Catholic Heritage of England & Scotland
London - Kent - Kings Lynn - Durham - Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Oban - Iona
Oct 3, 2022
Oct 14, 2022
20 - 50
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Fr. Ernie Davis
About this trip
Join me in October 2022 for a pilgrimage through England and Scotland. Get acquainted with Celtic missionaries who proclaimed Christ, courageous martyrs of the Reformation who loved the Church, and faithful royalty such as St. Margaret of Scotland. Find Walsingham - the greatest European pilgrimage to Mary before the Reformation. Enjoy the remote islands of Lindisfarne and Iona as well as the great cities of London and Edinburgh. Visit cathedrals and ruined monasteries. Be refreshed and inspired. Get to know your fellow pilgrims over an English beer or a Scotch whiskey if you’d like!
Fr. Ernie Davis
Your trip includes
Airfare round trip on economy JFK or EWR to LON (London).
Place of arrival/departure: London Heathrow Airport / Edinburgh Airport
Accommodation of 10 nights at good 4-star hotels, all rooms with private bath or shower
Food & Beverage - BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL EACH DAY, DAYS 2 – 11 INCLUSIVE
PACKED LUNCH ON DAY 10
DINNER AT HOTEL ON DAYS 1 – 6 & 10 (3 COURSES WITH TEA/COFFEE
Modern motor-coach with driver x 11 full days, on days 1-11 (09h00-17h30 daily)
English-speaking guide x 11 full days, on days 1-11 (09h00-17h30 daily)
Visits: - Tyburn Convent - St Paul’s Cathedral
Aylesford Carmelite Priory - Canterbury Cathedral
Rochester Cathedral - Norwich Cathedral
Walsingham RC Shrine - York Minster
Durham Cathedral - Lindisfarne Priory
Edinburgh Castle - Palace of Holyroodhouse
Scotch Whisky Experience - Dunfermline Abbey
St Andrews Cathedral - Stirling Castle
Iona Abbey & Nunnery
Experiences: - Donations for x 8 masses
Return ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull and Iona on day 10
Services charges and taxes at existing rates
Porterage of one piece of luggage in and out of hotels
Credit Card fees.
Your trip exclude
Drinks - Extra drinks at meals
Insurance - Insurance (May purchase through our office in USA)
Your trip Itinerary
CATHOLIC HERITAGE OF ENGLAND & SCOTLAND
DAY 1: Sunday 3 Oct - USA-LONDON
Depart on an overnight flight to London, England.
DAY 2: Monday 4 Oct - LONDON
Arrive London airport where your tour escort will greet you. Take a panoramic tour and see the major sights such as Tower Bridge and London Bridge, Big Ben, Piccadilly Square, West End theater section and Trafalgar Square. Celebrate Mass at the Westminster Catholic Cathedral (?). Overnight London. Welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
DAY 3: Tuesday 5 Oct - HIGHLIGHTS of LONDON
Visit the Shrine of the Martyrs at Tyburnhonoring more than 350 Catholic Martyrs (of whom there are 105 known Tyburn Martyrs) who witnessed to their faith by dying for it during the Reformation. Mass at the altar of the Martyrs. We explore London and visit the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London with its amazing crown jewels exhibit. Also tour St. Paul’s Cathedral. Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 4: Wednesday 6 Oct - ROCHESTER - CANTERBURY- AYLESFORD
Drive through the English countryside to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Here in 1251 Our Lady appeared to Simon Stock, the prior of Carmelite Order at Aylesford. In the apparition the Blessed Mother gave Simon the brown woolen scapular as a sign that we are all children under her protection. Here we celebrate Mass and meet the Carmelite friars. Drive through Kent, the Garden of England, with its lush fields and pretty villages to medieval Canterbury. Its splendid Norman cathedral was the scene of the murder of St. Thomas Becket in 1170 when he was the Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury became a great pilgrim destination until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in the reformation. We visit the Cathedral. On the way back to London we visit Rochester, see its castle and visit the Cathedral where St. John Fisher was bishop. Because he would not consent to Henry’s divorce from Catherine or his claim to be head of the church in England, he was beheaded. Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 5: Thursday 7 Oct - NORWICH - OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM-
Today we drive north to Norwich, the most complete medieval city in the United Kingdom and
home of medieval English mystic Julian, whose visions are collected in Revelations of Divine Love. “He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but he said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome.” Visit Norwich Cathedral one of the finest complete Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, with the second tallest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England. Then we travel to the Marian shrine, Our Lady of Walsingham, England’s Nazareth. Celebrate Mass here. Before the Reformation this was considered one of the four major Christian Shrines along with Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela. Today it is the National Shrine of Our Lady and a center for Marian devotion for both Catholics and Anglicans. Overnight. (?) (B.D.)
DAY 6: Friday 8 Oct - YORK – FOUNTAINS ABBEY – DURHAM
After breakfast we head north to Yorkshire and stop in York, one of the most beautifully preserved cities in England. A walking tour includes the medieval cobbled streets known as ‘shambles’ to York Minister – the Cathedral of St. Peter, which contains incredibly beautiful stained-glass windows. We celebrate Mass at St. Margaret Clitheroe church. St. Margaret Clitheroe was a convert to Catholicism who was martyred by pressing for refusing to renounce her faith. We visit the ruins of the Fountain Abbey – the largest monastic ruins in the country. The Cistercian abbey was founded in 1142 and destroyed in the Reformation. Arrive in Durham for an overnight. (B.D.)
DAY 7: Saturday 9 Oct - DURHAM - LINDISFARNE (HOLY ISLAND)
After breakfast we visit the great Cathedral in Durham, dedicated to Christ, Our Lady and St. Cuthbert. It houses the relics of St. Cuthbert from Lindisfarne, the Venerable Bede who wrote the Ecclesiastical History of England, and St. Oswald whom Bede considered a saintly king. In the afternoon we see Lindisfarne (Holy Island) where St. Aidan, England’s St. Francis, established a monastery in AD 635. Celebrate Mass at St. Aidan’s Catholic Church on the Holy Island. (Following Mass we travel through the breathtakingly beautiful scenery to Edinburgh, Scotland?) Overnight: Lindisfarne or Edinburgh?. (B.D.)
DAY 8: Sunday 10 Oct - EDINBURGH
After breakfast join a full day tour of the Edinburgh area visiting Dunfermline Abbey, burial place of St. Margaret of Scotland and her husband King Malcolm Canmore. We will visit Edinburgh Castle, the Great Hall, David's Tower, the Scottish National War Museum, the Queen Anne Building, and the oldest standing building in Edinburgh, St. Margaret's Chapel, which withstood numerous destruction attempts. This structure dates back to the 12th century during the reign of King David I, who dedicated this Chapel to his mother, Saint Margaret of Scotland. The tour will continue to the Palace of Holyrood House at the end of the Royal Mile. We visit the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center for a tour and a tasting and stop for shopping in woolen and crystal shops. Overnight in Edinburgh. (B.)
DAY 9: Monday 11 Oct - ST. ANDREWS
Following breakfast, we will continue to explore the countryside on the way to the town of St. Andrews in Fife, named after the apostle Andrew - patron Saint of Scotland. St. Andrew’s Cross in an ‘X’ shape is a symbol present on the Scottish national flag. The Cathedral named for him housed a relic of the Apostle Andrew and became a major pilgrimage destination. Pilgrims were a special concern of St. Margaret’s. The largest cathedral in all of Scotland, it was destroyed during the Reformation and the ruins were quarried for building materials. St Andrews is also known worldwide as the “home of golf.” Golf enthusiasts may want to take a quick look at the British Golf Museum (optional entrance fee not included). We will celebrate Mass at the church of St. James, a small Roman Catholic parish situated on a clifftop which overlooks the North Sea. Return to Edinburgh for overnight.
Day 10: Tuesday 12 Oct - STIRLING – OBAN.
We head east to visit the famous castle of the Stuart kings, Stirling. After lunch we'll drive along Loch Lomond to the scenic coastal town of Oban, the "Gateway to the Isles." Mass at St. Columba’s Cathedral. After an orientation, the evening is yours to hike, wander, or simply relax over a pint and some fresh-caught seafood. Overnight in Oban.
Day11: Wednesday 13 Oct - IONA – OBAN
We'll ride a ferry and board a local bus across the island of Mull to the windswept Isle of Iona. The monastery was founded in 563 by the monk Columba and twelve companions. The monastery brought Celtic Christianity to Scotland and founded another center of evangelization in England which we visited earlier- Lindisfarne. Mass at Iona Catholic House of Prayer. Take some free time to pray, mediate, give thanks, and consider what you want to always remember. We'll return to Oban in time for dinner.
DAY 12: Thursday 14 Oct - EDINBURGH - USA
After breakfast transfer to Edinburgh airport for our flight home.
(Bus drive is 2 hours 30 minutes.) (B.)
The transfer time by coach is 3 hours and 15 minutes.
*Alternatively, the transfer time by coach to Glasgow Airport is 2 hours and 45 minutes.