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The Celtic Challenge 2017 in Pictures


On 10 May 2017 33 intrepid supporters of the Hospice departed from our grounds to cycle 200 miles across Scotland to the isle of Iona.

Celtic Challenge 2017The journey took just four days, with the participants cycling on average 50 miles a day through some of Scotland’s stunning scenery including the Kelpies; the Falkrik Wheel; along the banks of bonnie Loch Lomond; up the Rest & Be Thankful pass; through the gateway to the Isles – Oban; a relaxing trip on the ferry to Iona; and then across the island to the St Columba’s Abbey which was founded by the Hospice’s namesake.

The Celtic Challenge is an annual cycling event and all the participants have trained for several months to be fit enough to take part. Everyone who set off also has done lots of fundraising activities and together they will have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Hospice.

One of the Hospice’s nurses who took part in the event said: “A big thank you for the lovely  send-off given to all the cyclists taking part in this year’s Celtic Challenge. The cycling team members were all very touched by the support shown by staff and volunteers and many mentioned to me on our way to Iona how much it meant to them.

“The cycle went very well, the route, hotels, weather, food etc were perfect. It was great fun, and many of the team have already said they would like to sign up again for next year. I would recommend this event to you all!”

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the participants in the Celtic Challenge 2017 and to everyone who donated and helped with the fundraising. 


We are already taking notes of interest for next year’s event so if you’re feeling inspired please get in touch by emailing fund@stcolumbashospice.org.uk or call the fundraising team on 0131 551 1381.

Our thanks to Neil Hanna for the photos of the grand depart, and to Brian MacDonald for the photographs along the route.


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