Carfin Grotto

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Built in the early 1920s by local unemployed miners, this endearing grotto welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world who come to pray in peace and tranquility. Drawing its inspiration from the Lourdes Grotto in France, Carfin Grotto houses many notable features including a glass chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Maid of the Seas, in memory of those who died in the Lockerbie disaster. A small bridge over a stream leads to the chapel, with each brick on the bridge bearing the Papal crest, each one purchased by a Catholic at the time of the Pope's visit to Scotland. The grotto also shelters a subterranean cavern representing the Cave of Bethlehem, a tapestry of religious relics, shrines to various saints and monuments to those who died in wars and the Irish potato famine. The Pilgrimage Centre was opened in 1997 and, through an audio-visual presentation and exhibition, traces the history of pilgrimage worldwide. Also home to the sharply-sculpted memorial dedicated to Black Madonna of Częstochowska, Carfin Grotto, a solemn religious establishment, is one of UK's foremost pilgrimage sites.

Location:  100 Newarthill Road

Business hours:  Mo-Sa 9:00 a.m.-Close, Su 8:00 a.m.-Close