Pilgrimage mass at Scalan Seminary – 16th June 2019


​This year, the Annual Mass to Scalan will not be on the first Sunday of July, the normal fixture, but on Sunday 16 June.  Mass will be celebrated at 4.00pm, the normal time.  The Principal Celebrant and Homilist will be Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB.

The reason for this change is that we are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the consecration of Bishop George Hay which took place on Trinity Sunday 1769 in Scalan, in secret, because of the Penal Laws.

Trinity Sunday is a movable feast, and in 2019 it falls on 16 June.

All are welcome. 



Scalan can be reached by leaving Tomintoul on the A939 (B9008 Dufftown).  Just beyond Auchnarrow, about five miles later, Scalan is signposted (three and a half miles distant), on an unclassified but good single-track road, with passing places.

For those using satellite systems, AB37 9JS is a useful postcode.  It should get you to Chapeltown of Glenlivet.  After passing the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, the whisky distillery and the water-bottling plant, all on your right, the road becomes a country track for the last mile to Scalan.  Cars and minibuses can continue on to park quite close to Scalan, but coaches need to stop here.  However, on the day of the annual Mass, car drivers can be confidently waved down by those who need a lift along the track.

Sensible shoes are required, and one should be prepared for any weather.  Scalan has its own climate system!  Please observe the Country Code, shutting field gates and respecting what is a place of work for some, and home for all who live there.