Annual Pilgrimage List

George Smart – a founder member of the Book of Deer Project researched and organised all the pilgrimages below.  Our grateful thanks go to him.

2000 ‘In the footsteps of St. Drostan’ – Aberdour to Aden Park
2001 Cancelled because of Foot and Mouth
2002 ‘In the footsteps of St. Machar’ – Old Aberdeen to Aden Park
2003 ‘In the footsteps of St. Kane’ –  New deer to Aden Park
2004 ‘In the footsteps of St. Fergus’ – St. Fergus to Aden Park
2005 ‘In the footsteps of St. Murdebar’ – Tarves to Adren Park
2006 ‘In the footsteps of St. Olaf’ – Cruden to Aden Park
2007 ‘In the footsteps of St. Mary’ – New Pitsligo to Aden Park
2008 ‘In the footsteps of St. Ternan and St. Adamnan’ – Slains Church to Aden Park
2009 ‘In the footsteps of St Ethernan’ -Rathen to Aden Park
2010 “In the footsteps of St Peter” – Peterhead to Aden Park
2011  A guided tour for those interested in the history, archaeology and heritage of the area around Aden Park, Old Deer and Deer Centre

RECORD OF OUR PILGRIMAGES  (2000 – 2011)

 1.         2000A.D. – “In the Steps of St. Drostan” – From Aberdour to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.  Rev. Charlie Birnie met us in Strichen.

 2001 (We missed a year because of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak)

 2.         2002 A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Machar” – From St. Machar Cathedral to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.  It was a three day event! First day from St Machar Cathedral to Dyce; second day Dyce to Ellon and last day Ellon to Deer Centre Aden Park.  It finished with a blessing at Aden Centre from Father Ross, the local Orthodox Priest.

 3.         2003A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Kane” – From New Deer to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

 4.         2004A.D.  In the Steps of St Fergus” – From the Old Kirkyard at St. Fergus back to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

 5.         2005 A.D.  “In the Steps of St Murdebar”- From Tarves to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

 6.         2006A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Olaf” – From Cruden Bay to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

 7.         2007 A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Mary” – Saturday June 16th from New Pitsligo to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

 8.         2008 A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Ternan and St. Adamnan” – Saturday 21st June from Slains Church Collieston to Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.  For more details on this pilgrimage please see below. 

 9.         2009 A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Ethernan” – From St. Ethernan’s Chapel behind Rathen West Church to the Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.  For more details on this pilgrimage please see below. 

 10.       2010 A.D.  “In the Steps of St. Peter” – Saturday 19th June 2010 from the War memorial St. Peter’s Churchyard on the Links Peterhead to the Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

 11.       2011 A.D. – Saturday 18th June – a guided tour for those interested in the history, archaeology and heritage of the area around Aden park, Old Deer and the Book of Deer Centre Aden Park.

2008 Pilgrimage took place on the 21st of June, 2008. The Pilgrims met at Slains Church and were invited in by the Revd. Steve Emery who gave them a short history of the beautiful Church before sending them on their way with a blessing.

This stained glass window just one of the features.


 

 

 

Some thirty Pilgrims enjoyed the walk, culminating in hospitality and socialising in Aden Park, as can be seen in the photograph below.

Our Annual Pilgrimage takes place in June. These Pilgrimages serve two main purposes. The first is to aquaint the Pilgrims with local history and heritage; and the second is so that Pilgrims can reflect on the life and times of the Monks of Deer. Pilgrims will walk the distances, and over the terrain that the Monks did in ancient times as they set out to convert the Picts to the Christian religion and to minister to the sick. They, however, did not have the benefits of tarred roads and high tech walking gear of today.

2009 Pilgrimage took place on the 20th of June, 2009

The picture on the right is of the St Ethernam’s Chapel – the starting point of 2009 Pilgrimage located behind Rathen West Church.

Our annual Pilgrimage took place on the 20th of June, 2009. The Pilgrims were met at Rathen Old Church by the Revd. Carol Ann Parker who gave the blessing and sent the Pilgrims on their way “In the Footsteps of St. Ethernan.” Weather was glorious! We walked on through Cortes, Fetterangus and the beautiful Pitfour Estate arriving at the Project Room in Aden Park for hospitality provided by Betty and Bunty. Grateful thanks are due to the many volunteers without whom the day would not have been such a great success.

George Smart