Camino de Santiago

Day 1: 28th August 2012
It is difficult to know when it all began. It may be that I can trace the origins of this adventure to that day in St John’s Hospital in Aberdeen when I paid a visit to Bill Cameron and we decided to walk together from Iona to Aberdeen in the footsteps of St Machar. Of course, it could go back even further to the time when I was in the Cubs and went on my very first “Pentland Romp”. Equally, those conversations in the Jolly Judge with Andrew Patterson (our venue for some private seminars whilst we were students together at New College preparing for ministry) had a big influence on me and Andrew went on to help establish the Whithorn Pilgrimage Trust and write about his own adventure as he rode a motorbike through the Celtic fringe of Europe finally arriving in Galicia and Santiago de Compostella.
Life is full of little nudges, as Guilleasbuig Macmillan told Kate and me on our wedding Day in 1990, and our willingness to listen to them and respond is what makes life itself a pilgrimage and more interesting and stimulating. For the purpose of this record of my “Camino” I will however stick with the gift that the people of Greyfriars made of some money and John Brierley’s guide to the Camino de Santiago. It was 25 years since my ordination in December 1986 and the congregation marked that event with a surprise party inviting friends from my previous congregations. The nudge was to take some time and do this walk that people knew I had been hoping to do for some years.

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