St. Margaret's National Pilgrimage 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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The 2017 National Pilgrimage to Dunfermline in honour of St Margaret of Scotland will take place this year on Sunday June 11th and will follow a similar format to previous successful events, with some minor additions.

As in previous years the bus park at Pittencrieff Park, Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline will be utilised for drop-off only for those pilgrims arriving by private hire bus. Local stewards (easily identifiable by the high visibility tabards worn) will be in attendance at the bus park at Pittencrieff Park ​from 10am to greet pilgrims and provide directions to the Louise Carnegie gates of Pittencrieff Park on Bridge Street. Bus drivers will thereafter be given directions to Leys Park Road bus / car park. This is where pilgrims should rejoin their buses at the conclusion of the day. A map of central Dunfermline for drivers showing the route between Pittencrieff Park and the Leys Park Road bus park can be viewed /downloaded by clicking here. A second map showing the various places of interest in Dunfermline associated with St Margaret is available by clicking here.

Those pilgrims arriving by private vehicle should utilise public car parks within Dunfermline town centre. The locations of various car parks in the town centre are shown on this map. It should be noted that a charge is now made to park within public car parks on a Sunday after 1pm.

No parking will be available within the grounds St Margaret's RC Memorial church on the day except for those displaying a disabled badge. Access will be permitted for drop off only.

Pilgrims should make their way into Pittencrieff Park and on to the Louise Carnegie gates, Bridge Street, Dunfermline where the local Scout movement will be providing gazebos situated to the north side of the park just inside the gates. Stewards/Guides will be in attendance at the gazebos and will take groups of approx. 20 pilgrims to nearby religious/historical sites associated with St Margaret. The tours will leave approximately every 20 minutes, dependent upon demand. Stewards will be in attendance at each of the historical sites to greet and provide assistance to pilgrims visiting. (It should be noted there is an fee to be paid to Historic Scotland to visit the Dunfermline Abbey ruins). Stewards will have guide books for sale at £1 per copy which contain information on the various historical sites and a map.

The gazebos will also be available for shelter for pilgrims in the event of inclement weather and the consumption of food. The local Scout movement will be providing hot burger rolls for sale, later in the morning/afternoon (all proceeds to the Scout movement).

PROCESSION - A plan for how the pilgrimage procession will form up is detailed below. Scouts from West Fife Scouts will undertake the stewarding of the procession. To assist pilgrims the Scouts will display name boards for the various groups/schools known to be attending along with various ‘pilgrims’ boards. Please assist the stewards and Scouts when forming the procession to line up as requested. This will allow the procession to commence on time and more importantly ensure the smooth access to the Church, the crypt and Carnegie Hall in time for Mass. All those taking part in the procession are asked to gather within Pittencrieff Park at the Louise Carnegie Gates (bottom of Bridge Street) from 13:45hrs, to allow formation and for the procession to move off at 14:15hrs.


  1. Pipe Band
  2. Archbishop Cushley and clergy
  3. Knights of Malta / Papal Knights
  4. 6 Pupils (pre-identified) for bidding prayers
  5. Caritas Pupils from St Columba’s High School
  6. 100 pilgrims 5 abreast
  7. Pupils/staff St Margaret's High, Airdrie
  8. 100 pilgrims 5 abreast
  9. St Margaret's Guild/ Catenians / SCIAF
  10. 100 pilgrims 5 abreast
  11. Pupils/staff St Margaret's Primary
  12. 100 pilgrims 5 abreast
  13. Knights of St Columba
  14. Pilgrims - remainder

3pm MASS - St Margaret's RC Church has limited capacity and the various dignatories and those who will have roles to undertake in the Mass celebration will be seated within designated seats. Access to the Church will be by the main doors; the side door access will be for wheelchair access. The Church requires to be filled from front to rear and thereafter the sides and the Lady Chapel. Stewards will direct pilgrims to seating. PLEASE ASSIST THE STEWARDS BY FOLLOWING THEIR DIRECTIONS ON ENTERING THE CHURCH. The front row of pews on both sides will be reserved for pilgrims who are disabled or have restricted movement. Any pilgrims not taking part in the procession but who have remained within the Church will require to move from seats at the front of the church and/or to the ends of the pews as directed by the Stewards / pass-keepers in order that seats can be filled systematically as the procession enters the Church. Please assist the stewards in following directions given at this time.

The Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Cushley and a number of the local clergy. Due to the large number of pilgrims expected for this event, and the Church's limited capacity, and the requirements for health and safety, once the Church is deemed to be full pilgrims who cannot be accommodated will be directed by stewards to the Church crypt and/or to Carnegie Hall (opposite the Church), where a live transmission of the mass will be streamed. Priests will attend at all these locations for the distribution of Holy Communion.

The Mass can be watched online on YouTube. The link to download the telecast is available by clicking here. The Mass will be streamed live to the crypt of St. Margaret's and to Carnegie Hall for those pilgrims who cannot be accommodated in the Church.

After the conclusion of Mass, pilgrims are again requested to follow the directions of stewards in returning to their buses at the Leys Park Road bus / car park, or to other local car parks.

We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday, 11th June to the 3rd St. Margaret's National Pilgrimage to be held in St. Margaret's RC Memorial Church and hope that you have a wonderful day.