July 15-24, 2019
$3,848.00 from New York
$4,146.00 from Jacksonville, FL
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July is typically the most popular time of the year and has the best weather.
As a result, prices tend to be a little higher in July.
Day 1: Monday, July 15 –
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2: Tuesday, July 16 – Welcome to Scotland
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.
Itinerary Change not on Brochure:
A 90 minute cruise on Loch Lomond has been added
rather than just driving past Loch Lomond
Click Here to Watch a Scottish Melody about Loch Lomond
Day 3: Wednesday, July 17 – Lismore
Take the Ferry today to Lismore. 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: Thursday, July 18 – 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: Friday, July 19 – 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: Saturday, July 20 – 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: Sunday, July 21– 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: Monday, July 22 – 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
Day 9: Tuesday, July 23 – 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
Day 10: Wednesday, July 24 – Farewell
Return home with memories of the people and places of Celtic
Christianity in Scotland.