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    June 25 - July 6, 2018

    Pilgrimage to

    Ireland and Scotland

    Holy Trinity Church

    Cheyenne, Wyoming

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  • Holy Trinity Pilgrimage to Ireland & Scotland

    12 days / 10 nights

    Day 1: Monday, June 25 __________________________________________________

    Our pilgrimage begins with an overnight flight from Denver to Ireland

    Day 2: Tuesday, June 26: Welcome to Ireland ________________________________

    We begin with a panoramic tour of Dublin, discovering the north side of the Liffey River.

    This area offers great striking monuments, such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the

    city main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, the Custom House along the quays and the

    Phoenix Park (the largest public park in Europe). The south side appears more

    sophisticated, with its vast Georgian squares (such as Merrion Square, where Oscar

    Wilde’s House can still be found). After we enjoy Wilde’s house, with its colorful doors,

    we will walk along Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not so far from St. Stephen’s

    Green, you will see the house of Bram Stoker (the author of Dracula). This part of the city

    is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous book of Kells is

    permanently exhibited in its library. The university is facing the medieval district, where

    Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found. We pay a visit to Trinity

    College, with the Book of Kells. Thomas Burgh built the Old Library in the 18th century.

    Today, it houses one of Ireland’s most illustrious books: the 9th century “Book of Kells.”

    Before viewing the famous book, visitors pass through an excellent exhibition based on

    the book of Kells and other important books written in monasteries around Ireland from

    the 9th century. After viewing the Book of Kells, visitors are invited to visit the long

    room, built in 1745. Once the principal library of the University, it now contains over

    200,000 books and manuscripts of the Trinity’s oldest volumes. There are also several

    artifacts on display: Brian Boru’s harp, said to be the “oldest harp in Ireland,” and a copy

    of the 1916 proclamation. Lastly, we celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in

    Dublin. Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

    Day 3: Wednesday, June 27: Wicklow & Glendalough _________________________

    This morning, we depart Wicklow, also known as the Garden of Ireland. It is home to

    Powerscourt, Mount Usher and Russborough – a few of its many houses and gardens. This

    region features all the various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful. The

    coastline is bordered by charming sea resorts, such as Bray or Greystones. In the heart of

    its gentle and rounded hills are nestled Enniskerry and Avoca, both very picturesque

    villages. We will discover its romantic and quiet beauty, the deserted mounts where

    nothing but heather grows, the small forests and the lush prairies illuminated by yellow

    gorse in spring. Next we visit Glendalough. The English name Glendalough originated

    from the Irish phrase, “Gleann Dá Locha,” which translates as “The valley of the two

    lakes.” It was here that St. Kevin – son of the king of Leinster – founded a monastery in

    the 6th century. From a simple beginning, the site grew to become famous as a centre of

    learning throughout Europe. Standing for 600 years it was destroyed in 1398. Much of

    what is to be seen today dates from the 10th to 12th centuries. One of the most attractive

    features is the fine 34m high round tower. A cathedral, stone churches and decorated

    crosses also survived, albeit as ruins. Glendalough has an excellent visitor's centre and

    display area, which is located at the entrance to the Valley. It houses a very comprehensive

    exhibition on Glendalough, detailing the history, archaeology and wildlife of this area of

    Wicklow. Lastly, we celebrate a possible Mass at St. Kevin’s Church in Glendalough.

    Return to Dublin for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 4: Thursday, June 28: Dublin to Galway _________________________________

    This morning we leave Dublin for Galway. En route we visit Bru Na Boinne Visitor

    Centre and Newgrange. Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre is designed to present the

    archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the fascinating megalithic

    passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Also visit the Hill of Slane, in County

    Meath. There is an artificial mound on the western end of the hilltop. The hill may have

    been chosen as the site of Christian abbey due to the presence of an existing pagan shrine,

    the remains of which may be two standing stones in the burial yard. It is claimed that St.

    Patrick lit a Paschal fire on this hill top in A.D. 433 in defiance of the High King Laoire.

    Celebrate Mass in Delvin before continuing to Galway for dinner and overnight.

    Day 5: Friday, June 29: Galway, Slieve League Cliffs & Donegal ________________

    Today we will take leave of Galway and travel to Northern Ireland, visiting Knock Shrine

    en route to Derry. The story of Knock shrine began on Thursday evening of the 21st

    August, 1879, when the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at

    the south gable of the church at Knock in County Mayo. Two commissions of enquiry, in

    1879 and 1936, accepted the testimony of this apparition as trustworthy and satisfactory.

    Today, Knock ranks among the world’s major Marian shrines. We will visit the Slieve

    League Cliffs (Europe’s highest sea cliffs) before continuing to Derry for dinner and


    Day 6: Saturday, June 30: Derry to Belfast ___________________________________

    This morning we enjoy a city tour of the walls of Derry. Founded in the 6 th century by St.

    Columba, Derry is the second largest city and port of Northern Ireland. Walk along the

    walls of Derry as they are among the best-preserved fortifications in Europe. Today, these

    walls separate two communities, the Bogside (a Catholic ghetto with its famous murals)

    and the Waterside (a Protestant enclave). We continue along the coast to visit Giants

    Causeway. The new Visitor centre explores the major themes of mythology, geology,

    landscape, ecology, culture and social history based on the UNESCO World Heritage site

    that consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago after a

    volcanic eruption. We continue to Belfast for dinner and overnight.

    Day 7: Sunday, July 1: Belfast to Glasgow ___________________________________

    This morning we enjoy a city tour of Belfast and take in the leaning Albert Memorial

    Clock tower, the Opera House, City Hall, The Crown Bary, Queens University, Botanic

    Gardens, Harland and Wolfe Shipyard (where the Titanic was built), and Shankill and

    Falls road. We board the ferry from Belfast to Scotland and continue towards Glasgow for

    dinner and overnight.

    Day 8: Monday, July 2: Glasgow to Oban ____________________________________

    This morning we enjoy a city tour of Glasgow that includes, the Merchant City, the

    Waterfront, the West End, and Dumbarton Castle. In the afternoon we will continue to

    Oban for dinner and overnight.

    Day 9: Tuesday, July 3: Isle of Mull & Iona __________________________________

    Today we take the ferry from Oban to Craignure and continue to the Isle of Iona. We

    follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who have been coming to Iona since not long after St

    Columba’s arrival AD 563. We will walk past the old nunnery and the historic graveyard

    that contains the remains of a score of Scottish and even some Norse Kings, on the

    restored Abbey Church. This evening we return to Oban for dinner and overnight.

    Day 10: Wednesday, July 4: Oban to Edinburgh ______________________________

  • We take leave of Oban for Edinburgh. En route we visit Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s

    grandest castles before continuing to Edinburgh for dinner and overnight.

    Day 11: Thursday, July 5: Edinburgh _______________________________________

    Today we take a city tour of Edinburgh, beginning with what may be the most

    recognizable symbol of Scotland: Edinburgh Castle. The castle, dating back as far as the

    9th century B.C. (although the nature of early settlement is unclear), was a royal residence

    from the 12th century until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the later 17th century,

    the castle became a military base with a large garrison; many of the buildings we’ll

    explore today are from its use as a military garrison. We’ll also see the Honours of

    Scotland, known as the Scottish regalia and the Scottish Crown Jewels which date from

    the 15th and 16th centuries