About Us

Scotland’s Pilgrim Journeys is a major project of Scotland’s Churches Trust, initiated  by Scotland’s Churches Scheme before its merger with Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust to form the new  body.

The concept of a national network of pilgrim routes builds on the Sacred Places theme promoted by Scotland's Churches Trust focussing on the wish of both visitors and local communities to be able to access our wonderful range of church buildings in a meaningful way - whether the visit be occasioned by spiritual or heritage motivation or both.

Scotland's Churches Trust advises and assists member churches on visitor welcome, and with its range of "how-to" brochures  provides information on research, presentation, security and other live issues.

The Trust, with its network of Local Representatives, encourages the opening of doors, the care of tourists and locals alike, and offers specific services.
The Trust also assists in the preservation and upkeep of churches with advice and assistance on maintenance and repair. Repair and refurbishment grants, considered by a team of professional experts, can be made available.

Aims & Purposes

Scotland’s Churches Trust aims to advance the preservation, promotion and understanding of Scotland’s rich architectural heritage represented in its churches and places of worship of all denominations. Its purposes are:

  • to advance heritage and religion by the preservation and upkeep of churches and other places of worship including churchyards;

  • to encourage churches and other places of worship to open to welcome visitors, tourists and pilgrims ;

  • to advance education and  promote understanding of the public about the history, art, architecture and traditions of churches and other places of worship  and their position as a focal point in the community; and

  • to provide grants or donations to other charitable or religious individuals, bodies or organisations with aims or objects analogous to the foregoing purposes  or, more generally, with the common purpose of maintaining churches and other places of worship.

The Trust has been formed as a Scottish Charitable Trust (SCIO number: SC043105) following the merger of Scotland’s Churches Scheme and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust and is based at 15 North Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP.

The Trust incorporates the former Scotland’s Churches Scheme which was established in 1994.  In 2012, the Scheme merged with Scottish Architectural Heritage Trust which had been formed in 1978 to assist congregations in the preservation and upkeep of their buildings. The present Scotland’s Churches Trust has more than 1300 churches in membership operating an ‘open doors’ policy.

These churches are spread across Scotland and across all the religious denominations. They contain a significant part of the nation's heritage with the major proportion being 'listed' buildings, many being Category A.

Scotland's Churches Trust successfully promotes access to the nation's ecclesiastical heritage, with many of our buildings - large and small, urban and rural - in membership.

The success to date, over a relatively short period, is hugely encouraging and has the potential of further raising the awareness of our spiritual heritage and making it more accessible to a wider audience.