Church of Scotland
The Church of Scotland is a member through the interests of their "Church and Society Council".

Fife Coast & Countryside Trust
We are an independent environmental charity committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience Fife's great outdoors.

The Three Saints Way
A walking route under development linking Killin with St Andrews with links to St Kessog, St Serf and St Fillan.

Clear Services Ltd
An independent consultancy that supports action and organisational change for a more environmentally sustainable society.

Elie & Earlsferry History Society
A society that is working to maintain and develop the local history and build up digital records for future generations to enjoy.

Discover Dunfermline Tours
Dunfermline, Scotlands old capital city has such a rich history it has to be experienced to be understood. With Discover Dunfermline come and walk Scotlandís other Royal Mile.

Confraternity of Saint James
A UK-based charity established to promote the pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

Cheviot Churches : Church of Scotland
We are a grouping of originally three separate parishes to to the south of Kelso. Each of our ancient parishes has a tale to tell. We have nearly a 1000 years of history to offer.

Cappella Nova
Cappella Nova has an unrivalled reputation as champions of Scotlandís unique treasury of early vocal music.

Strathearn Episcopal Churches
Our three congregations, St Columba's, Crieff, St Serf's, Comrie and St Angus's, Lochearnhead, serve people in the beautiful area of Strathearn, which stretches from Crieff, through Comrie to Lochearnhead.

YWAM Ignite
YWAM Ignite has the desire to reach out to the travelers in and around Oban; whether they might be tourists scouting the land, or pilgrims on a spiritual journey. We want to ignite the flame of the Holy Spirit through several ministries and using the gifts and talents God has given us

Heart of Argyll
Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance (HOATA) was formed as a co-operative in 2010 with the purpose of actively marketing the Dalriada Heart of Argyll region as a credible tourist destination.

Christian Heritage Edinburgh
The vision of Christian Heritage Edinburgh is to inspire and challenge todayís generation by bringing the extraordinary spiritual history of Edinburgh to life.

Aberlady Conservation & Heritage Society
The Society aims to research, conserve and promote the villageís historic and natural environment. We do this by organising local archaeology and conservation projects, and by a monthly programme of talks.

Orkney Pilgrimage
The St Magnus Way is a 55 mile pilgrimage route through Mainland Orkney, inspired by the life and death of Magnus, Orkneyís patron saint. Orkney Pilgrimage is a group of individuals who have come together to form a Scottish Charitable Incorportated Organisation

Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees
A unique place of reflection for all - Come and visit Scotlandís only living cathedral just outside Oban.

Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church
The Church of Scotland parish at Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church has as it's our mission to help you explore your relationship with God and improve those meaningful relationships in your family life.

Finn's Place
Finnís Place: Living our lives to the full, by providing a supportive environment enables all of us to grow, make friendships and tackle isolation and stress.

Markinch Heritage Group
The history of Markinch is only partially written and there are many mysteries and historical puzzles to unravel. If you are interested in revealing the past or in preserving it for the future this could be the organisation for you.

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