St. Margaret's National Pilgrimage 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

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The 4th St. Margaret's National Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Religious and historical sites within Dunfermline will be available to visit from 11am, (with the exception of Dunfermline Abbey, due to a religious service at 11am.) although the Abbey grounds will be open, access to the Abbey will be unavailable until after conclusion of the service. Stewards will be in attendance at St Margaret’s Shrine situated on the east side of the Abbey from 11am, to provide information and directions to pilgrims. Stewards will also be in attendance outside St. Margaret’s Cave fro 11am. Guides will be located within Pittencrieff Park, at the Louise Carnegie Gates, (main gates at Bridge Street access), to provide tours for pilgrims commencing at 11am and then every 30 minutes thereafter.


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. Drivers will thereafter be directed to the public car park, Leys Park Road, Dunfermline. Those pilgrims arriving by private vehicle should utilise public car parks within Dunfermline town centre. Stewards will be on duty at Pittencrieff Park drop-off to provide directions to Ley Park Road, but drivers can also follow signage for football parking.

No parking will be available within the church grounds on the day


Pilgrims arriving by private cars should utilise public car parks within Dunfermline. Parking will not be available at St Margaret’s Memorial Church - drop-off only will be allowed for those with health conditions or impairments. Please note that the car park at Tesco Superstore has a limit for 3hrs parking only. It should be noted that a charge is now made within public car parks from 1pm on a Sunday.


Various restaurants will open within the town centre from 11am/12noon. Gazebos will be situated at the seated area within Pittencrieff Park, at the Louise Carnegie Gates, to provide shelter in the event of inclement weather for picnics.

Public toilets are available at Chalmers Street Car Park, the Tesco Superstore and within the Kingsgate Shopping Centre.


Pilgrims taking part in the procession should arrive to form up at the Louise Carnegie Gates, (main gates), Bridge Street, Dunfermline from 1.45pm. The procession will commence at 2.15pm prompt, led by His Grace Archbishop Cushley, and will process through Dunfermline town centre to St Margaret’s Memorial Church for a celebration Mass. Stewards will be in attendance to form the procession order. Please be guided by the stewards in forming and undertaking the procession. Officers from Police Scotland, Fife Division, will undertake traffic management.


Numbers within St Margaret’s Memorial Church will be restricted due to the capacity of the church and to accommodate those involved in the celebration of Mass. Access to the church will be by the main doors only, and will be managed by stewards. Stewards within the church will direct pilgrims to seats, filling the church from front to rear, commencing with centre pews, before seating in the side pews and Lady Chapel.

A recent Fire/Health and Safety check as been undertaken at St Margaret’s Church. To comply with insurance and recommendations a designated area for wheelchair users has been allocated at the rear of the church, giving immediate access to the external ramp for leaving the building. This location however offers only restricted viewing of the altar. It would therefore be recommended that any wheelchair users attending should utilise Carnegie Hall where the designated area there provides a clear view of the large screen on which the service will be transmitted.

On capacity being reached within the church, pilgrims will be directed to the Church Crypt or to Carnegie Hall (across from St. Mragaret's Church). Stewards again will manage seating arrangements. The mass celebration will be streamed live via a link to the Crypt an to Carnegie Hall.


Stewards will accompany Priests, to various locations within the Church and to the Crypt, and Carnegie Hall for the distribution of Holy Communion. Pilgrims should remain seated at all locations until directed by stewards where to go to receive communion.


At the end of Mass, pilgrims should remain seated until the main procession, led by Archbishop Cushley has exited the church. Stewards will then direct pilgrims to leave the church. Those pilgrims at Carnegie Hall or in the Church Crypt will be free to leave at the conclusion of the Mass. Stewards will be available outside the various locations to direct pilgrims to Leys Park Road, a short walk, to board buses. Vehicles attending at Church to uplift pilgrims with health conditions or impairments will not be allowed access to the church grounds until the grounds have cleared of pilgrims.

Groups/parishes planning to attend the Pilgrimage are asked to provide notification of estimated numbers by using the Contact form here.

To ensure the success of the day all pilgrims are asked to follow directions as given by stewards.