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First pub in Scotland blessed by a church

Tue 24 Apr 2018
By Eno Adeogun

A pub has become the first in Scotland to be blessed by a church.

The Crask Inn in Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, will begin providing daily prayers as well as spiritual retreats and clergy training.

The pub was gifted to the Scottish Episcopal Church in February last year by its previous owners but legal issues stalled the change in ownership.


The pub which was owned by Michael and Kai Geldard is being run for the church by Douglas Campbell - a licensed Eucharistic minister of the Chalice - and his wife Denise, despite the pair having no experience in pulling pints.

Nearly 100 people gathered to witness the rural pub's blessing conducted by Rev Mark Strange - the Episcopalian Bishop of the United Diocese of Moray.

Denise who attended told the Scotsman: "It's all very exciting. I think the spiritual and religious aspect will increase but I don't think the hospitality side of things will decrease.

"The inn side will continue because it's very important for hospitality and meeting people."

Services will be held at the pub twice a month.

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