Pictures from England

A Pilgrimage to Scotland

Led by:

The Rev. Dr. Brad Monroe & Frank Bouchard
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Tucson, AZ

May 10 - 20, 2017

Trip map

DAY 1: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Depart the Phoenix, AZ Airport on American Airlines for our flight to New York, JFK where we transfer to our American Airlines flight into Edinbugh, Scotland. M

DAY 2: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Our pilgrimage to Scotland begins:  Upon arrival in Edinburgh, we clear immigration, meet our driver and guide, and travel to Glasgow stopping along the way for a light breakfast.  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.  Pending confirmation, we attend a reception and tea at the Glasgow Presbytery offices, headquarters of the world’s largest Presbytery.  This evening we enjoy a “welcome to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Stirling. D

DAY 3: Friday, May 12, 2017 - After breakfast we visit Stirling Castle, which, legend says, King Arthur wrestled the original castle from the Saxons.  We continue to the Church of the Holy Rude where the infant James VI was crowned in 1567.  We travel to Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce and his army of 6,000, outnumbered three to one, defeated the forces of Edward II in 1314.  This afternoon and evening we will be free to explore and dine on our own.  Overnight Stirling. B

DAY 4: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - This morning we depart for Iona, and stop along the way to see Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater lake.  Toward the north, Loch Lomond is a sparkling ribbon of water as it spills out of the hills.  Toward the south, it spreads out and this portion of the lake contains many wooded islands.  We continue our travels through the Trossachs, a beautiful region of craggy hills and sparkling lochs that is the meeting place of the Lowlands and the Highlands.  The region is home to many forms of wildlife.  We continue to Oban where we board our ferry to travel to the island of Mull.  Once we have crossed Mull, we take a short ferry ride to the Isle of Iona, our home for the next two nights.  If time permits, we will join the Iona Community for evening prayers before having dinner.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

DAY 5: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - After breakfast, we begin a full day of exploration of the enchanting Island of IonaIona is the preeminent historical site for Celtic Christianity. A monastery was established by St. Columba in the 6th century and St. Columba died here in 597.  The island is a true “thin space” where pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the Holy throughout the ages.  We make our way to St. Oran’s Chapel, built in the 11th century, for Morning Prayer and singing.  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.  We visit Iona Abbey and the Iona Community and see some of the Celtic crosses, including St. Martin’s Cross dating to the 8th century.  St. Martin’s Cross is the finest of Iona’s Celtic crosses and is decorated on one side with the serpent-and-boss and on the other with Holy figures.  There will be some time to wander, shop in the many quaint shops on the island or spend some time in quiet prayer and reflection.  Dinner and overnight on Iona. BD

DAY 6: Monday, May 15, 2017 - We depart Iona by return ferries and travel to Perth by way of Fort William where we see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue through the spectacular Trossachs and stop at Pitlochry for a visit to Edradour distillery, the smallest, but one of the finest, distilleries in all of Scotland.  We continue to Perth, once the capital of Scotland which has been a focal point in Scottish history.  Dinner and overnight Perth. BD

DAY 7: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - This morning we visit the Church of St. John where John Knox delivered the sermons which led to the destruction of many local monasteries.  We visit the Scone Palace which stands on the site of an abbey destroyed by the followers of John Knox in 1559.  We continue to Falkland, one of Scotland’s loveliest villages with its cobblestone streets and crooked houses.  It lies at the northern base of the hill of East Lomond.  We visit Falkland Palace, the Renaissance palace which was originally designed as a hunting lodge for the Stuart kings.  The construction began in 1500 by James IV but most of the work was carried out by his son James V in the 1530’s.  We return to Perth for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - Our journey continues as we travel to St. Andrews, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland on the North Sea coast.  We see the famous St. Andrews Links of golf legend, the Castle and the Cathedral.  We travel to Dunfermline, the capital of Scotland until 1603, where we visit Dunfermline Abbey Church to see the 12th century Norman nave and the tomb of Queen Margaret.  Then we continue to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum which includes the 18th century weaver’s cottage in which he was born and a memorial hall provided by his wife.  The displays tell the story of the weaver’s son who immigrated to America and became one of the richest men in the world.  We continue to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Today we explore the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. We visit Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles Cathedral.  We drive along the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland.  We tour the castle and visit the royal gardens.  There will be some free time this afternoon and evening for shopping, dining or further explorations suggested by our guide who will help us find our way.  Overnight Edinburgh. B

DAY 10: Friday, May 19, 2017 - This morning we worship at St. Giles Cathedral, Mother Church of Presbyterianism, which contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle.  The rest of the day we will be free to explore on our own, shop or revisit a favorite place.  You might consider the Royal Museum, the Museum of Scotland or the John Knox House.  The former Royal yacht, Brittania, is located at the Ocean Terminal which also has shops and many eateries.  Our guide will direct us to areas of interest.  We gather this evening for a fun night of Scottish music and food.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 11: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - We will have a morning departure for the Edinburgh Airport where we board our American Airlines flight to New York, JFK, transferring there to our American Airlines flight for our return home to the Phoenix Airport. BM

Price: $3,899.00  Price is based on a minimum of 17 Pilgrims, double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Air from Phoenix, AZ Airport on American Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $499.00.

*Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges currently at $750.44 per pilgrim and are subject to change until the tickets are issued. The price is not guaranteed and may change until we have enough pilgrims to confirm the pilgrimage and 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 $1.24 to the British Pound.  Excludes tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services.

Roommate needed.  If a roommate cannot be found, I understand that I will be charged for the single supplement.

A non-refundable deposit of $600.00 per pilgrim due by December 6, 2016 with application and copy of passport.

Final payment due February 1, 2017.

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:
◊ Trip Delay - $1,000
◊ Baggage & Personal Effects - $1,500
◊ Baggage Delay - $250
◊ Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses - $25,000
◊ Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation - $150,000
◊ Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided By Travelex's designated providers.

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

Tips for the driver and guide are NOT included.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until January 31, 2017:  $600.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 1 - March 24, 2017:  $1,000.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 25, 2017 or later:  NO REFUND

It is recommended that you purchase additional coverage.  Go to our website and click on Travelex Insurance to read the coverages and rules regarding existing conditions or call 800-228-9792 Location # 09-1983.  An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

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.