Pictures from England

Celtic Pilgrimage
A Pilgrimage to Scotland and England

Led by:

The Rev. Fran McKinney, Deacon

August 18 – 30, 2012

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Depart the Fort Myers Airport on a Continental Airlines flight to Newark, NJ.  There, we will transfer to our trans-Atlantic flight into Glasgow. M

DAY 2: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Upon arrival in Glasgow, we clear immigration, meet our driver and travel to Edinburgh.  This morning we attend a church service (place TBA), have lunch and check into our hotel.  The rest of the day we will be free to explore on our own.  This evening we enjoy a “welcome to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Edinburgh. D

DAY 3: Monday, August 20, 2012 - Today we 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 explore Edinburgh Castle where the views from the Battlement are breathtaking.  We see St. Margaret’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Apartments and the Crown Room.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 4: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - This morning we visit St. Andrews, ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland on the North Sea Coast.  We see the famous St. Andrews Links of golf legend and the Castle which served as the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St. Andrews.  We see the Cathedral, the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland and the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops and archbishops.  It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century AD when the relics of St. Andrew are said to have been brought here.  We see the University of St. Andrews, Scotland's first university. We return to Edinburgh for the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 5: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - We travel south today from Edinburgh.  We visit Rosslyn Chapel, dedicated to St. Matthew in 1446.  The chapel is known for the quality and variety of the stone carvings inside which cover almost every square inch of stonework.  The chapel is believed by many to be the burial place of the Holy Grail and was a featured location in the popular novel, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown.  We visit Melrose Abbey, once the richest abbey in Scotland and the location where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried.  We continue to Lindisfarne for evensong at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, dinner and overnight. BD

Note that access to and from the island is via a causeway and therefore governed by low tides.

DAY 6: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Morning services at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin followed by a full day on Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island.  The island has been inhabited since the Iron Age and Christianity was brought to the island by St. Aidan when he established a monastery here in AD 635.  St. Aidan came from Iona where he was a monk in the monastery founded there by St. Columba.  We visit Lindisfarne Priory, the original home of the Lindisfarne Gospels.  The rest of the day we are free to explore the island on our own and have time for reflection and prayer in this quiet, holy place.  Dinner and overnight Lindisfarne. BD

DAY 7: Friday, August 24, 2012 - We continue our retreat with time to explore the island on our own.  Dinner and overnight Lindisfarne. BD

DAY 8: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - After breakfast we travel back to the mainland to visit Bamburgh Castle, located on a great crag overlooking the coast with enchanting views of the sea.  The castle has been owned by various Norman lords through the middle ages and passed to the Armstrong family in the 1890’s.  We visit the Parish Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh, a place of worship founded on this site in 635 by Saint Aidan.  St. Aidan was called to Bamburgh from Iona by King Oswald to establish Christianity in Northumbria.  We continue to Jarrow where we visit the monastery of St. Paul, one of the most famous Anglo Saxon Monasteries in England.  We visit the museum which gives us a great view of monastic life and of St. Paul’s most famous member, Bede.  Our journey continues to Durham for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - We attend the 11:15 AM Holy Communion Services at Durham Cathedral.  This afternoon we visit Whitby Abbey, founded by St. Hilda in AD 657.  Caedmon, the first identifiable poet of the English language, was a monk here.  The Abbey was the site of the Synod of Whitby where the Roman and Celtic churches met for the first time to discuss their respective religions.  This evening we enjoy a private (pending confirmation) Evening Prayer at the Shrine of St. Cuthbert.  Dinner and overnight Durham. BD

DAY 10: Monday, August 27, 2012 - We explore Durham Cathedral, begun in the 10th century and admired by historians and architects from all over the world.  We see the Bishop’s Throne, the Sanctuary Knocker, and the tomb of Bishop Hatfield.  We continue to Durham Castle and take a walking tour of Durham, once the capital of Northumbria.  Dinner and overnight Durham. BD

DAY 11: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - We depart Durham and our journey continues south with a stop in Ely to visit Ely Cathedral, built by the Normans in 1083 on the site of a Benedictine Monastery.  We continue to Cambridge, where the university is best known for producing some of the world’s finest scientists.  Dinner and overnight Cambridge. BD

DAY 12: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - This morning we enjoy a “Christian Heritage Guided Walk” which will give us an overview of this historic University Town.  Included in our walk, we visit Holy Trinity (Charles Simeon’s church); the Round Church, built in the earth 12th century and the oldest of the four remaining round churches in England; and Kings College Chapel, begun in 1446 and completed in stages over the following century.  The chapel’s many treasures include rare early 16th century windows, exquisite fan vaulting, a Renaissance wooden screen and a painting by Rubens.  Our journey continues as we travel south to Reading for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 13: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - Morning departure for the London Airport to board our flight to Houston, TX.  There we will transfer to our flight into the Fort Myers Airport. BM

Price: $4,529.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Ft. Myers Airport  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $729.00.

* Pricing is based on double occupancy and excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges on October 11, 2011 were $571.46 and may change.  These will be added to the final invoice.

** 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 $1.57 to the British Pound.**

$300.00 per person deposit due with application by January 16, 2012.

Final payment due May 17, 2012.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until May 16, 2012:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ May 17 – July 2, 2012:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ July 3, 2012 or later:  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.