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- Guided Tours
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- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 September 11 – Depart the USA
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 September 12 – Welcome to Scotland
Our representatives will meet you at Glasgow 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 September 13 – 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. Note - The Isle of Lismore involves over 7 miles of walking. Those not willing or able to walk the distance are offered the option to stay in Oban for the day and enjoy the various sites, shops and restaurants in the town.
Day 4 September 14 – 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 September 15 – 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. This area is now Glasgow. His tomb is in the lower crypt. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 September 16 – Whithorn
Journey south to the coastal town of Whithorn. Here, Candida Casa, or “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 fifth-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 September 17 – Glasgow to Edinburgh
Today, you’ll cross Scotland and stop in Stirling. Visit the Church of the Holy Rude, 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 September 18 – 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 Palace, 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 September 19 – 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 September 20– Farewell
Return home with memories of the people and places of Celtic Christianity in Scotland or continue on the Celtic Ireland extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Celtic Ireland Extension
September 20 - 23, 2022 | $1,599*
September 20 – Dublin
We will start our day in Dublin with a walking tour of Trinity
College. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, it is the
oldest college in Ireland. We’ll visit the Old Library here
and see the Book of Kells, an ornately illustrated Bible
produced by Celtic Monks around 800 A.D. Continue on
to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The church was transitioned
from a Catholic church to the Church of Ireland over the
centuries. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and
a critic of British rule, was a pastor here. Enjoy a driving
tour of the city before checking in at the hotel for dinner
September 21 – Bru na Boinne, the Hill of Tara & Monasterboice
Head north and discover the rich history of Celtic life at
the Bru na Boinne Prehistoric Monuments. You will see
one of the Passage Tomb sites here, such as Newgrange
and Knowth. They are richly decorated with megalithic art.
From the time of the first Celtic influence until the 1169
invasion, the Hill of Tara was the island’s political and
spiritual capital. It contains several ancient monuments
and according to tradition, was the seat of the High King
of Ireland. Walk the grounds of Monasterboice Monastery,
where some of the finest 9th-century High Crosses can be
seen. Founded in 521 A.D. by St. Buite, the ruins remain a
testament to their Christian heritage. Return to your hotel
for dinner and overnight.
September 22 – Glendalough & Dublin
Then, board the bus for a ride through scenic Wicklow
County to Glendalough, one of the most beautiful spots in
all of Ireland. Here, St. Kevin founded a monastery in 498.
See the Celtic High Crosses and a stone-roofed church.
Explore the wonderful hiking trails around the two lakes.
Finish the day with time on your own this afternoon in
Dublin, before dinner and overnight.
September 23 – Return to the USA
Return home with memories of the people and places of
your Celtic Christian heritage.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
Tips & taxes are charged separately (subject to change).
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