May: A Month of Pilgrim Walks

Exploring Celtic Christan Landscapes in Cowal

Dan Romani

Dan Romani

vlogger, photographer, web designer and passionate enthusiast for the wild and beautiful places - Faith in Cowal project worker 2020

May is #NationalWalkingMonth here in the UK, so we decided to organise some taster walks using our Faith in Cowal pilgrim trails. We wanted to showcase the different types of pilgrim routes in different areas of Cowal, and we also wanted to offer short loops that people could do in a morning or afternoon – these are taster walks not long distance pilgrimages.

In the end we decided on one walk each week of May. One starting in Kilmun, one starting in Kilmodan, one starting in Strachur, and the final walk hiking into the hills behind Kilmorie. Attendance was good, with at least five pilgrims on every walk, and double that on the most popular trails.

The weather was kind to us, and everyone who attended had a wonderful time! There was a lot interest in further such guided walks – especially on weekends – so we’ll be looking into getting that sorted out soon! In the meantime, enjoy the gallery of images below, captured on smartphones throughout the month.

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Stay Safe

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Most of our sites are still open, and will make for a nice, socially distanced way to celebrate your faith, or to partake in a pilgrimage.


They are small sites, with small parking areas. If there is already a car in the parking areas, THINK TWICE about visiting. Perhaps try a different location. Don't stray too far from home (there are sites all over Cowal), and stay at least 2m/6.5ft away from other groups at all times. Please stay up to date with with current government guidelines (click the picture link).