Pictures from Ireland, Scotland and England

Exploring our Roots

A Pilgrimage to Ireland & Scotland

Led by:

The Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie
Diocese of Wyoming
Casper, WY

May 22 – June 2, 2018

Trip map

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Depart the United States for our trans-Atlantic flight to Shannon, Ireland. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - We arrive in Shannon, meet our driver and board our motorcoach.  We travel to the Burren, a great rocky expanse in Ireland’s County Clare.  Its ancient awe inspiring stone structures hold secrets from the past.  We continue to the Cliffs of Moher.  The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.  O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs.  We continue on to the ferry port Rossaveal where we take a ferry to the Aran Islands.  On arrival we will be met by our guide Padraigín Clancy, a scholarly expert on St. Brigid and a graduate of Irish Folklore and History.  Padraigin has a keen interest in Celtic Christian Spirituality and has lectured extensively and facilitated retreats and seminars throughout Ireland, Britain, Australia, and the United States.  Drawn to the Aran Islands because of its unique landscape and Gaelic heritage she has made it her home since 1990.  We board our minicoach to Cill Éinne, one of the earliest monasteries in Ireland established on Inis Mór in the village of Cill Éinne in the 5th century by St. Enda. We visit the remains of the early 8th century church known as Tealach Éinne. The remains of a decorated 11th century high cross are among the ruins of the church.  Dinner and overnight Inis Mór. D

DAY 3: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - We drive to Dun Aengus, the Iron Age fort built as four concentric stone walls.  The fort has been called the “most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe”.  We visit Na Seacht dTeampaill, the Seven Churches which make up a monastic settlement dedicated to St. Brecan.  Dinner and overnight Inis Mór. BD

DAY 4: Friday, May 25, 2018 - This morning we travel to Glendalough a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.  We visit the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”.  We meet Fr. Michael Rodgers who returned to Ireland after twenty years of missionary service.  During this time he began to explore his own roots, a journey that led him eventually to mystical Glendalough.  He will lead us on a walk to St. Kevin’s Monastic City where we visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, the Cathedral, the Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.  We celebrate Holy Eucharist at Glendalough before continuing to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin for Evensong.  Dinner and overnight Dublin. BD

DAY 5: Saturday, May 26, 2018- Today we spend a day in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where we visit Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old Book of Kells, the beautifully illuminated version of the Gospels, designed by monks in the 9th century.  We continue to the National Museum, housing a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period.  We visit St. Audoen's Church the oldest parish church in Dublin still in use and St Michan’s Church rebuilt in 1686 on the site of an 11th century Hiberno-Viking church.  Deep in its vaults lie a number of bodies that have barely decomposed because of the dry atmosphere created by the church's magnesium limestone walls.  The wooden caskets, however, have cracked open revealing the preserved bodies, complete with skin and strands of hair.  After dinner we enjoy The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl where we hear some history, listen to music, and literature, washed down with a pint.  Led by two actors, the tour will take us to several pubs frequented by some of Ireland’s greatest writers:  Joyce, Beckett, Shaw, Yeats, Wilde, and Behan, among others.  Dinner and overnight Dublin. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - We depart to Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Newgrange is a Neolithic Ritual Centre and Passage Tomb, home of some of the greatest pieces of art of the European Neolithic, Ireland’s most significant prehistoric monument and among the world’s early great pieces of architecture.  We see the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick lit a Paschal fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara and visit Monasterboice to see Muiredach’s High Cross, the finest high cross in all of Ireland.  We transfer to Dublin Airport for the flight to Glasgow.  Overnight Glasgow. BD

DAY 7: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 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.  Iona has been called the entry way of Christianity into Scotland and Northern England.  If time permits, we will join the Iona Community for evening prayers before having dinner.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - We begin our exploration of the enchanting Island of IonaIona is the preeminent Holy 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.  We walk to the Abbey for Morning Prayer and then adjourn to St. Oran’s Chapel for singing.  We continue to 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.  Perhaps 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.  Here 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 we will walk to Columba’s Bay, a 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 on Iona. BD

DAY 9: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - This morning we say “goodbye” to Iona and travel to Fort William where we see Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.  We continue through Cairngorm National Park on to Aberdeen for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 10: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - We visit St. Andrew’s Cathedral Aberdeen, where America’s first bishop, Samuel Seabury, was consecrated in 1784.  The cathedral is a place that celebrates the shared spiritual heritage with America in the forming of the Anglican Commune.  We visit Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circles in Inverurie then on to the Church of St. Nathalan, named after a prominent saint of Deeside, who lost faith when his efforts to help the local people came to nothing after their crops failed.  We stop to visit Crathie Kirk at Balmoral, where the Royal family worships when on holiday in Scotland before continuing on to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 11: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 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.  This evening we will enjoy Evensong at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 12: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - We depart from Edinburgh to board our return flight to the USA arriving back to Salt Lake City this evening. BM

Price*:  20 - 24 Pilgrims $3,949.00*; 25 – 29 Pilgrims $3,799.00*; 30 or more Pilgrims $3,649.00*.

*Pricing based on a minimum of 20 pilgrims double occupancy.  Roundtrip air from Salt Lake City International Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $559.00.

* 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 $522.36 per pilgrim. The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro/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 Euro/British Pound. Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.19 to the Euro and $1.29 to the British Pound. Optional activities and sites visited during your free time are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit.

Roommate needed.  If a roommate is needed and cannot be found, the single supplement will be added to your invoice.

Final Payment due February 20, 2018

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 19, 2018 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 20, 2018 or later: NO REFUND

Deposit of $400.00 per person due with application and copy of passport.

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◊ 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.

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◊ Baggage & Personal Effects - $1,500
◊ Baggage Delay - $250
◊ Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses - $25,000
◊ Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation - $150,000
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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.