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Exploring Celtic Spirituality
A Pilgrimage to Scotland

Led by:

Sister Barbara Jean Brown & Sister Julian Wilson
Anamchara Fellowship
Newark, DE

May 3 – 14, 2013

Trip map

DAY 1: Friday, May 3, 2013 - Depart Newark Airport on United Airlines for our trans-Atlantic flight into Glasgow, Scotland.  Dinner on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - Upon arrival in Glasgow, we clear immigration, meet our driver, board our coach and begin our journey to Iona.  We drive through the beautiful Scottish countryside to Oban and visit St. John’s Cathedral, the Mother church of the historic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, within the Scottish Episcopal Church.  We are free to enjoy lunch on our own and time permitting explore Oban prior to 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, our home for the next four nights.  Iona has been called the entry way of Christianity into Scotland and Northern England.  Time permitting those who wish may attend evening prayers at the Abbey.  This evening we enjoy a “welcome to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Iona. D

DAY 3: Sunday, May 5, 2013 - Today we begin our exploration of the enchanting Island of IonaIona is the preeminent site “in Scotland.”  A monastery was established by St. Columba in the 6th century and he died here in 597.  The island is a true “thin space” where pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the Holy throughout the ages.  We gather for morning worship service at Bishop’s House.  Services on the island are scheduled in such a way, that the interested person can attend each one without conflict.  Our group leaders will introduce us to Celtic Christianity and provide an overview of the island and how we will spend our time here for the next several days.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BLD

DAY 4 & DAY 5: Monday, May 6, 2013 - Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - Retreat Days.  We will be free to explore on our own.  Places that may be of interest are St. Oran’s Chapel, built in the 11th century.  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; Nunnery Church; Church of St. Ronan, the Abbey, St. Martin’s Cross, dating to the 8th century.  It is the finest High Cross in Scotland and is decorated on one side with the serpent-and-boss and on the other with Holy figures.  We can enjoy an optional boat ride to Staffa for a visit to the natural basalt beauty of Fingal’s Cave to see the many varieties of sea birds living here.  Every Tuesday the Iona Community hosts a pilgrimage walk across the island.  This is an all day event that will be somewhat challenging visiting places of both historic and religious significance.  The pilgrimage begins from the Abbey grounds at 10:15 AM and you must dress for all weather and bring sturdy boots.  There is also an “On Road” pilgrimage that begins at 12 Noon and returns around 3:30 PM.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BLD

DAY 6: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Morning prayers and reflection before saying “goodbye” to Iona as we board the ferry back to the mainland.  From Oban, we travel north stopping at Fort William, nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis which is Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue to the Isle of Skye, recently voted 4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine.  Time permitting there will be some free time to browse the interesting shops and galleries where local treasures can be found before transferring to our hotel.  Dinner and overnight Isle of Skye. BD

DAY 7: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - Today we see how the islanders lived a hundred years or so ago as we step back in time into an old Highland Village.  We visit the Museum of Island Life, a group of seven thatched cottages, including the old Graham family home, the village smithy, the weaver’s house and a vast array of crafting implements.  We will also see pictorial and historical archives, including the story of Flora MacDonald before continuing to the lovely town of Portree.  Dinner and overnight Isle of Skye. BD

DAY 8: Friday, May 10, 2013 - An early morning departure for the Isle of Lewis which is steeped in history and culture which ranges back thousands of years.  Our first stop will be a visit to Dunvegan Castle, home of the McColoud Clan for over 700 years and the ruins of a chapel associated with St. Columba at Skeabost.  We stop at Luskentyre, a luxurious, white sanded beach with waters to rival the Carribean.  Time permitting, we will be free to explore on our own this afternoon.  This evening we meet with The Rev. Shona Boardmen from St Peter’s Scottish Episcopal Church for evening prayer and a program (TBD).  Dinner and overnight Stornoway. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Today a full day will be devoted to the Isle of Lewis focusing on the wealth of Viking history and archaeology, ancient stone circles, natural landscapes and wildlife.  Among the great sites of historic interest to be featured are the Callanish Stones, dating from 2900-2600 BC, a large stone circle surrounding a burial chamber and four avenues of stones leading away from the site on four sides.  We continue on to St. Molaug’s Church which has stood in Eoropaidh on the north coast of the Isle of Lewis for centuries.  We will celebrate Eucharist here before finishing the day at the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point of the Isle of Lewis which lies in the North Atlantic and is frequently battered by heavy swells and storms.  We see the lighthouse which was built to aid shipping in the 1860’s.  It is an unusual site to see a lighthouse in Scotland.  Dinner and overnight Stornoway. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Morning worship at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, built in 1837-1838, a simple harled rectangular church with a pinnacled tower at the west end.  The oak pulpit with statues of the saints came from King’s College in London.  The afternoon we will be free to explore on our own, journal, shop, or prepare for our journey home.  Dinner and overnight Stornoway. BD

DAY 11: Monday, May 13, 2013 - Today we say “goodbye” to Stornoway and travel to Irvine for dinner and overnight BD

DAY 12: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - An early morning departure for the Glasgow Airport where we board our United Airlines flight to the Newark Airport. BM

Price: $3,189.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Neward, NJ Airport  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $179.00.

* Pricing is based on double occupancy and excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges on May 9, 2012 were $633.80 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 $1.65 to the British Pound.**

Optional activities, sites visited on free time and sites not listed in the itinerary are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit.

$300.00 per person deposit due with application and copy of passport by October 15, 2012.  2nd payment of $500.00 due by October 15, 2012

Final payment due February 2, 2013.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until October 14, 2012:  $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ October 15, 2012 – March 16, 2013:  $500.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 17, 2013 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.