MORE than 20 pilgrims have walked between two East Lothian churches.

Last Saturday (May 18), 24 pilgrims took part in the third Traprain Pilgrimage.

The Rev Douglas Hamilton led the group in short act of worship at Athelstaneford Parish Church before they set off on their journey through Gilmerton Wood.

From there, it was on to Crauchie and then Markle, where the group were invited into Markle House garden for refreshments. 

A spokesperson for the pilgrimage told the Courier: “Jim and Carina McGuiness our hosts’ kindness was greatly appreciated. 
“It gave the pilgrims a delightful resting place to reflect on how far they had come and recharge before they set of on their final section.

“At the Prestonkirk Stables, their final destination, the happy group enjoyed their picnic lunch and chatted about their spiritual journey through a lovely part of East Lothian.

“Thanks to Rev Douglas Hamilton for the reflections, he shared throughout the route to, Margaret, Joan, Helen, Catriona, Jimmy Joe and James, the organising group, who made sure everyone was safe and able to enjoy the Pilgrimage.

“Thanks also to Jim and Carina for sharing their garden and providing drinks with cake/biscuits for the Pilgrims. 

“We were so privileged to have our own garden party on such a lovely sunny day and in such a beautiful setting too.”

Another pilgrimage, connecting Stenton Parish Church and Prestonkirk Stables, is planned for September.

More information will be published ahead of the event.