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SPRF Projects - Argyll Steering Group

Background to the steering group
This project is being developed by several SPRF members who are located in the Argyll Region of Scotland and is being based around the extensive Christian Heritage of the area. The paths that are being considered by this group relate to:
  1. Core path linking Luss with Tarbet and Arrochar.
  2. The Cowal Way from Arrochar to Portavadie and ferry to Tarbert.
  3. The Kintyre Way from Tarbert to Southend and Machrihanish.
  4. A new link north from the Kintyre Way at Tarbert to Oban based on the "St. Columba Pilgrims Walk (details below). This route could then link to Iona or to Lismore.
  5. The setting up of a link in the Iona to St Andrews pilgrimage in the section as far east as Dalmally (St Conan's Way). It is also hoped that this route will additionally look into the development of a walking opportunity to the east of Dalmally that will link into the West Highland Way.
The routes on the above map are only indicative and in terms of routes 4 and 5 there will be certain revisions as the routes are developed.

A second meeting of the Steering Group was held on the 8th December 17 at YWAM Ignite's location at Glencruitten House. Progress was made in confirming the key projects and setting of priorities for the group. A listing of all the key contacts that members of the steering group have been in dialogy with was seen as an essential so that duplication and potential confusion can be eliminated as the varying priority project as pursued.

Argyll Pilgrimage Steering Group meeting of Wednesday 21st June 17 at the Corran Hall in Oban.

This was the first formal meeting of the Steering Group and was inspired following an earlier SPRF meeting held at Craig Lodge House of Prayer in Dalmally in the autumn of 2016. It was at this meeting that those attending heard of the vary interesting and extensive Christian heritage of the region and many of the pilgrimage / faith tourism initiatives that were already being undertaken.

Activities relating to the Argyll Steering Group

Jonathan Sheldrick and group of walkers recently completed a sponsored walk on what is being called the St Columba Way.
This started from Tarbert on the Mull of Kintyre and concluded on Lismore. The pilgrimage was undertaken over a week in September 2017 and was 100 miles in length.
This was a sponsored walk and the money raised was donated to "Mary's Meals".

This route ended on the island of Lismore however it may be that when this route is fully developed the end point may well be Iona. What is likely is that the route up to Oban will remain very similar if not identical and the route will make use of the Kintyre Way to the South of Tarbert meaning that the final St Columba Way will offer direct links from Northern Island via the ferry into Campbeltown.

To learn much more about this developing route and to hear about the charity walk link to and / or download the PDF report by clicking here.

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