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Exploring Our Celtic Spirituality

A Pilgrimage to Scotland

Led by:

The Rev. Stephen Mazingo
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Fernandina Beach, FL

June 16 – 25, 2016

Trip map

DAY 1, Thursday, June 16, 2016 - We depart from Jacksonville, FL for our United Airlines flight to Newark, NJ where we change planes and connect to our trans-Atlantic flight on United Airlines into Edinburgh, Scotland. M

DAY 2: Friday, June 17, 2016 - Upon our arrival in Edinburgh, we meet our guide and transfer to our waiting motor coach.  Our journey begins as we explore Edinburgh Castle where the views from the Battlement are breathtaking.  We visit St. Margaret’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Apartments and the Crown Room.  Time permitting we worship at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, one of the original Episcopalian churches in the city of Edinburgh, formed when the Bishop and his congregation were forced to leave St. Giles Cathedral at the time of the Presbyterian establishment of the Church of Scotland in 1689.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. D

DAY 3: Saturday, June 18, 2016 - This morning we attend the 11 AM Eucharist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a thriving Scottish Episcopal Church at the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city.  After Eucharist we enjoy a walking tour visiting 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.  Time permitting we will have time to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 4: Sunday, June 19, 2016 - After breakfast we travel north to Bannockburn to visit the new center on the Battle of Bannockburn or Culloden Battlefield Center (scene of Great Britain’s last pitched battle).  We continue on via Pitlochry, a charming town that is often called the gateway to the Highlands, and on to Inverness, the “capital” of the Highlands.  Dinner and overnight Inverness. BD

DAY 5: Monday, June 20, 2016 - Today will be a full day visit to Cairngorm Mountain National Park.  We will visit the Rothimurchus Estate with a ranger to see some of the farming, forestry and wildlife highlights.  We will enjoy a group activity such as archery, mountain biking or hiking. We continue on to Lenault Farm for a sheepdog demonstration.  Dinner and overnight Inverness. BD

DAY 6: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - We make our way south today by way of Fort William, where we will see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue traveling through the beautiful Scottish countryside to the Highlands of Scotland.  Upon arrival in Oban, we will board the ferry, about a 45 minute ride, to the Isle of Mull.  We transfer by public transportation (to be paid for at the time of services) 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 three nights.  Iona has been called the entry way of Christianity into Scotland and Northern England.  Time permitting, we will attend evening prayers at the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

DAY 7: Wednesday, June 21, 2016 - After breakfast we make our way to the Abbey for morning prayer and then adjourn to St. Oran’s Chapel for singing.  Iona is a small island off the west coast of Scotland where, in 563, Columba founded a Celtic monastery that was very influential in its own times.  According to one legend Columba was condemned by a Synod in 561, possibly due to his part in a dispute over the ownership of a copy of a Gospel which resulted in the deaths of many in the battle of Cooldrevne.  Possibly because of the difficulties of separating his family political interests and his religious calling or possibly as a penance, he left his beloved Ireland with a group of twelve for exile on Iona, in 563, where he established a monastic community and become the first Abbot of Iona.  In the middle ages it was the site of a Benedictine abbey and over the centuries has attracted many thousands of people on their own pilgrim journeys.  We sail to Columba’s Bay to walk the Labyrinth before returning to Iona for evening prayer, dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Thursday, Jume 22, 2016 - Morning prayer in the Abbey before joining in front of St. Martin’s Cross to begin a hike around the island.  We will see ruins of the original abbey and the adjacent cemetery where 48 Scottish Kings are said to buried.  We share in storytelling, debriefing our experiences, and browsing in the quaint shops.  After dinner we again join evening prayer in the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 9: Friday, June 23, 2016 - Today we say “goodbye” to Iona as we board the ferry and return to the mainland.  We travel through the spectacular Trossachs and Loch Lomond, the largest of Scotland’s lakes to Stirling.  It is here that William Wallace led a battle where the English army was routed in 1297.  We visit Stirling Castle and see Stirling Bridge.  Dinner and overnight Stirling. BD

DAY 10: Saturday, June 24, 2016 - An early morning departure for the Edinburgh Airport where we board our United Airlines flight to Newark there we transfer to our United Airlines flight back to the Jacksonville Airport. BM

Price: Contact St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for Pricing and Payment Information.

* Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges currently at $789.20 per pilgrim and are subject to change until the tickets are issued. 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 $1.53 to the GBP.

Terms and Conditions:
◊ 2. Names as on passport.  If name is incorrect and tickets reissued, $50 fee plus change fees from airline.
◊ 3. $100 deviation fee plus any additional airfare, hotel, tour or admission charges.

Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries provides the following basic travel insurance for you at no additional cost:
◊ Accident and Sickness Medical Expense    $50,000
◊ Common Carrier A D & D                              $25,000
◊ Trip Delay, Missed Connection                       $1,000
◊ Medical Evacuation/Repatriation                $250,000
◊ Baggage/Baggage Delay                        $1,500/$250
◊ Emergency Assistance

* Price includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

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

Final Payment due by March 11, 2016.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 16, 2016: $250.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 17 – April 28, 2016: $500.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 29, 2016 or later:  NO REFUND

If pilgrim is under 18 traveling with only one parent or someone who is not a parent or legal guardian, you will need a notarized letter for medical care and permission to take the child out of the country.  Please see Children - Child traveling with one parent or someone who is not a parent or legal guardian or a group for more information.

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.