Carfin, Scotland : The Lourdes Grotto
About The Lourdes Grotto in Carfin:
Some 20 miles (12 Km) east of Glasgow, Scotland you will find a replica of the Lourdes Grotto at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Carfin. This is Scotland’s national shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was built in the 1920’s with the help of local parishoners under the direction of Father Thomas Taylor. Father Taylor had led a group of pilgrims to Lourdes previously and wanted to be able to offer the opportunity for people to share this experience without actually traveling to France.
Over the years it has become a popular place of pilgrimage for many groups both from the U.K. and abroad.
Another feature here is the All Saints Reliquary Chapel. The Chapel contains some 735 relics of various saints, most of them with certificates of authentication. This makes it one of the largest single collections of relics outside of Rome.
The Chapel is open weekday afternoons from about 1:30 p.m.(after end of 1:00 Mass until 2:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Arrangements can be made for other times by contacting the shrine office.
A “Pilgrim’s Mass” is offered daily at 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Mass in the chapel on Sundays at 1:00 p.m.In addition, are many other devotions including:
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
daily Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-8:00p.m., Saturday 8:00a.m-5:00pm and Sunday 12 noon-7:00p.m
Divine Mercy Chaplet: Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction: Monday-Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Rosary and Benediction: Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Traveling to the Carfin Grotto:
There are a trains almost hourly from Edinburgh (about 1 hour travel time) and a few trains each day from Glasgow (about 20 minutes). A few may require changing trains in either Motherwell or Bellshill so be sure to check the schedule first.
There are no hotels in Carfin, the nearest are about two miles away in Motherwell.
Address: 100 Newarthill Road, Motherwell ML1 5AL, U.K.
GPS coordinates: 55° 48′ 23.4252” N, 3° 57′ 20.0124” W
Tel: +44 1698 263308
Click here for the official website of the Carfin Grotto in Motherwell, Scotland.
Our Lady of Carfin Grotto