Scotland’s Churches Trust

Scotland’s Churches Trust


The Sacred Places theme promoted by Scotland’s Churches Trust focuses on the wish of both visitors and local communities to be able to access their wonderful range of church buildings in a meaningful way – whether the visit be occasioned by spiritual or heritage motivation or both.  Scotland’s Churches Trust can advise and assist member churches on visitor welcome, and with its range of “how-to” brochures (see Publications), provide information on research, presentation, security and other live issues.  The Trust, with its network of Local Representatives, encourages the opening of doors, the care of tourists and locals alike, and offers specific services such as the provision of grants for organ playing. The Trust assists in the preservation and upkeep of churches with advice and assistance on maintenance and repair. Repair grants, considered by a team of professional experts, are awarded to congregations to maintin their buildings in use for public worship.



Scotland’s Pilgrim Journeys (SPJ) is a faith tourism and heritage project developed and delivered by Scotland’s Churches Trust. Scotland’s Pilgrim Journeys bring together the travels of Scotland’s Celtic Saints and Medieval traditions of pilgrimage, with modern faith journeys.

In time a network of Pilgrim Journeys will criss-cross the whole of Scotland, encompassing many local routes and sites. Scotland’s network is part of a growing international renaissance of pilgrimage connecting us with the islands of Britain and Ireland, with Europe and with other continents.


As a way to help sustain Scotland’s religious heritage, Scotland church Trust offers grants for the maintenance and preservation of religious heritage sites.  These grants include: Fabric grants, Micro maintenance grants, Organ educational awards, and Organ concert awards.

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