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Join Brad and Rita on an adventure into
the ancient spirit of Scotland

Islands and Highlands
A Pilgrimage

August 28 - September 7, 2018

Orkney - Highlands - Isle of Skye - Iona - Glencoe

 

August 28, 2018    (Tuesday)
Participants arrive at the Kirkwall Airport, Orkney. Dinner and a welcome reception at a lovely local hotel set in the Orkney countryside.
STAY: Orkney

August 29, 2018
Today we enjoy an island overview as we meet a local Orkney guide and spend the day exploring these beautiful islands, stopping for lunch to enjoy the unique cuisine of Orkney.

STAY: Orkney

August 30,2018

Today we visit the 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the capital city of Orkney. This cathedral provides a compelling window into the Norse Christian influence in this part of Scotland. After lunch, we'll explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Skara Brea, a perfectly preserved 5000 year old village, and reflect on the mysteries of the Ring of Brodgar, one of the largest pre-historic stone circles in the world.
STAY:
Orkney

August 31,2018
This morning we explore Maeshowe, a 5000 year old ritual burial mound aligned to the setting sun of the Winter Solstice. Maeshowe is known as the "Newgrange of Orkney." We'll also visit the Stones of Stennis with its large standing stones and the barnhouse dwellings. After lunch we'll have time to explore the seaside village of Stromness before boarding the ferry which takes us across the North Sea to our hotel in Thurso.
STAY: Thurso

September 1,
2018
Today we enjoy the beauty of the highlands of Northern Scotland as we make our way to the lovely lake-side village of Lochcarran. Following lunch there, we'll drive on to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Eilean Donan sits on the picturesque confluence of three sea lochs. Driving across the Skye bridge, we travel on to the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye for the evening.
STAY: Portree, Isle of Skye

September 2, 2018
The Isle of Skye offers stunning natural beauty. Today we'll explore Skye with its crofting culture and reflect on the prayers of the Carmina Gadelica, a compilation of Hebridean prayers published by Alexander Carmicheal in the 1800's. A free evening will allow time to enjoy Portree.
STAY: Portree, Isle of Skye

September 3, 2018
The western Islands of Scotland, known as the Hebrides, are filled with the wild beauty of heather-covered mountains flowing into the sea. Moving across these islands, we'll ferry our way to Tobermory on the Island of Mull in time to enjoy a hill-top hotel overlooking the village.
STAY: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

September 4, 2018
A short drive to the pedestrian ferry linking Mull to Iona will allow us to step onto the Holy Island with time to reflect and relax. An evening meditation provides an open window to this extraordinarily thin place.
STAY: Iona

September 5, 2018
The island of Iona is known as the cradle of Celtic Christianity. Our time on Iona will be spacious and expansive. In addition to your own prayerful exploration on Iona, Brad and Rita will be offering guided experiences around the islands.The Iona community welcomes visitors and pilgrims to morning and evening prayer in the rebuilt 12th century Abbey.
STAY: Iona

September 6, 2018
Our Iona experience continues with personal time and options provided by Rita and Brad. An evening meditation will allow us to reflect, sing and pray in our retreat center.
STAY: Iona

Note: While on Iona, Rita and Brad will organize an optional journey to the Island of Staffa to see Fingal's Cave. You will be able to sign up ahead of time, however the price is not included in the pilgrimage and will cost an extra 30 pounds or so.)

September 7, 2018

Today we absorb the unique beauty of the isle of Mull taking two ferries on our way to the Scottish mainland. Our journey takes us through the majestic beauty of Glencoe National Park where we will stop at the informative visitor's center. A stop at Loch Lomand to enjoy one of the highlands most celebrated lochs will complete our day's journey to the Glasgow airport. Dinner at our airport hotel.
STAY: Glasgow Airport

September 8, 2018   (Saturday)
We say goodbye to the Islands and Highlands, changed forever by new people, culture and spiritual traditions.

Our hotel is within walking distance of the Glasgow airport terminal. You will be on your own to get to the airport and catch your flight.

 

Please take note:

Accessibility: Many of the places we visit and explore reflect the rugged, isolation of early hermits and/or Megalithic sites. In order to reach these sacred prayer cells, passage tombs and monasteries, we will travel part way by foot. This pilgrimage is not recommended for those who have severe health problems or limited mobility.

Group size: Because this pilgrimage is limited to 15  participants, we recommend sending your deposit early to ensure a place.

Cost

 


For More Information Contact Brad Berglund

at

Illuminated Journeys

8273 E. Davies Avenue      Centennial, Colorado 80112

Toll free: 877.489.8500      Phone: 720.489.8073

www.illuminatedjourneys.com      brad@illuminatedjourneys.com

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