Pictures from Scotland

A Pilgrimage to our Spiritual Past

A Journey to Scotland

Led by:

The Very Rev. James Harris, Jr.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Davenport, IA

June 15 – 26, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, June 15, 2009 - We depart for our trans-Atlantic flight into Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - Upon arrival in Edinburgh, we will meet our guide and transfer to our waiting motor coach.  We will begin our journey through Scotland as we travel to Stirling, known as the gateway to the Highlands.  It is here that William Wallace led a battle where the English army was routed in 1297.  We will visit Stirling Castle and see Stirling Bridge before we continue to Aberfoyle.  This small but important village lies in one of the most beautiful and scenic areas of Scotland and lies within the Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  We will have a “welcome to Scotland” dinner and overnight at Aberfoyle. D

DAY 3: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 and DAY 4: Thursday, June 18, 2009- We will begin our hiking adventure in the beautiful TrossachsLoch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park covers 720 sq. miles in the Scottish heartland, within an hour's drive for more than 70% of Scotland's population.  It takes in a wide variety of landscapes - wild mountain glens, towering giants, rolling hill country, rivers, woodlands and lochs.  We will have dinner and overnight both Wednesday and Thursday nights at Aberfoyle. BD

DAY 5: Friday, June 19, 2009 - We travel today via Crianlarich and Tyndrum to Oban.  From Oban we will journey by ferry to the Isle of Mull, then by road to Fionnphort where we take the 5 minute ferry to the Isle of Iona, the preeminent historical site for Celtic Christianity.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - Today we step back into the Celtic spiritual history of Scotland.  A monastery was established by St. Columba on Iona in the 6th century and Columba died here on Iona in 597.  Iona is a true “thin space” where through the ages pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the holy.  We visit the Iona Heritage Centre to see how the islanders’ have lived over the past 200 years.  This afternoon we meet 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: Sunday, June 21, 2009 - This morning 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 have some time to explore on our own with chaperones prior to taking the ferry via Mull to Oban.  Dinner and overnight Oban. BD

DAY 8: Monday, June 22, 2009 - We travel through the Trossachs to Loch Lomond, the largest and most beautiful of all of Scotland’s lakes.  We will take a boat ride on the Loch before continuing our journey toward Lochgilphead and at the head of Loch Caolisport we reach St. Columba’s Cave, occupied as long ago as the Middle Stone Age.  The cave is associated with St. Columba’s arrival into Scotland and used for Christian ceremony at that time.  We will continue to Glasgow for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - Today we tour Glasgow where we will explore the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art which houses an outstanding collection of artifacts including the painting of Christ of St. John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.  We will visit the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery which, opened in 1807 and is the oldest of the museums in the city.  An eclectic collection of art, coins, and objects from Roman sites is incorporated into the museum.  We will have dinner and overnight in Glasgow. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - We drive south today toward Dumfries to the town of Whithorn.  St. Ninian founded the first large Celtic style Christian community here in the 5th century.  The Whithorn Dig is excavating the site, an interesting focal point for visitors.  On the nearby shore, hundreds of pilgrims have inscribed prayers on the rocks at St. Ninians Cave.  We continue on to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD BD

DAY 11: Thursday, June 25, 2009 - This morning we will take a walking tour of Edinburgh.  We will visit St. Giles Cathedral, the historic City Church of Edinburgh which is located on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, home to the royal family when they are in Edinburgh.  We will explore Edinburgh Castle where the views from the Battlement are breathtaking.  We will see St. Margaret’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Apartments and the Crown Room.  The afternoon we will be free to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone.  Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh. BD

DAY 12: Thursday, June 26, 2009 - After breakfast in our hotel, we will depart for the Edinburgh Airport and board our flight back to the United States. BL

Price: $1,599.00 Land Only  Price is based on double occupancy without air.  Single supplement is $269.00.

** 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.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.47 to the British Pound. **

Final payment due April 16, 2009.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ April 1, 2009 – May 15, 2009 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 16, 2009: NO REFUND

Price includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

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.