Here is our latest bulletin following the updating of the website.
Papal Blessing. Pilgrimage is truly international and the revival of the pilgrimage to St Andrews has attracted worldwide interest and support. Earlier this year, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro and a newly appointed cardinal, arrived in Rome armed with a petition to Pope Francis to bless the pilgrimage.
The Lady Well Way. We are pleased to announce that a new way, from Motherwell in North Lanarkshire and researched by the parishioners of the diocese, is now on the website. Starting from the famous Lady Well and Motherwell Cathedral this varied route covers nearly 60 km to South Queensferry where it joins St Margaret’s Way to St Andrews.
If you live in the central belt of Scotland do try this route, which can be divided into small sections, so you can do a short period at a time.
Saint Wilfrid’s Way. This 240 km way, starting from Hexham, has been revised to include some of the most important places in the history of the South of Scotland, including Hadrian’s Wall, border towns like Jedburgh and Selkirk, and Rosslyn Chapel before arriving in Edinburgh.
Wikipedia entry. A short history of the pilgrimage is now available in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_of_St_Andrews
St Margaret’s Loop. Saint Margaret’s Way passes through North Queensferry, only 4 miles from Dunfermline where the remains of Queen Margaret of Scotland (and King Robert the Bruce) are buried, and is therefore an important place to visit. Saint Margaret’s Loop provides a quiet and scenic route to Dunfermline from North Queensferry, and we recommend a short bus trip back.
Scottish Pilgrim News. The Confraternity of St James in London provides advice to those going on pilgrimage to Spain, but is also very relevant to those planning to go to St Andrews. The confraternity also runs practical seminars in Scotland. The website is http://www.csj.org.uk/join.htm.
The newly formed Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum also provides help and advice on pilgrimage in Scotland, including an annual conference to which all members are invited. Application to www.sprf.org.uk
Please take time to look at our news in more detail on the website http://www.thewayofstandrews.com/ or keep up with us on Facebook
The Secretary, Edinburgh, Scotland