Pictures from Ireland, Scotland and England

Presbyterian Heritage/Celtic Spirituality

Listening for God

Led by:

The Rev. Jim Moiso


Dr. Richard Rohrbaugh

Portland, OR

September 22 – October 5, 2013

Trip map

DAY 1: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - Depart from Portland to Newark, NJ where we connect to our nonstop overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. M

DAY 2: Monday, September 23, 2013 - We arrive at the Edinburgh Airport where we will be met by our driver and guide.  As we drive into Edinburgh, we will take a panoramic tour of the city and stop for a tour of St. Giles Cathedral.  The cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of St. Giles, is commonly known as the mother church of Presbyterianism and is where John Knox first preached the Reformation.  After a tour of the church, we will join in noon prayer services after which we will check into our Edinburgh hotel and have some free time in the afternoon for a little rest or exploration on your own.  We will have dinner and overnight in Edinburgh. MD

DAY 3: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - We will tour 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 will visit Greyfriars Kirk, a parish church of the Church of Scotland.  This church has an important place in the history of the Scottish Coventers.  In 1638, the National Covenant was presented and signed in front of the altar.  We will venture slightly south of Edinburgh and visit Rosslyn Chapel of the book DaVinci Code fame and continue further south to see the Borders Abbeys including Melrose Abbey which, as were all the other border abbeys, was burned in the 1540’s on the order of King Henry VIII.  We see Dryburgh Abbey and Kelso Abbey where Sir Walter Scott attended grammar school.  We will visit Mary, Queen of Scots House in Jedburgh and Jedburgh Abbey, the best preserved of the abbeys.  Here we explore the visitor’s center where we will learn about the role of the abbeys in the life of the Borders.  We will return to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Morning tour of St. Andrews, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland on the North Sea coast.  We will see the famous St. Andrews Links of golf legend, the Castle and the Cathedral.  We continue on to Dunfermline, the capital of Scotland until 1603, where we will visit Dunfermline Abbey Church to see the 12th century Norman nave and the tomb of Queen Margaret. As we return to Edinburgh, we will visit Falkland Palace.  Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh. BD

DAY 5: Thursday, September 26 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, was crowned here and the castle has been sieged many times in history.  We continue to Loch Lomond, the largest of Scotland’s Lakes where we will meet Norman Shanks, formerly of the Iona Community who will lead us in a retreat.  Dinner and overnight at Loch Lomond. BD

DAY 6: Friday, September 27, 2013 - We will continue our retreat with Norman Shanks this morning and then travel to Oban.  Here we will take an afternoon ferry to the Island of Mull where we will have dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - We board the early morning ferry from Craignure on Mull to the Isle of Iona which 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 Mull for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Sunday, September 29, 2013 - We return to the mainland from Mull and drive south to Glasgow where we have some free time to explore on our own.  This evening we will have music and worship with people from Iona.  Dinner and overnight Glasgow. BD

DAY 9: Monday, September 30, 2013 - We will drive south of Glasgow this morning and take a fast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We will arrive in the very early afternoon and go directly to the exhibit known as Titanic Belfast, the world's largest visitor experience.  It is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship's construction.  Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.  Dinner and overnight Belfast. BD

DAY 10: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - We visit Down Patrick this morning and then continue to Londonderry which is also called Derry.  Here we will find the strange Giant’s Causeway, an area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.  Dinner and overnight in Derry. BD

DAY 11: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - We begin our journey toward Donegal stopping at Lough Derg along the way.  Pilgrims have visited here ever since St. Patrick spent 40 days praying on one of the islands that all evil spirits be banished from Ireland.  Although we cannot actually go to the island, we can stand on the shore and get a good view of the basilica that has been built there.  We continue to Donegal where we will have some free time.  Those who wish might venture to Donegal Craft Village to see the outstanding wares of the local craftspeople.  Dinner and overnight Donegal. BD

DAY 12: Thursday, October 3, 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 13: Friday, October 4, 2013 - Our first visit this morning will be to the Old Library at Trinity College to see the exhibit of the Book of Kells, the beautifully illustrated Bible.  We continue to 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 14: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Depart for the return to the USA. BM

Price: $4,799.00.  Pricing based on double occupancy and excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Portland, Oregon Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $799.00.

** Pricing is based on the exchange rate of $1.32 to the Euro and if rate changes, price may change.  Price excludes the airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are currently $527.98 and may change.  These will be added to your final invoice. **

Final Payment due July 1, 2013

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until June 30, 2013 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ July 1, 2013 or later: 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.