March 21, 2016 Live from the road

Whithorn - Dumfries

Reported by Devashishu Torpy 40.0 km

Our day starts at the Isle of Whithorn which is not an isle but a sacred place nevertheless

This is the Peace Cairn, a place started by children. People bring a stone and place it here as a message of Peace or to remember someone who has passed away.

Here at the Isle of Whithorn is the chapel of St Ninian - the Saint who brought Christianity to Scotland in the 5th Century AD

The ups and downs of life on the Peace Run

Our accommodation in Whithorn, behind St Ninian's RC Church. Thank you to the Deacon, Peter Marks, for offering us a place to stay.

At the Visitor's Centre in Whithorn we are welcomed with tea and scones

Angus gives us a tour

Ancient stones

Thank you to Julia (holding the torch) and the staff at Whithorn Visitors Centre. The Centre are embarking on ambitious projects and bringing attention to this quiet yet extremely significant corner of Scotland.

Julia!

In Wigtown, which is Scotland's National town of books, we are welcome at a short service called the 'Ninian moment'. Individuals from churches throughout the region gather every Monday to observe prayers and silence.

Everyone offers a special prayer for Peace

Gints carries the blessings of Wigtown on towards Dumfries

In Twynholm we stop to visit children at the Primary School

There are 56 children at this school

Shyamala, our Scottish coordinator, tells the children all about the run

The children asked us many interesting questions. The boy on the left was very happy to hear that the Peace Run has been to the Phillipines.

Gints gives everyone some stretching tips after the big run around the school which was led by Rose.

Martin Prowse (far left) is a former teacher and arranged everything at Twynholm for us. It also happened to be his birthday so we gave him a cake!

Arriving at Samye Ling Buddhist monastery.

After supper we are invited to attend prayers in their beautiful temple.

Torch carried by
Balavan Thomas (Great Britain), Bhauliya Moss (Great Britain), Devashishu Torpy (Great Britain), Gints Peleckis (Latvia), Gordana Petrovčić (Croatia), Ilca Vaclavikova (Czech Republic), Janani Spence (Great Britain), Paramanyu Lebedev (Russia), Rasmivan Collinson (Great Britain), Satyagraha Vladimir Salnicov (Moldova), Shyamala Stott (Great Britain), Vera Marques (Portugal).  
Photographers
Paramanyu Lebedev, Satyagraha Vladimir Salnicov
The torch has travelled 40.0 km from Whithorn to Dumfries.

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