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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SPG 2015

The Gathering this year was held on Friday 2nd October 2015 in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.
This was a whole day event and took a different format to previous October meetings.
This years Gathering involved a combination of a pilgrimage walking followed by presentations and networking opportunites.

The theme was "The St Cuthbert Pilgrimage" and involved a discovery walk at Old Melrose, the site of Cuthbert's first monastic experience, then in nearby Melrose the afternoon session had presentations from Graham Booth the Warden of a pilgrimage Retreat on the Holy Island and Vyv Wood-Gee an expert in the economic development of walking routes.

This event was open to members and non-members and we were delighted to welcome both members and interested persons to this event. We were also fortunate to have excellent weather with cloudless skies making the guided walk into and around Old Melrose an exciting and enjoyable new feature to the annual Gathering.

Following the open meeting there was the Annual General Meeting of SPRF which was open to all members and associate members.
Minutes of the AGM will be posted shortly on the website.

Below are some images from the morning's guided walk via the Roman Fort of Trimontium and around Old Melrose.

A report on the afternoon presentations will follow shortly. For background information on the St Cuthbert's Way link to or

Previous bi-annual meetings have been successful and on this website you will be able to link to their report.

On Thursday 30th April 2015 the seminar meeting was held at "Old Churches House", Cathedral Square, Dunblane.
Details of the event will be posted shortly.

On the 3rd October 2014 it was the Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering 2014, this being an open full day meeting for all who had an interest in the development of Pilgrimage walks. This was jointly organised by SPRF and Forth Pilgrim with support from Fife Tourism Partnership.

The day was a great success with an opening address from Paul Wheelhouse MSP - Scottish Goverment Minister for Environment and Climate Change, then followed by three keynote speakers, these being Prof. Sam Berry, Mr Chris Baines and Prof. Richard Oram.

To access a fuller report and images from the day simply click on the SPG 2014 logo.

At the close of the Gathering Event SPRF held its 3rd Annual General Meeting. For more details on this meeting SPRF members should access the Membership section of the website.

An earlier Forum Meeting and members' EGM was held on Thursday 24th April at the St Mungo's Museum in Glasgow.

This meeting was open to both members and non members and had a full and interesting agenda. It also included a conducted tour of Glasgow Cathedral and participants were joined by walkers completing the final leg of the "850 Pilgrimage" walk linking Glasgow with Paisley and Whithorn.

For more details on the event click on this link.

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.

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

To download a copy of our leaflet click on this LINK.

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.

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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