Pictures from Scotland and England

Exploring our Anglican Heritage

A Youth Pilgrimage to Scotland and Northern England

Led by:

Natalie Greene
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Oak Park, IL

July 2 - 12, 2016

Trip map

DAY 1: Saturday, July 2, 2016 - Depart Chicago O'Hare Airport on our trans-Atlantic Aer Lingus flight to Dublin.  There, we will transfer to our Aer Lingus flight into Glasgow. M

DAY 2: Sunday, July 3, 2016 - Our pilgrimage to Scotland begins.  Upon arrival in Glasgow, we clear immigration, meet our driver and travel into England to Lindisfarne, Holy Isle.  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.  St. Aidan was not the first person on Lindisfarne, but his name is the first known name mentioned in relation to the island.  Under its greatest Abbot, Cuthbert, Lindisfarne became one of the greatest centers of learning in Christendom.  Upon arrival on Lindisfarne, we will walk the ruins and hear a lecture about St. Adian and St. Cuthbert.  We attend Evening Prayer at St. Mary’s before returning to the mainland for dinner and overnight in Berwick Upon Tweed. D

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

DAY 3: Monday, July 4, 2016 - Today we begin our journey back into Scotland to Iona.  We drive through the beautiful Scottish country side 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 to a public bus that 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.  Overnight Iona. BD

Iona activities will be coordinated by the leaders.

DAY 4: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 through DAY 8: Saturday, July 9, 2016- We step back into the Celtic spiritual history of Scotland on this enchanting Island.  Iona (Scottish Gaelic: Ì Chaluim Chille) is a small island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland that has an important place in the history of Christianity in Scotland and is renowned for its tranquility and natural beauty.  Its modern Gaelic name means “Iona of Saint Columba” (formerly anglicized “lcolmkill”).  A monastery was established by St. Columba here in the 6th century and Columba died here in 597.  Iona is a true “thin space where, through the ages, pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the holy.  We will spend full days participating in the Iona Community.  Overnight Iona. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - This morning we say “goodbye” to Iona and travel to Fort William where we see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue on through the spectacular Trossachs to Loch Lomond, the largest of Scotland’s lakes and, according to Sir Walter Scott, “The Queen of Scottish Lakes.”  Our journey continues to Stirling, known as the gateway to the Highlands.  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.  Our last stop will be at St. Margaret’s Cave then on to Glasgow for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 10: Monday, July 11, 2016 - Today 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.  This afternoon we will be free to explore in small groups with chaperones.  Dinner and overnight Glasgow. BD

DAY 11: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - This morning we depart for the Glasgow Airport to board our Aer Lingus flight to Dublin.  There, we transfer to our Aer Lingus flight back into the Chicago O’Hare Airport. BM

Price: $3,239.00  Pricing based on double/triple occupancy and excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Chicago O'Hare Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $549.00.

* Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges currently at $543.33 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 $1.44 to the GBP.

Terms and Conditions:
◊ 1. PRICES ARE CASH.  AMERICAN EXPRESS ACCEPTED FOR FINAL PAYMENT ONLY ADD'L 3.5%.
◊ 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

Final Payment due April 1, 2016

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 31, 2016: $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 1 – May 15, 2016: $500.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ May 16, 2016 or later: NO REFUND

$400.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

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, 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.