Each Pilgrim Journey has a distinct Cross Symbol appropriate to that particular Saint. There is a separate Journey Passport, featuring these beautiful crosses, for each Pilgrim Journey detailed on this website. You can record the places you have visited and the stages of each Journey you have completed on these Passports; each of which you can download below.

Whether you are completing an entire Journey over several days or just looking at a single stage then VisitScotland can also provide you with inspirational Scottish holiday and short break ideas including bed & breakfast, holiday cottage and hotel information, places to visit, along with details of tearooms, coffee shops and other places to eat along the way. VisitScotland also links to many local destination websites including Edinburgh,Glasgow, Inverness, St Andrew’s and the Highlands and Islands.

When planning a holiday or trip along one of Scotland’s Pilgrim Journeys the Traveline Scotland website provides very useful information on public transport throughout Scotland including the Highlands and Islands.


See foot of page for instructions on how to fold your Journey Passports for use. 

Pilgrim Journey Passport

Travel through Scotland and through time

You can follow the Journeys by road transport, by bicycle, and by walking the parts where safe paths are available. Each Journey is divided into meaningful stages which enables different parts to be enjoyed in different ways, as your time and choices allow. Each stage also has its own interpretative themes which can be followed in either direction, by simply reversing the route information.


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St Andrew Journey

A Pilgrim Nation

From Iona to St Andrews, follow the birth of Scotland through its major pilgrim shrines. By way of Iona, Dunkeld, Scone and St Andrews, an emergent nation shaped its spiritual identity. Today you travel from the Inner Hebrides, through Argyllshire, Highland Perthshire and into Tayside experiencing Scotland's historic landscape and exceptional scenery.


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St Columba Journey

Exile and Resurrection

with Sli Cholmcille/Slighe Chaluim Chille

From Ireland to Kintyre, through Argyll to Iona. Then follow the Great Glen to Tain and Portmahomack, or island-hop to the Atlantic fringe. Columba’s epic journeys by sea and land form the cultural and sacred geography of Scotland. Dramatic scenery unveils a story of exile, penitence and peace. Key sites on this route can also be explored in Scottish Gaelic and Irish on www.colmcille.org.


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St Ninian Journey

To the Source

Whithorn in Galloway is the cradle of Scottish Christianity. It is also a place of mystery and austere beauty. Rich in early Christian carvings, once a wealthy centre of royal pilgrimage, Whithorn retains a rare otherness. Travel cross-country through Scotland’s borderlands or by Glasgow and Ayrshire, connecting the abbeys and castles of Scotland’s kings.


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St Cuthbert Journey

Searching for Peace

From Edinburgh to Melrose and Holy Island, follow Cuthbert’s quest for peace in a troubled age. You can also follow the St Cuthbert’s Way, a signposted walking route from Melrose to Lindisfarne, and connect with Scotland’s Borders Abbeys Way. The Pilgrim Journey continues to Cuthbert’s final resting place at Durham. Encounter quiet strength and reflection amidst natural beauty.


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St Mungo Journey

Saint of Stories

Born on a beach, he united east and west, founded Glasgow, baptised Merlin, opened up the Lake District and established Britain’s newest city- in Wales. All before returning to save a royal marriage and organise a Columba summit. Mungo, also known as Kentigern, connects Culross with Glasgow, Lanarkshire with Dumfriesshire and beyond. Every place is a story.


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St Margaret Journey

Simplicity of Heart

Between Edinburgh, Dunfermline and St Andrews you experience the riches of Celtic and medieval heritage, by sea and land, harbour and village. Margaret’s is a pathway of meditation and devotion. At the centre of Europe’s royal establishment, she was made a refugee by William the Conqueror, but was welcomed by Malcolm Canmore to his seagirt kingdom.


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How to fold your
Journey Passport for use


How to fold your passport

Step 1
Print out Journey Passport and have in front of you with cover (Side 1) at the bottom right hand side as illustrated above.

Step 2
Fold in half horizontally along the centre of the page, folding sides 3,4 & 6 over onto the rear.

Step 3
Turn the paper 180 degrees.

Step 4
Pages 3,4 & 5 should now be facing you.

Step 5
Fold page 5 inwards along the vertical space between pages 4 and 5.

Step 6
Fold page 3 inwards along the vertical space between pages 3 and 4.

 

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