Ireland Pilgrimage with 4-Day Extension to Scotland
Moderate – High
This all-inclusive pilgrimage will explore Dublin proper, the vibrant capital of Ireland, with a romantic aura of
Old-World Europe, for a city tour. We take you on a drive north to see the Celtic crosses in the historic
ruins of Monasterboice, the remains of an early Christian monastic settlement. Thats only the beginning, check out the itinerary to see other destinations on this pilgrimage.
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Upon arrival in Dublin, we will be met by our local Irish tour manager, who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Depending upon our flight arrival time, we proceed into Dublin proper, the vibrant capital of Ireland, with a romantic aura of Old-World Europe, for a city tour. Beginning at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, we venerate the tomb of Venerable Matt Talbot, 20th century commoner known for overcoming his alcoholism through the power of faith. We continue to St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral – the Catholic Cathedral of Dublin, and the General Post Office, a striking example of Georgian architecture and site of the Easter Rising of 1916. Visit Trinity College to see the famous Book of Kells, the 9th century illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels. We’ll end our guided visit today in the Old Town at Dublin Castle, the historic heart of Dublin, before checking in at our hotel. This evening, you may want to explore other parts of Dublin on your own, such as the Guinness Storehouse Brewery Tour.
Overnight: Dublin: (D)
Following breakfast, depart for Silverstream Priory for Mass and a visit with the Benedictine Monks. Drive north to see the Celtic crosses in the historic ruins of Monasterboice, the remains of an early Christian monastic settlement. The three high crosses were constructed as early as the 10th century and other remaining ruins are from the 13th and 14th centuries. Continue north to Saint Brigid’s Shrine and Well at the Hill of Faughart where this patron saint of Ireland was born and raised, includes ancient high cross and monastic settlement and St. Brigid’s Stone, a penitential station, beside a holy well. In the afternoon visit St Peter’s Church in Drogheda, famous for its tall west gable, rose window, and for containing the national shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett, the last Roman Catholic to be martyred in England. Return to Dublin.
Overnight: Dublin (B, D)
This morning, we begin by visiting the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church where we will venerate the relics of St. Valentine the Martyr at his shrine contained within the church, as well as the statue known as Our Lady of Dublin, the best loved statue in the city. Afterwards, depart for Glendalough, tucked away in the Wicklow Mountains, and established by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Seeking a place where he could commune with God without the distractions of worldly life, the young Kevin lived first in a tree, then in a cave, eventually attracting a following of those who wanted to pursue a similar monastic vocation. Explore the ruins of this ancient monastery and marvel at the faithful asceticism of the medieval monks. Continue our drive south to the coast to visit Our Lady’s Island, a tiny island at the juncture of the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea, surrounded by a Salt Lake and cut off from the sea by a sand bar. It has been a place of pilgrimage since pre-Christian times, and St. Abban founded the original Christian settlement here, evangelizing the area and dedicating the island to the Virgin Mary, thus establishing the first Marian shine in Ireland.
Overnight: Wexford (B, D)
We begin our day with a visit to the Irish National Heritage Park, an open-air museum that brings to life over 9000 years of Irish history. Continue to the Rock of Cashel, a monumental 12th century complex dominating the surrounding landscape. Tradition holds that it was here where Patrick first used the shamrock as an image of the Trinity and converted the pagan King of Munster. It hosts one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in the region. After exploring this unique an historic location.
Overnight: Cork (B, D)
This morning we begin at the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne in Cork. Then depart for Killarney, situated in a spectacular location amidst mountains, glens and lakes. Sometimes known as the “Best Kept Town” in all of Ireland, Killarney is teeming with history, Irish heritage, and hospitality. Visit Muckross House and Abbey on the way, with a stop at the ruins of Aghadoe Church and Round Tower before spending the day in Killarney. The remainder of this afternoon is free to enable us to explore the interesting craft shops, quaint historic buildings and churches, or perhaps sample the traditional form of local transport, the jaunting car (a horse drawn wagon).
Overnight: Killarney (B, D)
Today we travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as “The Ring of Kerry.” It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here bogs, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Even the names of the towns seem to whisper their beauty: Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem. Overnight: Killarney (B, D)
Depart Killarney for Galway. We then travel via
the lunar landscape of the Burren National Park to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic great sheer rock face rising 700 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Galway, “the City of the Tribes,” and visit the Galway Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady and St. Nicholas and the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas with its famous Spanish Arch from where Columbus prayed before sailing for America. Afterwards, check into our hotel with the remainder of the day free to explore this charming city.
Overnight: Galway (B, D)
We depart Galway this morning and travel through Connemara, an area of outstanding scenic grandeur. There is a brooding sense of Ireland’s ancient culture and traditions in this haunted and mystical area where Gaelic is still the everyday language. Visit Kylemore Abbey, the only remaining home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. Continue as pilgrims to Mount Croagh Patrick, an ancient and popular pilgrimage site considered to be the holiest mountain in Ireland. It was on the summit where St. Patrick prayed and fasted for 40 days. Proceed to Ballintubber Abbey which dates from the 13th Century. Mass has been celebrated here continuously for over 800 years, even during times of savage persecution.
Overnight: Knock (B, D)
This morning we celebrate Mass in the magnificent Basilica next to the original church where our Blessed Mother appeared in 1879 and where Pope John Paul II announced that the Church would be known as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland. Afterwards, journey to the early Christian monastery of Clonmacnoise, founded by St. Ciaran on the banks of the River Shannon. Here we can explore the ruins, including the cathedral, two round towers, and numerous churches. Continue to Dublin, where the remainder of the day will be free to enjoy this city once more until our farewell dinner at a local pub featuring traditional Irish music. Overnight: Dublin (B, D)
Dublin / USA
Following breakfast at the hotel, 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. We 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 shape in which St. Andrew was crucified, is a symbol present on the Scottish national flag to remind the country of his martyrdom. You will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. James, a small Roman Catholic parish situated on a clifftop which overlooks the North Sea. Proceed to Edinburgh for dinner. Overnight: Edinburgh (B, D)
Depart to USA
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