RC Diocese of Aberdeen

Pluscarden Pilgrimage Progress

The epic Pluscarden 1230 Pilgrimage covering 1300 miles, retracing the original monks’ journey from Burgundy in 1230, is now in week 11 of 13! Following a wonderful weekend as guests of the Duke of Northumberland at the world famous Alnwick Castle where a cake was produced to mark the 1000th mile walked, week 10 took them up the Northumberland coast. Having passed Holy Island, the border into Scotland was finally crossed and the group proceeded through the Lammermuir hills to Edinburgh. Nights were spent at Berwick upon Tweed, Nunraw Abbey and Musselburgh before the final arrival atop Arthur’s seat. Joining their father Al Monkman, who with his dog Rinnes is walking the entire 1300 miles, were his two daughters, Sarah and Joanne. Also re-joining after completing weeks 2 and 3 in France was Joe Staton from his home in deepest Westminster, and Robbie Young from Elgin. Week 12 will see our determined walkers travel from Tyndrum up the west coast to Fort William and onward to Fort Augustus, and Week 13 will head up Loch Ness, making a detour to visit Beauly Priory, founded by the same original monks. Overnights will be at Drumnadrochit, the Black Isle Brewery, Cawdor Castle and Logie. Plans are being finalised for the arrival of the Pilgrimage at Pluscarden Abbey on the early afternoon of Fri 1st September and a press release will be issued next week, as will details for those who wish to join in on the final day.