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A Pilgrimage to Scotland

Led by:

Pastor Dick Wohlschlaeger
Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

Swarthmore, PA

September 16 – 26, 2011

Trip map

Day 1, Friday, September 16, 2011 – Depart the Philadelphia Airport on US Airways for our trans-Atlantic flight into Glasgow, Scotland. M

DAY 2, Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Our pilgrimage to Scotland begins:  Upon arrival in Glasgow, we clear immigration, meet our driver and guide, and travel into the city stopping along the way for a light breakfast.  We visit Glasgow Cathedral, one of the few cathedrals that escaped the destruction during the Scottish Reformation by adapting itself to Protestant worship.  We continue to St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life, the Cathedral of St. Mungo, the most significant historic building in Glasgow.  We visit the necropolis which was, for the most part, the burial place of the rich and influential.  Pending confirmation, we attend a reception and tea at the Glasgow Presbytery offices, headquarters of the world’s largest Presbytery.  This evening we enjoy a “welcome to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Stirling. MD

DAY 3, Sunday, Sep0tember 18, 2011 - After breakfast we visit Stirling Castle, which, legend says, King Arthur wrestled the original castle from the Saxons.  We continue to the Church of the Holy Rude where the infant James VI was crowned in 1567.  We travel to Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce and his army of 6,000, outnumbered three to one, defeated the forces of Edward II in 1314.  The afternoon will be free to explore on our own.  Overnight Stirling. B

DAY 4, Monday, September 19, 2011 - This morning we depart for Iona, and stop along the way to see Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater lake.  Toward the north, Loch Lomond is a sparkling ribbon of water as it spills out of the hills.  Toward the south, it spreads out and this portion of the lake contains many wooded islands.  We continue our travels through the Trossachs, a beautiful region of craggy hills and sparkling lochs that is the meeting place of the Lowlands and the Highlands.  The region is home to many forms of wildlife.  We continue to Oban where we board our ferry to travel to the island of Mull.  Once we have crossed Mull we take a short ferry ride to the Isle of Iona, our home for the next two nights.  Time permitting, we join the Iona Community for evening prayers before having dinner.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

DAY 5, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - After breakfast, we begin a full day of exploration of the enchanting Island of IonaIona is the preeminent historical site for Celtic Christianity.  A monastery was established 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.  We make our way to St. Oran’s Chapel, built in the 11th century, for morning prayer and singing.  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 visit Iona Abbey and the Iona Community and see some of the Celtic crosses, including St. Martin’s Cross dating to the 8th century.  St. Martin’s Cross 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.  There will be some time to wander, shop in the many quaint shops on the island or spend some time in quiet prayer and reflection.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 6, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - We travel to Perth by way of Fort William where we see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue through the spectacular Trossachs and stop at Pitlochry for a visit to Edradour distillery, the smallest, but one of the finest, distilleries in all of Scotland.  We continue to Perth, once the capital of Scotland has been a focal point in Scottish history.  Dinner and overnight Perth. BD

DAY 7, Thursday, September 22, 2011 - This morning we visit the Church of St. John where John Knox delivered the sermons which led to the destruction of many local monasteries.  We visit the Scone Palace which stands on the site of an abbey destroyed by the followers of John Knox in 1559.  We continue on to Falkland, one of Scotland’s loveliest villages with its cobblestone streets and crooked houses.  It lies at the northern base of the hill of East Lomond.  We visit Falkland Palace, the Renaissance palace which was originally designed as a hunting lodge for the Stuart kings.  The construction began in 1500 by James IV but most of the work was carried out by his son James V in the 1530’s.  We return to Perth for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8, Friday, September 23, 2011 - Our journey continues as we travel to St. Andrews, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland on the North Sea coast.  We see the famous St. Andrews Links of golf legend, the Castle and the Cathedral.  We continue on to Dunfermline, the capital of Scotland until 1603, where we visit Dunfermline Abbey Church to see the 12th century Norman nave and the tomb of Queen Margaret.  Then on to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum which includes the 18th century weaver’s cottage in which he was born and a memorial hall provided by his wife.  The displays tell the story of the weaver’s son who immigrated to America and became one of the richest men in the world.  We continue to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9, Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Today we explore the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.  We visit Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles Cathedral.  We drive along the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the queen when she is in Scotland.  We tour the castle and visit the royal gardens.  There will be some free time this afternoon for shopping or further explorations and our guide will help us find our way.  Overnight Edinburgh. B

DAY 10, Sunday, September 25, 2011 - This morning we worship at St. Giles Cathedral, Mother Church of Presbyterianism which contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle.  The rest of the day we will be free to explore on our own, shop or revisit a favorite place.  You might consider the Royal Museum, the Museum of Scotland, or the John Knox House.  The former Royal yacht, Brittania is located at the Ocean Terminal which also has shops and many eateries.  Our guide will direct us to areas of interest.  We gather this evening for a fun night of Scottish music and food.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BL

DAY 11, Monday, September 26, 2011 - Morning departure for the Glasgow Airport where we board our non-stop US Airways flight for our return flight home to the Philadelphia Airport. BM

Price: Contact Leader.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Philadelphia, PA.  Air transportation available from other cities.

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of February 10, 2011 $442.86 per person.

Single Supplement: $409.00

$300.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Final payment due June 17, 2011

** 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 $1.60850 to the British Pound. **

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until June 17, 2011:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ June 18, 2011 – August 1, 2011:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After August 2, 2011:  NO REFUND

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.