- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- Deluxe Hotels
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Welcome to Scotland
Our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your bus. Pass the “bonny, bonny banks” of Loch Lomond as we make our way north to Celtic Scotland. From here we will follow the coast to Oban, where we will check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Lismore
Take the Ferry today to Lismore. Saint Moluag founded a monastery on Lismore in the 6th Century AD. The island was a center of Celtic Christianity and later the seat of the medieval bishopric of Argyll. There are also two ruins of 13th Century castles on the island – Coeffin and Achanduin. Return to Oban for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Mull & Iona
Iona is the internationally renowned place of Celtic Christianity. In 563, Columba was exiled from Ireland and founded the monastery here in 564 AD. From one of the best‐preserved abbeys to St. Martin’s Cross, the island is a place of pilgrimage and reflection for Christians from around the world. The ancient burial ground contains the graves of many of the early Scottish Kings. You will take the ferry back, returning to Oban for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Oban to Glasgow
Depart Oban and head south for your city tour of Glasgow. Drive to the George Square at the heart of the city. See the Clyde Arc or “Squinty Bridge” as locals refer to it. On the south side is the pacific Quay and several parks to enjoy. Visit Glasgow Cathedral, also known as the Church of St. Mungo. Raised by St. Serf while ministering to the Picts (local Scots), he became a missionary to the people along the Clyde River, now Glasgow. His tomb is in the lower crypt. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Whithorn
Journey south to the coastal town of Whithorn. Here Candida Casa – “White House” was built by St. Ninian around 397 AD. A monastery was founded around the site, and became a place of pilgrimage for centuries. The late medieval priory is ruinous, with only a portion of the nave still visible. The museum in town contains the Latinus Stone, a 5th Century Christian memorial, as well as other finds from the site. See St. Ninian’s Cave along the shore. See the Torhouse Stone Circle, considered a Druid site, and be reminded of the local traditions that Celtic Christians faced in Scotland. Return to Glasgow for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Glasgow to Edinburgh
Today you’ll cross Scotland and stop in Stirling. Visit the Church of the Holy Rood, built over the original structure in the 1400’s. See the Battlefield at Stirling Bridge and continue to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Edinburgh
Edinburgh replaced Scone as the capital of Scotland in 1437. The site of Edinburgh Castle has held a fort since Celtic times. St. Margaret’s Chapel dates to the 12th Century. The present day fortress continues to serve as a military post as well as museum. Tour St. Giles Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of Edinburgh, whose oldest portions date to 1124. See also Holyrood Castle, an official residence of the British Crown whose grounds date back to an Augustinian Monastery. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Dunfermline & St. Andrew’s
Cross the Firth of Forth to Fife. Stop at Dunfermline Abbey, where St. Margaret and Robert the Bruce are buried. Continue past picturesque fishing villages to St. Andrew’s, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. Visit the ruins of St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the nearby castle with its notorious “Bottle Dungeon”. Take a look at the “Old Course” at St. Andrew’s, renowned as the home of golf! Return to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Farewell
Return home with memories of the people and places of Celtic Christianity in Scotland.
September 30, 2019From $4298*