We’re almost finished developing our off-road walking routes connecting all of 15 of our sites. These form a network of enjoyable pilgrim trails covering the whole of Cowal. Pilgrims come in all types, so we also intend to create cycling guides between some of our sacred sites, as well as sailing routes to those most conveniently reached by water (the motorways of our ancestors). Currently these Scottish pilgrim routes must be considered unofficial: the routes borrow existing thoroughfares, and do not bear any Faith in Cowal waymarks. Many of the routes involve small sections of improvised hikes between Forestry roads, without even any real path to follow, but our digital pilgrim guides are very comprehensive.
Going forward, we’re hoping to organize a selection of spiritual retreats and pilgrim events. Bookmark our blog, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram, so you can stay up to date. And if you’re interested in helping us achieve these stretch goals, then get in touch!
This project is funded by Church of Scotland, but the routes, the sites and the Churches are always open to all comers. Whether you come to Cowal to pray or to meditate, to practice faith or practice yoga, to walk, cycle sail or simply sit and enjoy Scotland’s landscape, you’ll always find a warm welcome, and a pilgrim trail to suit your needs.