Pictures from Scotland and England

Exploring our Spiritual Roots

A Pilgrimage to Scotland and England

Led by:

The Rt. Rev. Neff Powell

The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Roanoke, VA

October 4 – 13, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - Depart from Roanoke, VA with a connection in Philadelphia, PA bound for Glasgow, Scotland. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - We will arrive in Glasgow where we will meet our driver and guide and travel to Edinburgh, Scotland.  We will have some time to explore on our own before meeting for a welcome dinner and overnight in Edinburgh. MD

DAY 3: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - Today we explore the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.  We will visit Edinburgh Castle where we will see St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.  We will drive along the Royal Mile and see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the queen when she is in Scotland.  We will continue south today and stop at Melrose Abbey, founded by Aidan and where Cuthbert went when he began his monastic life.  We continue to Holy Island, Lindisfarne where Aidan also founded a monastery in AD 635.  The monastery became famous for its greatest abbot, Cuthbert, whose work made Lindisfarne one of the foremost centers of learning in Christendom.  We will cross a causeway from the mainland to reach the island where religious history dates from the beginning of Christianity in England.  We will have dinner and overnight on Lindisfarne. BD

DAY 4: Friday, October 7, 2011 -We explore Holy Island seeing Lindisfarne Castle and Lindisfarne Priory.  We will visit the Lindisfarne Centre to enjoy the interactive exhibit of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels which now reside in the British Museum in London.  We will have time for prayer and meditation at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, parts of which date back to the 7th century.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist here at the church.  Dinner and overnight on Lindisfarne. BD

DAY 5: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - We leave Lindisfarne today and travel to Durham, once the capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria and now a thriving university town.  We will visit Durham Cathedral, begun in the 10th century and now admired by historians and architects from all over the world.  We will see the bishop’s throne, the Sanctuary Knocker, and the tomb of Bishop Hatfield.  In stark contrast to the opulent tomb of the bishop is the delicate and intricate stonework of the Shrine of St. Cuthbert behind the high altar.  We will also visit the tomb of St. Bede before we attend Evensong at the cathedral.  Dinner and overnight at Durham. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - We travel to Hexham, the historic market town which is known as the gateway to Hadrians Wall.  We will visit Hexham Abbey here which has been a place of peaceful worship for over 1300 years.  We explore Hadrian’s Wall by beginning at the Roman Army Museum at the garrison fort of Carvoran.  The 73 miles of the wall are reinforced by a “milecastle” or small forts and each third of a mile by a turret.  We will return to Durham for dinner and overnight. B

DAY 7: Monday, October 10, 2011 - Today we will travel to York where we will enjoy a walking tour.  The many layers of York’s history that we will see include Roman, Viking, Norman, and Plantagenet.  We will see York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England and seat of the Archbishop of York, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the hierarchy of the Church of England.  The tour will include The Shambles, a perfectly preserved medieval street with half-timbered stores and houses.  We will have dinner and overnight at York. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - We will go to Whitby for a visit to Whitby Abbey, founded by St. Hilda in AD 657.  Caedmon, the first identifiable poet of the English language, was a monk here.  The Abbey was the site of the Synod of Whitby where the Roman and Celtic churches met for the first time to discuss their respective religions.  We will return to York for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - Today we will have the opportunity to take a peek at the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and then we will visit our companion diocese, the Diocese of Bradford, England.  We will visit the cathedral and have a very special pilgrimage program at the cathedral.  We will continue to Manchester for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 10: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - We travel to the Manchester Airport where we will bid our driver and guide goodbye, and board our return flight to the U.S. connecting and clearing customs in Philadelphia and arriving at Roanoke, VA this afternoon. BM

Price: $3,299.00  Pricing based on double occupancy and excluding airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are currently $405 per person and may change according to the fluctuation of fuel prices.  Roundtrip air from Roanoke, VA.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $399.00.

Final Payment due July 1, 2011

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until June 30, 2011 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After July 1, 2011: NO REFUND

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.