14 Days Pilgrimage to Scotland from Denver, CO (DEN) - May 13 - 27, 2023 - Rev. Michelle Danson & Missioner Tracy Methe

14 Days Pilgrimage to Scotland from Denver, CO (DEN) - May 13 - 27, 2023 - Rev. Michelle Danson & Missioner Tracy Methe

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Join the Rev. Michelle Danson & Missioner Tracy Methe for an Iona pilgrimage through Scotland.  This pilgrimage will be both an inward solitary journey and one taken in community with others. It is a pilgrimage of approach, a five-day journey of prayer and intention from Dalmally, Scotland, to the sacred Isle of Iona. There, pilgrims will experience another five days living in the community at Iona Abbey and exploring the many thin places across this small island, both individually and as a group. Pilgrims will have ample time for group prayer as well as personal reflection and contemplation.
On our journey, we will follow the ways of St. Columba, the founder of Christianity in Scotland, and the lesser-known St. Conan, as we walk from the Scottish highlands to the port of Oban, then across the Isle of Mull to Iona.

Day 1: Saturday, May 13, 2023

Depart for your overnight flight to Glasgow Scotland.  Meals will be served on board.

Day 2: Sunday, May 14, 2023

Arrival at Glasgow International Airport, Scotland. We will make our way to our hotel in the architecturally rich city of Glasgow.

Day 3: Monday, May 15, 2023

We will explore and have lunch at the historical Mackintosh Tea Rooms before journeying by coach to the Highlands village of Loch Awe. Overnight and dinner.

Day 4: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Following a sending service hosted by the Craig Lodge Mission House of Prayer in Dalmally, we begin walking along St. Conan’s Way. This first day includes a strenuous climb and long descent through an inspiring and remote Highlands landscape. Local guides will show the way. We will have the opportunity to see a clan gathering stone. Packed lunches. Distance: 22 km. Return to Loch Awe for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Our second day of walking is much easier. We will begin the day with a prayer service at St. Conan’s Kirk in Loch Awe before journeying by bus to Taynuilt to continue walking. We will enjoy the relatively flat countryside and lochs of the Scottish Lowlands on the way to the colorful coastal town of Oban. Packed lunches. Distance: 20 km. Overnight and dinner in Oban.

Day 6: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Following an early morning ferry crossing to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, we will meet our island walking guides, who will show us the way along the rugged southern coast of Mull. Our third day of walking includes stretches along remote beaches and the opportunity to visit a Scottish clearance village. Distance: 30 km. Overnight and dinner in Craignure.

Day 7: Friday, May 19, 2023

We will continue our journey across Mull, passing by beautiful raised beaches and sea caves along an increasingly wild coastline with expansive sea views. Distance: 20 km. Return to Craignure for overnight and dinner.

Days 8-13: Saturday, May 20, through Friday, May 26, 2023

This final day of walking brings us to Fionnphort and the ferry crossing to the Isle of Iona, where St. Colomba landed in 563 AD and began the spread of Christianity throughout Scotland. Distance: 19.5 km. We have arrived at our destination, and we begin to make the transition to a time of living in community with one another and the other residents of Iona Abbey. Our days will follow a rhythm of shared meals, worship, study, and light chores. Daily outings will provide times of individual and group exploration and reflection. Overnight and meals at Iona Abbey.

  • Group Outings (exact days to be determined)
  • Exploring the Outer Reaches: Ferry to Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave
  • Graveyard Reflection at St. Oran’s Chapel
  • Saints and Stones: St. Colomba’s Bay
  • Dun I: A Vision of Peace

Day 14:  Friday, May 26, 2023

Following breakfast on, May 26, we will journey by ferry and bus to the mainland and then on to Glasgow via coach.

Day 15: Saturday, May 27, 2023

Departure from Glasgow International Airport to return home on the same day.

Trip Date: May 13 - 27, 2023

Departure City: Denver, CO (DEN) (other cities available)

The package price includes the following:

  • Flight tickets.
  • Meet & Assist at  Airport upon arrival and departure.
  • Fourteen nights accommodation in double occupancy with breakfast.
  • Most dinners
  • Fourteen days walking pilgrimage.
  • Escort guide services for the entire duration of the Pilgrimage
  • Entrance fees to places of interest
  • Transfer per itenarary 
  • Luggage transportation
  • Lunches

The package price does not include the following:

  • Some meals
  • Drinks.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver, and hotels.
  • All Personal Expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (not included but required for travel)
  • Personal Health and Safety Supplies required at the time of travel