Pictures from Scotland and England

Exploring Our Anglican Heritage

A Pilgrimage to England & Scotland

Led by:

The Rev. Danny Schieffler
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Little Rock, AR

June 1 - 13, 2018

Trip map

DAY 1: Friday, June 1, 2018 - Depart the Little Rock Airport for our flight on Delta Airlines connecting in Atlanta to our trans-Atlantic Virgin Atlantic flight into Manchester, England. M

DAY 2: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - We arrive in Manchester, England meet our driver and guide and board our private motorcoach.  We travel to York where the city is dominated by its towering Minster and is considered by many to be the most important sacred site in all of Europe.  Constantine was named Emperor of the Roman Empire here in AD 306 and made Christianity the official and recognized religion of the Roman Empire.  We visit York Minster, the largest gothic church in Great Britain.  We see the Crypt, the Treasury, the Chapter house, the Undercroft Museum and many other sites within the church.  This evening we enjoy a “welcome to England” dinner.  Overnight in York. D

DAY 3: Sunday, June 3, 2018 - This morning we worship at York Minster.  After Sunday services, we will see The Shambles, a perfectly preserved medieval street with half-timbered stores and houses.  The afternoon will be free to explore York on our own before joining together for Evensong at the York Minster.  Dinner and overnight York. BD

DAY 4: Monday, June 4, 2018 - After breakfast we depart for Housesteads Fort to see Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage site.  The wall was built after the Roman Emperor Hadrian visited the area in 121 AD.  It stretched for 73 miles with a “milecastle” (small fort) built at every mile and a turret built at every 1/3rd mile.  Only about 12 miles of the walls remain standing.  We continue to Durham for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Today we visit Durham Cathedral, begun in the 10th century and now admired by historians and architects from all over the world.  We see the Bishop’s Throne, the Sanctuary knocker, the Tomb of Hatfield, Shrine of St. Cuthbert and the Tomb of Venerable Bede. Pending confirmation, we visit Durham Castle and enjoy a walking tour of Durham. The city has been preserved and protected and offers a great deal of insight into the England of old.  The afternoon will be free to explore Durham on our own before joining together for Evensong at the Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Durham. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - This morning we depart for Lindisfarne.  The causeway of the island floods during high tide so we must time our visit accordingly.  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 635 AD.  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 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. We will visit Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Heritage Centre. We continue to Melrose Abbey, a Cistercian abbey that was the most famous of all the great Border abbeys.  All of the Border abbeys were damaged or destroyed as a direct order of Henry VIII in the 1540’s.  Our journey continues to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. BD

Note: Access to and from Lindisfarne is via a causeway and therefore governed by low tides.

DAY 7: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 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 will tour the castle and visit the royal gardens.  There will be some free time this afternoon for shopping or further explorations and our guide will help us find our way.  This evening we will enjoy a traditional Scottish Dinner including dancing and bagpipes.  Overnight Edinburgh. BD

DAY 8: Friday, June 8, 2018 - We depart for Balmoral Castle where The Queen comes for holidays, a tradition dating back to the days of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  This afternoon we visit Leault Farm in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish HighlandsLeault Farm is a “real” working farm where we will watch the 4 PM demonstration and see up to eight dogs working as a team maneuvering sheep and ducks through various obstacles amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland.  We continue to Inverness for overnight. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - We take a morning walking tour of Inverness, the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.  It is here that the River Ness meets the Moray Firth.  We visit the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the last battle of historic significance to be fought on the fields of Great Britain in 1746.  This battle proved to be a turning point in the history of Scotland.  We continue to the “Whisky Trail” to visit Glenlivet Distillery or Glenfiddich Distillery.  Dinner and overnight Inverness. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Today we travel to Iona via the scenic Great Glen stopping at Loch Ness, the largest lake in Scotland by volume which is surrounded with historic attractions and natural wonders.  We enjoy a boat cruise on Loch Ness where there’s always a chance to catch a glimpse of “Nessie”, the world-famous Loch Ness Monster.  We continue to Oban where we board the ferry (about a 45 minute ride) to the Isle of Mull.  We travel from Craignure across the largest of the Inner Hebridean Islands, Mull, through the moorlands to Fiohnnphort where we board another ferry for a short ride (10 minutes) to Iona, our home for the next two nights.  Time permitting we join the community for worship at the Abbey.  Dinner and overnight Iona. BD

Day 11: Monday, June 11, 2018 - After breakfast, we will begin our 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 will make our way to St. Oran’s Chapel, built in the 11th century where we will have 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.  We will be free to enjoy dinner out on our own this evening.  Overnight Iona. B

Day 12: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - We say “goodbye” to Iona as we board the ferry to Mull where we visit some of the Standing Stones of Mull before continuing by ferry to Oban.  We will continue by coach to Glasgow. This evening we enjoy a “farewell to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Glasgow. BD

Day 13: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - We depart for Glasgow Airport where we board our Delta Airlines flight into New York, JFK.  Here, we clear customs and immigration and connect to our Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta.  At Atlanta, we connect to the final flight on Delta Airlines to Little Rock. BM

Price:  $5,189.00*.  Air from Little Rock, AR Airport.

* Price based on double occupancy (per pilgrim) and a minimum of 17 pilgrims.  Single supplement:  $629.0

* Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges currently at $502.56 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 $1.34 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.

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

A non- refundable deposit of $700.00 per person due with application and copy of passport by February 9, 2018.

Final payment due March 9, 2018

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 28, 2018:  $700.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 1, 2018 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:
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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.