Religious Travel to Ireland & Scotland
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Day 1: Flight to Dublin
Depart today towards Dublin, Ireland.
Day 2: Dublin
Upon arrival, your tour escort will meet you at the gate and take you to your motor coach to embark on a sightseeing drive of Dublin. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church founded beside the sacred well where St. Patrick used to baptize converts around 450 AD. Nearby, visit Christ Church Cathedral commissioned by St. Lawrence O’Toole, whose heart is in a casket in the chapel of St. Laud. Next to the cathedral is Dublinia, an exhibition covering Dublin’s history from the arrival from the Anglo-Normans in 1170 to the closing of the monasteries in the 1540’s. Finally, visit Trinity College to view Ireland’s most richly decorated medieval manuscripts, the Book of Kells, a work of monks from Iona, who fled to Kells in 806 AD, after a Viking raid. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow pilgrims. (WD)
Day 3: Dublin- Excursion to Kildare and Glendalough
Drive out of Dublin today for an excursion to Kildare and Glendalough. In Kildare visit St Brigid’s Cathedral, with its sober stone interior. Opposite the Cathedral, a small road leads to St. Brigid’s tomb and well. Then, a beautiful drive will take you to Glendalough, where you will admire the 6th century monastic settlement with the ruins of seven churches and a round tower in a lakeside setting. This pilgrimage center is one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites. Return to Dublin via Dun Laoghaire. (BB, D)
Day 4: Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Croagh Patrick – Westport
Depart in the morning toward Westport, with two stops along the way: Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in the 6th C. by St. Ciaran, then Croagh Patrick,Ireland’s holy mountain, where Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days. Arrive in Westport for dinner. (BB, D)
Day 5: Westport – Knock – Tobernalt – Lough Derg – Donegal
Morning departure to Knock, site where Our Lady appeared to fifteen villagers in 1879. Enjoy some time for prayer and meditation, then some leisure time. Afterwards, continue to Tobernault, to pray by the spring which provided baptismal water to Saint Patrick and where, when Catholics were persecuted, the Mass continued to be said. Then to Lough Derg, where Saint Patrick had a vision of Hell, for a visit to the island. Dinner and overnight in Donegal or nearby. (BB, D)
Day 6: Donegal – Ulster-American Folk Park – Armagh – Belfast
Depart this morning to Omagh to visit the Ulster-American Folk Park, which explores the historical link between Ulster and America, focusing particularly on the lifestlyle and experiences of those immigrants who sailed from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th C. In the afternoon travel to Armagh, which is the site of two Cathedrals dedicated to Saint Patrick, one dating back to around 445, the other to the latter half of the 1800s. Also in Armagh, visit St. Patrick’s Trian, an exciting and informative stop, which features three exhibitions, the story of Saint Patrick, the history of Armagh itself, and Gulliver’s travels, as well as a small section re-creating a medieval scriptorium. Dinner and overnight in Belfast or nearby. (BB D)
Day 7: Belfast – Ferry to Scotland – The Trossachs – Oban
This morning take the ferry to travel to Scotland. Then enjoy a sightseeing trip along the beautiful lakes of The Trossachs, setting of Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake, a romantic and charming drive. Arrive to Oban for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8: Oban: Excursion to Iona
Today a ferry will take you on excursion to the Isle of Iona, a center of Irish monasticism for four centuries, and today renowned for its tranquility and natural beauty, and a destination for retreats. Enjoy some quiet time for prayer and meditation, then return to Oban for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 9: Oban – Stirling – Dunfermline – Edinburgh
Depart to Stirling. Visit its castle, one of Scotland’s greatest, which offers impessive architecture and stunning views of the countryside, including some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past. Stop at the Church of the Holy Rude, also one of the oldest buildings in Stirling, and the only surviving church in the UK, apart from Westminster Abbey, to have held a coronation, and the Wallace Monument, built to honor one of the main leaders of the wars of Scottish Independence. Continue to Dunfermline and visit its Abbey Church, one of the best examples of Scoto-Norman monastic architecture, and the palace, residence of royalty from the 11th C. Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh or nearby. (BB, D)
Day 11: Edinburgh – Border Abbeys – Glasgow
Today enjoy a tour of the Border Abbeys: Jedburgh, founded in 1147, a worthwhile visit, Dryburgh, founded during the 12th C., now in ruins but still a beautiful site, and finally Melrose Abbey, originally founded by John Edgar, and re-founded for the Cistercan order by David I, and one of the most beautiful monastic ruins in Great Britain,. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner, where you can toast a successful pilgrimage with your fellow travel companions. (BB, FD)
Day 12: Transatlantic flight back to the US
Transfer to Glasgow airport for your flight back to the US.
* (BB) Buffet Breakfast * ( D) Dinner * (WD) Welcome Dinner * (FD) Farewell Dinner
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