Pictures from Ireland, Scotland and England

Three Thin Places

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

A Pilgrimage to Scotland, England and Ireland

Led by:

The Rev. Paul Tunkle
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Baltimore, MD

September 18 - 28, 2013

Trip map

DAY 1: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - We will depart from Newark International Airport for our nonstop overnight flight into Edinburgh, Scotland. M

DAY 2: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - We arrive at the Edinburgh Airport where we will be met by our driver.  We will enjoy a tour of Edinburgh and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, standing at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile and against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat.  It is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty, The Queen.  This fine baroque palace is associated with Scotland's rich royal history.  We will visit Edinburgh Castle, this instantly recognizable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of the Old and New towns of the Edinburgh World Heritage site.  We visit the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary, built in the 19th century in the west end of Edinburgh’s New Town.  We will cross the border into England where we will have dinner and overnight at Berwick-Upon-Tweed. MD

Note that access to and from the island is via a causeway and therefore governed by low tides.

DAY 3: Friday, September 20, 2013 - We begin our day walking across the tidal causeway, the ancient route of pilgrims across the sand and mud flat from the mainland to Holy Island, Lindisfarne, with its Priory and Castle.  In 635 AD St. Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery on Lindisfarne, one of the most important early centers of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.  The Christian message flourished here and spread throughout the world.  On arrival we will have a talk from a member of the Community of Aidan and Hilda on various aspects of the history of the island and the northern Saints.  We will depart on our coach and visit the exquisite 15th century medieval Midlothian Rosslyn Chapel before arriving back in Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - We depart Edinburgh and travel west over Scotland.  We will visit Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important of all Scottish castles.  Mary Queen of Scots, as well as other monarchs, were crowned here and the castle has been sieged many times in history.  We continue to Oban and visit the Oban Distillery, famous for its single malt Scotch Whisky.  Dinner and overnight Oban. BD

DAY 5: Sunday, September 22 2013- Today, we take the early ferry from Oban to IonaIona has been called the “entry way of Christianity into Scotland”.  St. Columba landed here from Ireland in 563 AD and founded the monastery that was to become the most important in Europe.  Our first visit this morning will be to St. Oran's Chapel and Cemetery (the burial ground of 48 Scottish kings including Duncan who was killed by Macbeth), Nunnery Church and Church of St. Ronan.  We will take the late ferry back to Oban for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Monday, September 23, 2013 - We depart Oban and travel through the picturesque countryside along the west coast of Scotland.  We will visit St. Conan’s Church at Loch Awe and stop at the picturesque village of Luss before we arrive at Stranraer to take the afternoon ferry to Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We continue to Armagh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - This morning we will meet with the Director of the “Centre for Celtic Spirituality”, The Rev. Grace Clunie, for a welcome and tour of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.  We will attend worship there and learn about its history from the Celtic perspective.  After an early lunch we will continue to Downpatrick where we will visit Down Cathedral and Saul Church.  Saul is claimed to be the oldest ecclesiastical site in Ireland. In the year 432 AD St. Patrick built his church here.  We return to Armagh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - This morning we will travel to the pre-Christian, megalithic site, Newgrange, an ancient burial ground designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  We will stop to see the Celtic Crosses of Monasterboice, some of the most in-tact high crosses in Ireland dating back over 1000 years and also see the peaceful Mellifont Abbey.  We continue to Dublin for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - This morning we explore Glendalough, the setting of some of Ireland’s most important monastic settlements.  We will go to the visitors’ center and see a film, “Ireland of the Monasteries”, which will give us a brief history of the monastery.  We will then have a guided tour of St. Kevin’s Monastic City led by Fr. Michael Rodgers who has returned to Ireland after twenty years of missionary service.  He will lead us on a spiritual journey from the Monastic City along the Pilgrims’ Way to the upper lake and visit the remains of St. Kevin’s Cell and the Reefert Church.  We can gaze across the lake to see St. Kevin’s Bed and the ruins of Tempall na Skellig, “Church on the rock”.  We return to Dublin for Evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Overnight Dublin. BD

DAY 10: Friday, September 27, 2013 - Our first stop this morning is Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old Book of Kells, the beautifully illuminated version of the Gospels designed by monks in the 9th century.  We will visit the Gothic Christ Church and explore the Cathedral and its vaults.  We will visit the Guiness Distillery and have dinner and overnight in Dublin. BD

DAY 11: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - We will depart from Dublin Airport for our return flight to Newark International Airport. BD

Price: $3,299.00.  Pricing based on double occupancy and excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Newark International Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $549.00.

** Pricing is based on the exchange rate of $1.30 to the Euro and if rate changes, price may change.  Price excludes the airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are currently over $500.00 and may change.  These will be added to your final invoice. **

Final Payment due June 10, 2013

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until June 10, 2013 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After June 11, 2013: NO REFUND

$300.00 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.