I am happy to announce the Four weeks of Pilgrimage to the Isles of Scotland for the summer of 2020:
May 30 – June 6
June 27 – July 4
July 11 – 18
August 1 – 8
As in previous years, we shall limit each group to only ten people per pilgrimage – this is due to the size of the boats we use, as well as that of the Monastery Pilgrimage House. I also find that a larger number of pilgrims takes away the opportunity to spend personal time together and to properly meet each other.
We visit some of the most remote and authentic holy sites connected with early Celtic Christianity. Some of these places have been uninhabited for centuries, with no touristic or religious routes linking them to other destinations. The pilgrimages organised by the Monastery are the only way one can visit some of these isles.
Among many other places, we shall get to the Isle of Iona (Iona Abbey, Martyrs’ Bay, the Nunnery, St Oran’s Chapel, the famous Celtic High Crosses, St Columba’s Bay, the Hill of the Turning Back to Ireland and the Machair); the ruins of St Kenneth’s monastery and the ancient hermit cave; St Brendan’s monastery and bee-hive cell on his uninhabited Isle; and some of the great Christian places on the Isle of Mull (such as The Nuns’ Cave and Kilninian).
In our sixth year of running these pilgrimages, I feel the need to allow myself more time to personally explore the Outer Isles (while I still have the physical strength). The more I found out myself, the more I shall have to share with everyone. Because of this need (and since all such travels have to take place in the summer), I shall lead only four weeks of pilgrimage the whole year (unlike eight this summer).
The price for a week-long pilgrimage is 1900 US dollars. This is split between a non-refundable deposit of 600 US dollars (payable at booking) and a balance of 1300 US dollars (due by December 1st, 2019).
We offer a reduced number of three places per pilgrimage at a discounted price of 1600 US dollars for: the second person in a married couple who come together; teachers; full-time artists; full-time students; widows and widowers; retired clergy and their wives; parents of over five children.
The price includes everything for the week you are in the Isles – accommodation for seven nights, all meals, cars available for transport, a sailing boat and a motor boat to get us to the isles we shall visit, ferry tickets, entry tickets to museums and historical sites, fees and a personal guide (me).
To book a place, you must purchase a non-refundable Deposit (600 USD) either through the monastery website or by cheque. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before paying for your deposit, to avoid double-booking.
Cheques should be written to our US organisation – American friends of the Celtic Saints – and sent to 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513
May God bless us all and may St Brendan lead our way to Christ. Please keep me in yours prayers.