A Pilgrimage to our Spiritual Past

A Journey to England and Scotland

Led by:

Ms Cynthia Malloy
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Youth

July 9 - 19, 2007

Trip map

Day 1, Monday, July 9, 2007 – We will depart Tampa for the overnight flight to London, England.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

Day 2, Tuesday, July 10, 2007 – We arrive in London where we will meet our driver/guide and board our motor coach.  We will begin our pilgrimage with a panoramic tour of London during which we will see many of the London sites including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.  After our panoramic tour, we will check into our hotel and have a short rest and then join together for our “welcome to England” dinner at an authentic English Pub.  Overnight in London. BD

Day 3, Wednesday, July 11, 2007 – This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral which contains dozens of monuments and tombs, including the tombs of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington who defeated the French at Waterloo.  From the Whispering Gallery, high in the dome, words whispered can be clearly heard 112 ft. away.  We will then visit Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain’s royalty.  In the afternoon we will be free to explore London, revisiting in depth some of the places we saw yesterday.  Overnight in London. B

Day 4, Thursday, July 12, 2007 – Today we will travel to Canterbury and visit Canterbury Cathedral where we will learn about the history and spirituality of the Cathedral and the concept and practice of pilgrimage.  We will tour the Cathedral focusing on pilgrimage, including a short meditation on the theme “Journey Inward, Journey Outward.”  We will then attend a candlelit short Taize style service at the nearby ancient parish church of St. Martins.  We will return to London for our overnight. B

Day 5, Friday, July 13, 2007 – After breakfast, we will begin our trek north to the northern most area of England.  We will stop for lunch (3½ hours from London) in the English Medieval city of York.  We will visit York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England and the seat of the Archbishop of York, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the hierarchy of the Church of England.  We will explore the treasury and museum in the undercroft.  We will continue on (1½ hours) to the cathedral city of Durham, once the capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and now a thriving university town.  The city has been preserved and protected and offers a great deal of insight into the England of old.  We visit Durham Castle and the 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.  We will have dinner, explore the city on our own and overnight in the Durham area. BD

Day 6, Saturday, July 14, 2007 – This morning we continue (one hour, 20 minutes) to Lindisfarne, Holy Isle, where religious history dates from the beginning of Christianity in England.  St. Aidan established a monastery on the island in 635 AD and St. Cuthbert was buried here in 687.  We will enjoy the 3 mile Pilgrim’s Walk from the mainland to Holy Island when the tide is out.  Upon arrival we will have a special service, walk the ruins, and learn about St. Aidan and St. Cuthbert.  We will leave the island and continue to Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England, the first being Windsor Castle.  The castle has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309.  We continue on to Scotland using the travel time for prayers, reflections and some time to write some of our thoughts for this day in our journals.  We will overnight in the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. BD

Day 7, Sunday, July 15, 2007 – This morning we will attend early services at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.  After services, we will walk the ancient cobbled streets of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and visit Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, home to the British royal family when they are in Edinburgh.  This afternoon we will be free to explore on our own in small groups with chaperones.  Overnight Edinburgh. BD

Day 8, Monday, July 16, 2007 – This morning we travel (about 1 hour 15 minutes) to St. Andrew’s, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland on the North Sea coast.  We will explore the ruins of the cathedral of our patron saint.  We will then take a scenic journey across Scotland to Oban in the west (about three hours travel).  We will travel through Callander where we will see the peak of Ben Ledi (2,882 ft.) looming at the end of the main street.  We will continue on to Oban where we will take a ferry to the Island of Mull, cross Mull on our coach and then take a second ferry on to the Isle of IonaIona is known as the cradle of Celtic Christianity and has only 100 permanent inhabitants.  We will be free to explore the island on our own.  This evening we will go to the Village Hall for a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee), a Scottish get-together held at 10 PM.  Overnight on Iona. BD

Day 9, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 – Today we step back into the Celtic spiritual history of Scotland.  We will worship in Iona Abbey at the 9:00 AM service and then meet at 11:30 AM at St. Martin’s Cross in front of the Abbey to embark on a Pilgrimage Walk of Iona.  This is a challenging day’s expedition around the island of Iona visiting places of historic and religious significance.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

Day 10, Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – We depart from Iona today and travel through the spectacular Trossachs where Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) lived and gained his reputation.  We will drive along the shores of Loch Lomond, the largest and most scenic of Scotland’s lakes.  Perhaps we will stop by the lake, called the Queen of Scottish Lakes by Sir Walter Scott, for a picnic.  We will continue our journey to our departure city, Glasgow where we will enjoy a “farewell to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight in Glasgow. BD

Day 11, Thursday, July 19, 2007 – Today we say “goodbye” to Scotland, transfer to Glasgow Airport for our return flight home. BL

Price: $3,314.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Tampa, FL.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single suppliment costs available upon request.

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Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

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