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Finding Thin Places

A Pilgrimage of Celtic Scotland

Led by:

The Rev. Bernard Poppe
St. George’s Episcopal Church
Maplewood, NJ

August 21 - 30, 2016

Trip map

DAY 1: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - We depart from Newark, NJ for our trans-Atlantic flight on United Airlines into Edinburgh, Scotland.. M

DAY 2: Monday, August 22, 2016 - Upon our arrival in Edinburgh, we meet our guide and transfer to our waiting motor coach.  Our journey begins as we travel to Stirling, site of some of the most famous battles for independence against the English.  We visit Stirling Castle and see Stirling Bridge.  Dinner and overnight Stirling. D

DAY 3: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - We depart Stirling and travel through the Trossachs National Park en route to Iona.  Upon arrival in Oban, we will board the ferry, about a 45 minute ride, to the Isle of Mull.  We transfer by public transportation 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 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.  Iona has been called the entry way of Christianity into Scotland and Northern England.  Upon arrival we visit the Heritage Centre.  Time permitting, we will attend evening prayers at the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

DAY 4: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - After breakfast we make our way to the Abbey for morning prayer 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 be buried.  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 became 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 pilgrimage.  This afternoon there will be some time to reflect on your own, visit sites, rest, and browse in the quaint shops.  After dinner we join evening prayer in the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 5: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - This morning we make our way to the Abbey for morning prayer and then adjourn to St. Oran’s Chapel for singing.  We walk to Columba’s Bay, a pretty pebble beach on the southern coast of the island.  This charming bay is said to be where St. Columba landed on Iona in AD 563 and went on to set up his monastery on the island. We will have some time to reflect, journal and walk the Labyrinth before returning for evening prayer, dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Friday, August 26, 2016 - Today we say “goodbye” to Iona as we board the ferry and return to the mainland.  We continue via Loch Linnhe and Glencoe, which is referred to by Scots as the “Valley of Tears”.  It was here on February 13th that the slaughter of the Macdonalds by the Campbells took place as a result of an order from Edinburgh to kill all inhabitants of the valley below age 70.  Many of the Macdonald clan escaped the sword to die in the winter snows.  The final demise of the clan system occurred at the Battle of Culloden 50 years later.  We visit the Visitor Center before continuing our journey to Fort William, where we see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  Dinner and overnight Fort William. BD

DAY 7: Saturday, August 27, 2016 - We travel to Mallaig where we board the ferry to the Isle of Skye.  On arrival in Armadale, we visit the Clan Macdonald centre to discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, it’s most powerful clan.  Our journey continues via the Skye Bridge to Inverness, en route passing the instantly recognizable Eilean Donan Caslte, one of the most iconic images of Scotland known throughout the world.  Dinner and overnight Inverness. BD

DAY 8: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - After breakfast we visit Culloden Battlefield Center (scene of Great Britain’s last pitched battle).  We continue on to Loch Ness with a visit to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition before returning to Inverness, the “capital” of the Highlands.  Dinner and overnight Inverness. BD

DAY 9: Monday, August 29, 2016 - Today we have an early morning departure to Edinburgh, the capital and second most populous city of Scotland.  Upon arrival in Edinburgh 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.  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.  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.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 10: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - After breakfast we depart for the Edinburgh Airport where we board our United Airlines flight back to Newark. BM

Price: $2,999.00*.  Price is per person based on double/triple occupancy.

* Pricing does not include air.  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 $1.46 to the British Pound.  Optional activities and sites visited on free time are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit.  Excludes tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services.  Single supplement:  $559.00.

A deposit of $600.00 per person due with application and copy of passport.

Final payment due May 20, 2016

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until May 19, 2016: $600.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ May 20 – July 6, 2016: $800.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ July 7, 2016 or later: NO REFUND

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

It is recommended that you purchase additional coverage.  Go to our website www.worldwidepilgrimage.com and click on Travelex Insurance to read the coverage and rules regarding existing conditions or call 800-228-9792 Location # 09-1983.

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.