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A Pilgrimage to Our Spiritual Past

A Journey to Scotland

Led by:

The Rev. Mollie Turner and Elizabeth Langford
Bruton Parish Church
Williamsburg, VA

June 19 – 26, 2008

Trip map

DAY 1, Thursday, June 19, 2008 - Depart the Richmond International Airport on Continental 2286 to Newark.  There, we will transfer to Continental 36 for our trans-Atlantic flight into Edinburgh. Dinner on aboard the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Friday, June 20, 2008 - We arrive at the Edinburgh airport where we meet our guide and driver and transfer to our waiting motor coach.  This afternoon we will tour St. Giles Presbyterian Cathedral (Church of Scotland) which is located on the Royal Mile between Holyroodhouse, home to the British Royal Family when they are in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle where we will see the spectacular views from the battlements.  This evening we will enjoy a “welcome to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Edinburgh. D

DAY 3: Saturday, June 21, 2008 - We begin our trek to Iona.  We drive through the beautiful borders to the Highlands of Scotland.  We will drive along the shores of one of Scotland’s most scenic and famous lakes, Loch Lomond.  We will be taking the “high road” this day and learn why we don’t want the “low road” to Loch Lomond and Oban. It is in this area of the Trossachs that Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) lived and gained his reputation.  Upon arrival in Oban, we will be on our own for lunch and a brief time to shop before boarding the ferry (about a 45 minute ride) to the Isle of Mull.  Our bus will take us from Craignure across the largest of the Inner Hebridean Islands, Mull, through the moorlands to Fionnphort where we will board another ferry for a short ride (5 – 10 minutes) to Iona.  Overnight Iona. BD

DAY 4: Sunday, June 22, 2008 - After breakfast we will attend services at Iona Abbey at 10:30 AM.  Iona is the preeminent historical site for Celtic Christianity.  A monastery was established here by St. Columba in the 6th century and St. Columba died here in 597.  The island is a true “thin space” where pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the Holy throughout the ages.  Following services, we will walk to the Chapter House where we will participate in the introductory session “What is the Iona Community?”.  The rest of the day we will be free to spend time on the island reflecting.  Overnight Iona. BD

DAY 5: Monday, June 23, 2008 - Today we will be free to explore the island on our own in small groups.  This evening we will go to the Village Hall for a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee), a Scottish get-together held at 10 PM.  Overnight Iona. B

DAY 6: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Today we step back into the Celtic spiritual history of Scotland.  We will worship in Iona Abbey at the 9:00 AM service.  Surrounding the chapel is the Reilig Odhrain, the sacred burial ground which is said to contain the graves of 48 Scottish kings including that of Macbeth’s victim, Duncan.  We will then meet at 11:30 AM at St. Martin’s Cross in front of the Abbey and embark on a Pilgrimage Walk of IonaSt. Martin’s Cross, dating to the 8th century is the finest of Iona’s Celtic crosses and is decorated on one side with the serpent-and-boss and on the other with Holy figures.  Today’s expedition around the island will be challenging.  We will be visiting places of both historic and religious significance.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 7: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - We travel to Glasgow by way of Fort William where we will see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue on through the spectacular Trossachs to Loch Lomond, the largest of Scotland’s lakes and, according to Sir Walter Scott, “The Queen of Scottish Lakes.”  Our journey ends at the second largest city in Scotland, Glasgow, where we will enjoy a panoramic tour and visit the Cathedral of St. Mungo, the most significant historic building in Glasgow.  We will visit the necropolis which was, for the most part, the burial place of the rich and influential.  This evening we will enjoy a “farewell to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Glasgow. BD

DAY 8: Thursday, June 26, 2008 - After breakfast in our hotel, we will depart for the Glasgow Airport and board Continental 17 for our departure to Newark.  There we will transfer to Continental 2722 for our flight into the Richmond Airport arriving in the afternoon. BL

Price: $3,044.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Richmond, VA on Continental.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $319.00.  Price includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

Final Payment due by March 20, 2008

Cancellation Penalties
◊ December 4, 2007 - March 20, 2008 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 21 - May 19, 2008 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 20, 2008: NO REFUND

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

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.

The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro 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 Euro. Your pricing is based on the exchange rate of $2.03094 to the British Pound.