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Changing Churches, Chapels and Clachans

Thu, 22 June 2023 @ 11:30 - 15:30


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An exploration with talk, thought and a church tea. A lovely route which weaves around the Moray Way to visit some little-known historic sites.

This walk will join up different historical religious sites from past beliefs and faith and forward to the present day to Rafford Kirk, which is under threat of closure like many churches in Scotland.

Religious buildings are the central focus of a town’s skyline and often vital hubs to local neighbourhoods, providing various community activities and services, but with falling congregations, too few ministers, creaking old buildings and rising costs, these sites are being sold off.

Our route will visit other sites which have had prominent roles in people’s thoughts and faith in the past, and on our journey, we hope to discuss many questions around faith and religious sites:   Are faith and spirituality anchored in a place?  Why our faiths change?  Is there a spiritual dimension to our experience of nature? How can / or should these abandoned buildings be re-purposed, and how can communities take control?

We’ll finish at Rafford Kirk, where we have been invited to visit before its destiny is decided and have a welcomed cuppa and cake at the end of the walk.

Event Details

Thu, 22 June 2023
11:30 - 15:30
Free – £10.00
6 miles / 9.6 km
Moderate (info)
Kath Todd
Sorry, dogs are not allowed
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We aim to arrange this walk-by car sharing. If you are coming by car can you let us know in advance and have a chat so we can work out the logistics in advance. – info@moraywalkoutdoorfest.co.uk
Bring a packed lunch for a picnic stop but make sure you leave room for cake later.
Most of the route is on tracks, but some is on paths with varied surfaces with occasional muddy sections. Some of the routes will pass through thick vegetation so think about tick protection.
Members of the Moray Way Association will only pay half to cover the tea. To join the MWA please sign up free on our website.


Moray Way Association
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Venue / Start

Leanchoil Hospital
92 Saint Leonard's Road
Forres,IV36 2RFUnited Kingdom

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The cottage hospital is currently closed but the rear is used by the ambulance service so take care not to block any driveways. There is ample parking in front of the main building at the top of the drive. A Moray Way banner will be placed at the entrance to the drive.