The critically acclaimed BBC show Pilgrimage will be returning to our screens soon, with a new line-up of celebrity pilgrims embarking on their journey of spiritual awakening.
Seven well-known celebrities will take the fifteen-day trip, following ancient walking trails and historic pilgrimage routes. In this series, the celebrity pilgrims follow in the footsteps of a sixth-century Irish monk called Saint Columba, a key religious figure involved in the spread of early Christianity from Ireland to Scotland and even further.
The pilgrimage will begin in the town of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and end in Iona in the Inner Hebrides – a 1,600km trip. The tiny island is the site of Saint Columba’s monastery, which Historic Environment Scotland describe as “a vibrant centre of Christian worship ever since St Columba arrived in AD 563.”
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The fourth instalment of the series comes after previous pilgrimages to Santiago, Rome, and Istanbul, which starred the likes of Debbie McGee, Stephen K Amos, Adrian Chiles, and Dom Joly.
Who is in the Pilgrimage celebrity line-up?
The line-up for this year’s pilgrimage will see well-known celebrities of various faiths take part, and big names from the world of acting, interior design, sport, and business are all set to take the trip. The seven celebrities taking part are:
- Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (Interior designer and TV personality)
- Monty Panesar (England cricket legend)
- Louisa Clein (actress)
- Nick Hewer (TV personality)
- Scarlett Moffatt (TV presenter, podcast host, and social media influencer)
- Shazia Mirza (comedian)
- Will Bayley (Paralympian)
Several members of the group have spoken about why the trip is important to them. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has said, “I think pilgrimage is about clearing out your mental closet by physical exertion and by spiritual conversation with yourself or, if you believe it, then conversation with your God.”
Cricket legend Monty Panesar talked about how he hopes the trip will be a journey of self-discovery, saying, “As a Sikh, I believe in Oneness, that we are all connected by an invisible force, a universal energy. Being on this pilgrimage, I’m really interested to learn how Christianity evolved and also learn a bit about myself… I want to see if there is anything about myself that I don’t yet know.”
Pilgrimage: The Road to the Scottish Isles will be a three-part series of sixty-minute episodes, beginning tonight (April 8) at 9 pm on BBC Two and iPlayer.