Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Central Belt

Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Central Belt, Scotland

Today, I visited an oasis of serenity in Scotland’s busy Central Belt, namely the Carfin Lourdes Grotto. A summary background as follows:

  • A shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary was opened 1922.
  • Key driver behind the grotto was Canon Thomas Taylor who was inspired by his visits to Lourdes in France and Oastakker in Belgium.
  • Constructed on land adjacent to St.Francis Xavier Church.
  • Constructed assisted by free labour from Irish and East European immigrants who had free time due to 1921 Coal Miners strike. 
  • The site had to be extended after opening due to popularity.50,000 pilgrims came in 1924.
  • Today, approximately 35,000 pilgrims visit each year.
  • An extensive and peaceful site populated with many examples of Catholic iconography.
Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Lanarkshire
Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Lanarkshire, Scotland

 Here are two more video clips:  video 1, video 2

Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Lanarkshire

Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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