Pictures from Ireland

Stones and Crosses

Reading Symbolic Landscape in Scotland

Led by:

Dr. Marnie Jones
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL


The Rev. Gerald “Gee” Alexander
All Saints Episcopal Church
Jacksonville, FL

July 5 – 13, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, July 5, 2010 - We depart from Jacksonville with a connection at Newark, NJ to our trans–Atlantic flight to Glasgow, Scotland.  We have dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - Arrive in Glasgow.  This morning we visit Glasgow Cathedral and the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life.  The museum, named for Scotland’s Patron Saint, will frame our trip: it represents the human struggle to find meaning in life, exploring religion as a source for artistic inspiration, a structure for the phases of life, and a sociological force shaping life in Scotland.  The Cathedral next door is a rare example of an almost complete original 13th century church.  It is one of a very few Scottish cathedrals to escape destruction during the Scottish Reformation so it provides a unique opportunity to read in stone the impact of the Protestant Reformation.  We visit the Necropolis, right behind the Cathedral, to explore what this city of the dead suggests about the values of Glasgow’s richest and most influential inhabitants.  In the afternoon, we settle into our hotel.  This evening we will enjoy a “welcome to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Glasgow. D

DAY 3: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Today we journey to Iona, the earliest sacred Christian site in Britain.  It takes the better part of a day to reach Iona.  Celtic Christianity sees nature as a theophany; we begin to appreciate what that means as we travel by coach, crossing the border between the Lowlands and the Highlands, enjoying the craggy hills and sparkling lochs of The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park.  At the Port of Oban we take a 45-minute ferry trip to the Island of Mull; our coach takes us across to the west coast of Mull where we take a short ferry ride to Iona.  The island is a true “thin space” where pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the sacred throughout the ages.  Overnight Iona. BD

DAY 4: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - Today we explore the Island of Iona which permits us to read the evolution of Celtic influences in stone over the course of thirteen hundred years:  St. Columba established a monastery here in the 6th century; St. Martin’s Cross, the finest of Iona’s Celtic crosses, dates to the 8th century; St. Oran’s Chapel, remains intact from the 11th century; Iona Abbey, a Benedictine monastery begun in the 13th century, was destroyed during the Reformation and rebuilt by George McLeod in the 20th century.  We will attend a Palm Sunday service in the Abbey conducted by the Iona Community.  The Abbey and Nunnery grounds house one of the most comprehensive collections of Christian carved stones in Scotland.  Overnight Iona. BD

DAY 5: Friday, July 9, 2010 - Today we will be free to explore the island on our own. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - This morning we retrace our route back across Mull to Oban.  Then we head south to Kilmartin and the Kilmartin House Museum to study the ritual use of space by prehistoric peoples—burial cairns, rock carvings, and standing stones which antedate Stonehenge.  We continue on to the city of Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - A full day to explore Edinburgh on your own, shop or visit one of the many sites.  Tonight you will be free to enjoy a bit of nightlife—perhaps some traditional Scottish music at Sandy Bell’s Pub or a traditional Ceilidh (storytelling/music-sharing party).  Dinner on your own and overnight Edinburgh. B

DAY 8: Monday, July 12, 2010 - This morning we explore Edinburgh.  We will visit St. Giles Cathedral, the historic High Kirk (Church) of Edinburgh, 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.  After lunch we travel to Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th century private chapel.  We will study the elaborate carvings, an example of the resilience of Celtic symbols, despite nine hundred years of official suppression, making connections back to the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Celtic Crosses.  This evening we will enjoy a “farewell to Scotland” dinner before returning to our hotel for overnight.  Overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - After an early breakfast we make our way to the airport for our return flight to the United States arriving back into Jacksonville this afternoon. B

Price: $3,639.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Jacksonville International airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $299.00 per pilgrim.

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice. Estimated taxes as of August 4, 2009 $163.20 per person.

** 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 $1.69284 to the British Pound. **

$300.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport by September 15, 2009.

Final Payment due by April 6, 2010.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ August 14, 2009 – April 5, 2010 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 6, 2010 – May 20, 2010 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 21, 2010:  NO REFUND

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.