Pictures from Scotland and England

A Pilgrimage to Scotland and England

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

Led by:

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Asel
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

May 5 - 18, 2014

Trip map

DAY 1: Monday, May 5, 2014 - Depart from Denver on United Airlines with a connection in Newark to Glasgow, Scotland. M

DAY 2: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - We clear immigration and meet our driver and head directly for the quaint sea side town of Oban.  Upon arrival at Oban, we will take a ferry to the Isle of Mull, renowned for its landscape, wildlife, beaches and hills.  A short ferry crossing from Fionnphort will bring us to the Isle of Iona.  The Rev. Phillip Newell will join the group for dinner this evening.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. MD

DAY 3: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - Today The Rev. Phillip Newell, poet, peacemaker, minister and scholar, internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic Spirituality will lead us in our discussions and adventures in Celtic Spirituality.  Dr. Newell teaches and preaches internationally on themes related to the sacredness of the earth and the oneness of the human soul. He is one of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the English-speaking world. Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 4: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Today we step back into the Celtic spiritual history of Scotland. Iona 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 where we will join in Morning Prayer and singing.  For the rest of the day, there is a combination of free time and an introduction to Celtic Christianity and spirituality by the group leaders.  We enjoy the late evening service at Iona Abbey.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

DAY 5: Friday, May 9, 2014 - We depart midmorning to return to the mainland as we travel across Nothumberland to the visitior’s center along Hadrian’s Wall, the 73 mile wall begun under the direction of the Roman Emperor, Hadrian.  We explore Housestead’s Fort, one of the “milecastles” or small forts built every mile along the wall.  Overnight at Cholleford near the wall. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Today we travel 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.  Dinner and overnight Lindisfarne. BD

Note: Access to and from Lindisfarne is via a causeway and therefore governed by tides.  Crossing times today are 10:35 AM until 7:15 PM. Times are subject to change.

DAY 7: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - This morning we attend services on Lindisfarne.  We enjoy a talk with a member of the Community of Aidan and Hilda on various aspects of the history of the island and the northern saints.  Dinner and overnight Lindisfarne. BD

DAY 8: Monday, May 12, 2014 - We leave Holy Island stopping in York to visit York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England.  The Minster contains a magnificent array of tombs, chapels and monuments.  After touring the Minster and the 11th century Chapter House, we will walk to the Shambles, a perfectly preserved medieval street with half timbered shops.  Dinner and overnight York. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - We continue traveling south today, stopping in Coventry to visit the ruins of St. Michael’s ChurchSt. Michael’s was destroyed by the German Luftwaffe in World War II and the new modern cathedral was built in its ruins.  The Old Church was a parish church and the new was given cathedral status in 1918.  We will continue to Southampton where we will spend the next 3 nights.  Dinner and overnight Southampton. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - We travel to Bath where we enjoy a walking tour of the town and visit Bath Abbey.  The church is the last of the great pre-Reformation churches built in a straight perpendicular style.  The interior is spacious and has many windows mostly with modern glass.  We continue to Wells, a quiet market town, which is wholly ecclesiastical in origin and development.  The Cathedral Church of St. Andrew at Wells is the oldest surviving English Gothic Church.  The city’s name came from the spring water that bubbles up in St. Andrew’s Well located on the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.  We return to Southampton for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 11: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - We visit Old Sarum and Stonehenge today to see the ancient circle of stones whose significance continue to baffle archaeologists to this day.  We tour Salisbury Cathedral which has the highest spire of any in Great Britain and contains an original copy of the Magna Carta.  Around the medieval cathedral are the quaint cobbled streets which make this market town so picturesque.  Dinner and overnight Southampton. BD

DAY 12: Friday, May 16, 2014 - An early morning departure today for Canterbury where we enjoy a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Canterbury.  The building is a living textbook of medieval architecture and the first of England’s great Norman cathedrals.  Thomas à Becket was martyred here when he was Archbishop of Canterbury.  His body now rests in Trinity Chapel.  We continue to London for dinner and overnight.  Dinner will be on our own this evening to enjoy one of the many restaurants London has to offer. B

DAY 13: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - After breakfast, we tour Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain’s royalty.  We continue on to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the great Gothic building which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren to replace the medieval cathedral destroyed in the fire of 1666.  The crypt here contains the tombs of Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.  The rest of the day we will be free to explore on our own.  Perhaps you will enjoy a ride on the London Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in the world.  The view from the wheel is magnificent and you can see for miles in each direction.  This evening we enjoy our “Farewell to England” dinner.  Dinner and overnight London. BD

DAY 14: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Late morning departure for the London Heathrow Airport where we board our United Airlines flight to San Francisco.  There we transfer to our flight into the Denver Airport. BM

Price: $4,729.00*  Pricing based on double occupancy and excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Denver Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $699.00.

* The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the British Pound and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the British Pound.

*Price excludes the airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are $701.10 and may change.  These will be added to your final invoice.

Final payment due January 31, 2014

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until December 19, 2013:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ December 20, 2013 – January 30, 2014:  $500.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After February 2, 2012: NO REFUND

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport by November 1, 2013.

2nd payment of $300.00 per person due December 20, 2013

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.