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As you will have been aware, we are arranging a pilgrimage in 2016 in the footsteps of St Magnus in what is (possibly) the 900th anniversary of his martyrdom.

The dates are June 9 – 12, and it is already attracting a lot of attention from outside the congregation.

If you are interested, please see Susan Gray, David Pearson or Jason Groves for more information, (accommodation, travel, cost etc) is detailed below.


Preparations for our pilgrimage to Orkney next June are well underway. Here is the provisional plan:

Day 1- Thursday 9 June

Arriving on Thursday our long weekend pilgrimage begins in Kirkwall with Evensong at 6.30 in St Magnus Cathedral. Lesson read by Alistair Carmichael MP

Dinner: TBA

Day 2 - Friday 10 June

On Friday we take the 50 minute morning ferry journey to Egilsay, the island where our patron was slain. We have Mass in the ruined church, and visit the memorial cairn, followed by picnic with the Egilsay Community Association.

Friday afternoon we visit Stromness.

Dinner: TBA

Day 3 - Saturday 11 June

On Saturday we travel to Birsay, and see the church where St Magnus was buried before his remains were translated to Kirkwall. Tides permitting, we can also cross to the Brough of Birsay, containing neolithic remains and possible connection with our patron. Lunch is at the Birsay Tearooms.

Skara Brae neolithic village is nearby for an afternoon visit.

Dinner: TBA

Day 4 - Sunday 12 June

On Sunday we plan to host refreshments at the St Magnus Centre in Kirkwall, followed by our pilgrimage’s final Mass at 1.30 pm in the Cathedral. 


Orkney’s food and wine offer is terrific. When we know who’s coming, we can choose where to eat in the evening, tailored to everybody’s taste.

Getting to Orkney

We will make our own travel arrangements to reach Kirkwall on 9th June, in time for 6.30 Evensong at St Magnus Cathedral.


Flights from London to Kirkwall via Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness start from £220 if booked well in advance, but prices rise steeply if left until last minute.

At Kirkwall Airport there’s a bus into town every 30 mins costing £1.50, or a taxi costs a tenner.


For details of sea crossings:

NorthLink Ferries Tel 0845 6000 449

Pentland Ferries Tel 01856 831 226

John O’Groats Ferry (0)1955 611353


We have reserved rooms for the pilgrimage in Kirkwall’s three most central hotels. All rooms are en suite bed and breakfast :

Albert Hotel - Single £96 Double £142

(5 rooms) 3 Nights £2883 Nights £426 eg £213 pp

West End Hotel Single £74 Double/Twin £110

(2 single, 2 twin 3 Nights £222 3 Nights £330 eg £165 pp 1 dble)

Orkney Hotel Single £89.50 Double /Twin £124

3 Nights £268.503 Nights £372 eg £186 pp

Family Room £139

3 Nights £417

Accommodation fills up fast in Orkney. Please indicate your hotel and room type preference and return to Susan before Christmas. 

Deposits for hotels:

West End Hotel - we need a deposit of £50 by January

Orkney Hotel   - we need 20 per cent deposit by February

Albert Hotel     - no deposit details yet

Transport on Orkney

We plan to hire a minibus for Friday and Saturday. In Kirkwall everything is withinin walking distance.

Other Costs

As well as the cost of getting to Orkney and paying for your hotel, there will be lunch and dinner, and a possible contribution to the minibus and the Sunday pre mass reception. Please also allow for ferry to Egilsay and entrance to Skara Brae and Brough of Birsay: around £21 for all three.

Further questions?

Please see David Pearson, Jason Groves or Susan Gray.