SCOTLAND & NORTHERN ENGLAND

June 3-15, 2023

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Our pilgrimage begins and ends with several days in ancient sites associated with St. Columba and his monastic family: the beautiful Hebridean island of Iona and the tidal island of Lindisfarne off the northeastern English coast.  We will also spend time in Whithorn, Scotland, where many Celtic leaders were trained, and visit Durham and its cathedral, the resting place of St. Cuthbert.  We will learn from and participate in worship with contemporary embodiments of Celtic-inspired Christianity, such as the Iona Community.

Island of Iona (June 3-6)

  • Daily worship with the Iona community

  • Tour of Iona Abbey and grounds

  • Pilgrimage walk to Columba's Bay

Whithorn (June 7-8)

  • View the Latinus Stone, reputedly the oldest Christian artifact in Scotland

  • Pilgrimage walk to St. Ninian's Cave

Durham and vicinity (June 9-10)

  • Explore sites associated with Saints Hilda, Cuthbert and Bede

  • Visit the 7th century Escomb Saxon Church

  • Guided tour and Choral Eucharist at Durham Cathedral

Lindisfarne (Holy Island) (June 11-15)

  • Explore the home of St. Aidan and his mission to the Anglo-Saxons

  • Worship and learn from local Christian communities

  • Visit Inner Farne, site of St. Aidan's hermitage and a bird sanctuary

  • Optional walk following the ancient pilgrim route across the sands to Holy Island