Walking Pilgrimage 2016

On Saturday 8th October, our pilgrimage began in Fochabers Square where five walkers met on a beautiful warm autumnal day before making our way to St Mary’s, our first stop and church of the day. On entering St Mary’s, I gave an introduction, followed by presenting the ‘Prayer Guides’ and ‘History of the Churches’ booklets and concluded by saying a Pilgrimage Prayer to open our walk. The theme of our pilgrimage was “Our Lady of the Rosary” which fitted perfectly as our pilgrimage fell the day after the feast. We took some time to explore the church, as I gave a brief account of the history before taking time for reflection/prayer. Continue reading

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August Walk – Ben Rinnes

The heavens opened as the Uplifting Walks gathered for last Saturday’s walk near Dufftown; our goal – Ben Rinnes (2733ft/841m) was covered in cloud, none of this very comforting for the walk ahead. However, in true Uplifting Walks fashion the walker’s spirits remained high, ready for the walk ahead. Continue reading

Bennachie Hill Mass Walk

Even the heavy traffic couldn’t dampen the spirit of our 12 walkers (and a small table) as we gathered at the delightfully sunny Bennachie Centre on Saturday 4th June.  After a group picture and brief welcome from myself, Bishop Hugh said a prayer for pilgrimages then we began on our chosen path. Our route took us firstly through the Bennachie forest before we left the shade of the trees behind and started the real ascent of Milters Tap. Some found the ascent very strenuous which wasn’t helped by the lovely but intense heat from the sun. As we approached the summit the wind picked up fairly strongly, blowing us about a little, personally I found this quite pleasant after the early intense heat. Thankfully each of us made it safely to the trig-point. Continue reading

May’s Walk – A Beautiful Day

May saw just three members of our walking group meeting in Dufftown for our last walk of spring. Our route allowed us to explore what Dufftown has to offer including distilleries, a castle, a gorge, hill views and miles of beautiful countryside – and lovely bright, sunny and warm weather insured that we could take full advantage of our location. Continue reading

April’s Walk – A Little Different

April’s walk took on a different form than normal due to illness. The walkers began together but ended up split into two smaller groups when one member became ill. One group continued on the orginal planned route in Nairn, while the other headed to Hopeman and continued their walk there. Regardless, both parties enjoyed there walks. Continue reading