Glasgow · Edinburgh · St. Andrews · Perth · Carfin Motherwell
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Edinburgh Grosvenor, Edinburgh
- ~ 2 nights: Hilton Garden Inn, Glasgow City Center
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest , Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Day 1, Depart for Scotland
Make your way to your local Airport for your overnight flight(s) to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Arrive Edinburgh
Welcome to Scotland! Upon arrival, collect your luggage, pass through customs and meet your guide or driver in the Arrival’s Hall. You will then be escorted to the Hotel where you will check-in to your rooms. It’s possible that you will have to wait until after 2PM to check in. You will have some time to relax, than meet our priest, tour guide and fellow pilgrims, for Mass at local church today.. Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 3, Edinburgh
You will start the day with breakfast. Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Mary's, of the Archdiocese of St. Andrew's and Edinburgh. Our city tour will include the visit to Edinburgh Castle. This castle holds much historical significance as its purpose has transformed from a battle ground, to a home, to an army headquarters, and finally a tourist attraction. See the numerous, fascinating sites of the castle such as, the Great Hall, David's Tower, the Scottish National War Museum, the Queen Anne Building, and many more. You will be able to view 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 also known as, Queen Margaret. The tour will continue to the UNESCO Palace of Holyrood House at the end of the Royal Mile. The Palace of Holyrood House is the Queens official residence in Scotland, as well as many other successive kings and queens of the monarchy of Scotland. Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 4, Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Perth - Glasgow
Following a full breakfast at the hotel, 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. As the remains of St. Andrew were commonly believed to be buried here, the site became a major Shrine for Christians up until the Norman Cathedral. This Cathedral is the largest in all of Scotland, and was cleansed by Calvinist zealots during the Scottish Reformation and the ruins still remain. The shape in which St. Andrew was crucified, is a symbol present on the Scottish national flag to remind the country of his martyrdom. St. Andrews is also known worldwide as the home of golf, as the modern sport is believed to have been invented here in the 15th century. The Old Course, devised in 1754, is still in operation. You will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. James, a small Roman Catholic parish situated on a clifftop which overlooks the North Sea. Next, continue your journey with a visit to the town of Perth, including Scone Palace, one of the finest examples of Georgian Gothic architecture in the UK. Proceed to Glasgow for dinner and an overnight.
Day 5, Glasgow - Carfin Motherwell
This morning after breakfast, depart for a visit to the historic small mining village of Carfin. At Carfin Motherwell, see a site built using the template of the Grotto at Massabielle; Our Lady of Lourdes. This site, built by unemployed miners of the village, has been used as a place of procession and prayer since the early part of the 20th century. Before returning to Glasgow for lunch, enjoy a visit to the community of Carfin; a town of significant importance in the life of Scottish Catholicism. Upon your return to Glasgow, you will have the opportunity to participate in a walking tour of the city before a delicious dinner and your last overnight in Scotland.
Day 6, Glasgow - Airport - USA
Following breakfast, we will board our bus that will bring us to Glasgow Airport for our return flights home. We will bid farewell to our new friends and to a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
About your trip
Begin your Pilgrimage to Scotland in Edinburgh with a visit to Edinburgh Castle and Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary’s, an important site in the Scottish Catholic history, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Journey to the town of St. Andrews, named after the apostle Andre who is the Patron Saint of Scotland. It is believed that his remains are buried here making the site a major Shrine for Christians. Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. James overlooking the North Sea before heading to Perth to see Scone Palace, one of the finest examples of Georgian Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom. Make a stop in the small mining village of Carfin where a prayer site was built emulating the Grotto at Massabielle, that has become very important to Scottish Catholics. End your Pilgrimage with a walking tour of Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow.