Carfin Grotto

The GrottoWelcome to the Web Site of Carfin Lourdes Grotto, Scotland's National Shrine to Our Blessed Lady, within the Diocese of Motherwell.

The founder of this beautiful shrine, Canon Thomas Taylor, was inspired by a visit that he and a number of parishioners made to Lourdes around 1920, which led to the realisation of his dream - to build a replica of the Lourdes Grotto for the people of Scotland.

Under the guidance of Canon Taylor, and with the willing help of many men during the Depression Years from the Carfin parish and neighbouring parishes, future generations have been left with a wonderful heritage and it is our privilege to preserve and enhance it.

You may know Carfin Grotto well, you may very well have visited it as a child; you may be a regular visitor or you may never have had the opportunity to come and visit the Grotto - no matter! We hope this web site will give you an insight to the life of the Grotto and that you'll find something of interest that will encourage you to come and visit us. You're welcome to spend time here in the peaceful setting of the Grotto and to join us for our Pilgrimage Services from Easter to October.