Pictures from Scotland and England

Exploring Celtic Christianity

A Pilgrimage to Scotland

Led by:

The Very Rev. Joan Kilian
Trinity Episcopal Church
Statesboro, GA

October 1 - 10, 2017

Trip map

DAY 1: Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Depart the Savannah, GA Airport 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: Monday, October 2, 2017 - Upon our arrival in Edinburgh, we meet our guide and transfer to our waiting motor coach.  Our journey begins as we attend the 12:20 PM Mass at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, one of the original Episcopalian churches in the city of Edinburgh.  The church was 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 continue on to 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 will explore Edinburgh Castle where the views from the Battlement are breathtaking.  We will see St. Margaret’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Apartments and the Crown Room.  This evening we attend Evensong at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. D

DAY 3: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Today our journey takes us to the beautiful Border Abbeys.  We visit Jedburgh Abbey, the most impressive of all the border abbeys.  We explore the magnificent ruins of Melrose Abbey, founded by King David I in 1136 and the first Cisterician monastery in Scotland.  The heart of Robert the Bruce is buried here.  We continue to Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th century chapel located in the village of Roslin.  Originally Roman Catholic, services were discontinued after the Scottish Reformation in 1560 and Scottish Episcopal services began in Rosslyn Chapel in 1861 and continue to this day.  The chapel was made famous with its inclusion in the book The DaVinci Code.  This evening enjoy a Scottish Banquet at ‘Jamie’s.’  Overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 4: Wednesday, October 4, 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.  We continue on to Glasgow for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 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 transfer to the Govan area of Glasgow.  We visit Govan Old Parish Church, Govan Stones and other local points of interest before meeting with a member of the Iona Community based in Govan.  Overnight Glasgow. B

DAY 6: Friday, October 6, 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.  Upon arrival in Oban, we board the ferry (about a 45 minute ride) to the Isle of Mull.  We continue onboard our 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, our home for the next three nights.  Iona has been called the entry way of Christianity into Scotland and Northern England.  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.  Time permitting those who wish may attend evening prayers at the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight Bishop’s House, Iona. BD

All meals, accommodations, and activities on Iona have been arranged by the group leaders and are not provided by Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries.

DAY 7 - 8: Saturday, October 7 - Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 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, and St. Martin’s Cross, dating to the 8th century.  St. Martin’s Cross 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.  You are free to join the morning and evening prayers each day at the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BLD

DAY 9: Monday, October 9, 2017 - Morning prayers and reflection before saying “goodbye” to Iona as we board an afternoon ferry back to the mainland.  We visit Oban Distillery, famous for its single malt Scotch whisky.  Our journey continues as we begin our trek to Glasgow, time permitting we will have some free time to explore before joining back together for our “farewell to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Glasgow. BD

DAY 10: Tuesday, October 10 2017 - Morning departure for the Glasgow Airport where we board our United Airlines flight to Newark.  There we transfer to our United Airlines flight back to the Savannah Airport.. BM

Price: $2,399.00*.  * Pricing per pilgrim based on a minimum of 15 pilgrims double occupancy. Air from Savannah, GA Airport.

* Excludes airline taxes & fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice and tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services. The estimated taxes & fuel surcharges are $706.56 per pilgrim.  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 $1.22 to the British Pound.  All meals, accommodations and activities on Iona have been arranged by the group leader and are not provided by Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries and have not been included in the above price.  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.  Single supplement:  $289.00.

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

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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.