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Bringing in the Cross

Among the many objectives of the Faith in Cowal project has been the attempt to make St Munn’s Church at Kilmun a central part of the pilgrimage landscape.  It was probably the most important church in southern Argyll in the

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How to see a snake

Among the lovely creatures you might see as you walk in Cowal are adders.  Grey or brown, with a distinctive zig-zag strip running down her back, the adder is hard to spot.  Most of us make so much noise charging

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A word with the Pope

Pope Francis has been talking this week about pilgrimage.  He offers some images and reflections that will be of interest to the communities in Cowal who are welcoming visitors, and also to those who may like to visit us.  You

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A Drink with the Moderator

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland visited the Cowal peninsula and its churches two weeks ago.  The Right Rev. Dr Angus Morrison spent some time in Portavadie and Kilfinan, and before travelling to the kirks in Kilmun and Strone

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A song to take with you

The Faith in Cowal project has adopted a beautiful Gaelic hymn as a kind of anthem, a song for pilgrims to sing, for local congregations to share with their visitors, for visitors to take away with them.  It’s a Gaelic

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The Pilgrim Patriot

The British media have been getting a bit excited in recent weeks (September 2015) about patriotism and love of country. Much of this – if not all of it – has arisen from the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader

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News of Kilfinan and its Stones

A most enjoyable visit to the Lamont Aisle this week, a dark vault beside the recently restored parish church of Kilfinan. The very obliging Sinclair Sutherland arranged for me to get access (the gate is usually locked) and to look

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St Modan’s Well – found at last!

A century and a half ago the Ordnance Survey six-inch map showed St Modan’s Well on the hillside above Kilmodan (i.e. ‘St Modan’s Church’, the medieval church-site in the Clachan of Glendaruel).  The name suggests that there was a local

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Brilliant Flame – a new book on Munnu and Kilmun

Iona has St Columba; Whithorn has St Ninian; St Andrews has … well, St Andrew.  Major pilgrimage sites across Scotland are associated with saints.  And during the Middle Ages each of these saints acquired a kind of dossier of stories,

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The hunt for St Modan’s Well

A date for your diary.   Let’s go and look for a holy well, Saturday 27th June. Nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey maps showed a St Modan’s Well on the hillside above St Modan’s Church, Kilmodan in Glendaruel.  [They also showed a St

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