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1230 DIARY


Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, royal patron of the Pluscarden 1230 Pilgrimage, attended a special ceremony at Pluscarden Abbey on Sunday 17th September to dedicate the ancient stone carried throughout the pilgrimage. The stone came from the ruins of the abbey of Val des Choues in Burgundy, the original home of the Valliscaulian […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – ARRIVAL AT PLUSCARDEN ABBEY The abbey’s bells rang out triumphantly to celebrate the safe return of the Pluscarden Pilgrims. It was an emotional moment when, following 13 weeks of walking, they finally arrived on a beautiful sunny day. 21 pilgrims set off from Logie in the morning, gathering another 30 at Rafford, […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 13 This week started from Fort Augustus following the Great Glen Way to Drumnadrochit then over the hill to Beauly to visit the ruins of the priory which was founded by the Valliscaulian monks from Burgundy at the same time as Pluscarden Abbey. We spent a very enjoyable night at the […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 12 This week followed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways from Tyndrum to Fort Augustus, through some spectacular Highland scenery. A short detour was made to visit the ruins of Ardchattan Priory which was founded by the Valliscaulian monks from Burgundy at the same time as Pluscarden Abbey. Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 11 This was a week of following various water routes across Scotland from Edinburgh to Tyndrum, firstly along the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals to Glasgow, then along the West Highland Way up Loch Lomond. A slight detour was made to Luss where we enjoyed the very kind hospitality of […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 10 Following a wonderful weekend as guests of the Duke of Northumberland at the world famous Alnwick Castle, Week 10 took the pilgrims up the Northumberland coastal path, passing Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. The border into Scotland was finally crossed and the group proceeded through the Lammermuir hills to Edinburgh. […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 9 This was a week of contrasts, walking through areas which were stunningly beautiful as well as some which were very run down and deprived, on the way from Ampleforth to Alnwick. One of the highlights was the stunning Durham Cathedral. A memorable night was spent in the parish of St. […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 8 Leaving Mount St Bernard, heading north to Ampleforth, this week took in the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and York Minster. The incredibly kind Father Robert Thacker, (clad in t-shirt and Doc Martins), offered accommodation in his own home to pilgrims and support staff where a very enjoyable evening was had by […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 7 After a fabulous weekend at Prinknash Abbey, we headed up through the stunning Cotswold countryside along the Gloucester Way, then the Heart of England Way to Mount St Bernard. Highlights of the week were a lovely night’s camping at Chipping Campden in the company of the hospitable Father Brennan; St […] Read more...



PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS – WEEK 6 A beautiful walk along the Thames Pathway from London, spending three glorious nights in the magnificent cottage guest house at Douai Abbey, before arriving at Prinknash Abbey where we enjoyed a fantastic welcome and hospitality for the weekend. Rinnes made some equine friends along the way who accompanied the pilgrimage […] Read more...


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