John Knox & the Reformation
October 6-14, 2020
$3,898.00 from New York
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October 6 – Depart USA
Your journey begins when you depart the USA on your overnight flight to Scotland.
October 7 – Arrive in Glasgow or Edinburgh, Britannia
Welcome to Scotland! Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to Edinburgh. See the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia, now decommissioned and permanently berthed at the port in Edinburgh. Dinner and overnight in the Edinburgh area.
October 8 – Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles, Princes Street
This morning you will begin to explore the city that has played an important part in our Christian heritage. Tour Edinburgh Castle, where James VI, who authorized the King James Bible, was born. Visit St. Giles Cathedral, the High Kirk (church) of Edinburgh, where John Knox was minister following the Scottish Reformation. Continue down Princes Street to the Sir Walter Scott Monument. Dinner and overnight in the Edinburgh area.
October 9 – John Knox House, Holyrood Palace
Visit the historic John Knox House, where the Reformer resided while in Scotland. Descend the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyrood, where John Knox confronted Mary, Queen of the Scots. Dinner and overnight in the Edinburgh area.
October 10 – Dunfermline Abbey, St. Andrews Church & Castle
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”. Here John Knox and other reformers were held prisoner. Take a look at the “Old Course” at St. Andrew’s, renowned as the home of golf! Continue to Perth for dinner and overnight.
October 11 – Church at Perth, Cruise on Loch Lomond
This morning you will visit St. John’s Church in Perth, where John Knox preached in May of 1559 and fanned the flames of the Reformation. Travel the high road to Loch Lomond, where you will take a boat cruise on the waters made famous by the song, “The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond”. Continue to Oban for dinner and overnight.
October 12 – Isle of Iona
Two ferry rides and a drive across the Isle of Mull will bring you to the quiet and peaceful Isle of Iona, the resting place of Scottish kings. The day is yours to explore the rich spiritual heritage of Iona. Visit the Abbey and Shrine, thought to be places of spiritual power. Pilgrims continue to Iona, Scotland’s first monastic community, for rest and reflection. Return to Oban for dinner and overnight.
October 13 – Inveraray Castle, Glasgow Cathedral
Take a delightful ride to Inveraray Castle, home of the 12th Duke of Argyll and seat of the Clan Campbell. Continue on to Glasgow, the commercial capital of Scotland which is filled with Victorian architecture. You’ll visit Glasgow Cathedral, dedicated to St. Mungo. This cathedral is the only one to have escaped the violence of the Reformation era, and contains a memorial to later martyrs of the Reformation. Continue to your Glasgow hotel for dinner and overnight.
October 14 – Return to USA
Say farewell to this rich land of kilts & castles, religion and reformation.
Return to the US with an enriched faith and memories to last a lifetime!