Celtic Christianity

The story of the Celtic Christians lies very close to many movements within the modern church. The dedication and deep spirituality of the early church leaders brought about shift in Christian understanding that is still present today. Sites throughout Ireland, Scotland and Northern England echo their former glory as centers for learning and spirituality. From the Isle of Iona, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), to the Wicklow Mountains, the experience of a “thin place” can still be found.

 

These are holy places of such beauty and peace, it is difficult for the soul to distinguish between heaven and earth!  In fact, there is an ancient Celtic saying that “heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter.”

 

So, come walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest evangelists of the Gospel, outside of biblical times. Come and learn about Saints Patrick, Columba, Kevin, Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Come and experience a Celtic Christianity pilgrimage in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England.

Sample Itineraries
An 11-Day Pilgrimage to Ireland & Scotland
Dublin / Wicklow / Glendalough / Newgrange / Down / Armagh / Belfast / Isles of Mull and Iona / Stirling / Edinburgh / Lindisfarne

 

Day One:

Our journey begins with an overnight flight, with full meal/beverage service and in-flight entertainment, to Dublin, Ireland.

 

Day Two:

Welcome to vibrant, soulful Dublin! Upon arrival in “Dublin’s Fair City,” we meet our Faith Journeys Tour Manager and transfer by motorcoach for a panoramic Dublin City Tour. Our first stop will be Christ Church Cathedral, site of Dublin’s first wooden church, built by King Sitric Silkenbeard (first Christian Viking King of Dublin in 1038). The present cathedral dates from 1172. Next, we visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in 1192 in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. It stands adjacent to the famous well, where tradition has it, St. Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. This grand, Gothic cathedral owes part of its renown for being the burial site of its former Dean, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. Next, we continue on to our hotel and enjoy a group meal before getting some sleep.

 

Day Three

Today’s first stop is the sprawling campus of Trinity College and its famous library. The building is home to the 8th century Book of Kells, a splendidly illuminated version of the Christian Gospels. We also get the chance to visit the Long Room. Once the principal library of the University, it now contains over two hundred thousand books and manuscripts. Next, we board our motorcoach for the short drive into the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, located south of Dublin. Known as “the Garden of Ireland”, it is the site of a 6th-century monastic site founded by St. Kevin. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches, and decorated crosses. The Visitor Center has an interesting exhibition on Glendalough detailing the history, archaeology, and wildlife of this part of Wicklow and includes an audio-visual presentation. Later, we return to Dublin to enjoy the balance of the day at leisure, before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations.

Inspirational Ireland and Scotland
Dublin / Wicklow / Glendalough / Belfast / Isles of Mull & Iona / Edinburgh / Lindisfarne

 

Day One:
  • Depart via scheduled air service. The destination is Dublin, Ireland

 

Day Two:
  • Arrive in Dublin
  • Meet your Faith Journeys Tour Manager who will assist the group to an awaiting chartered motorcoach for a panoramic tour of Dublin. We will see Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and O’Connell Street.
  • Late-afternoon hotel check-in
    Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day Three
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Enjoy a half-day tour of Wicklow and Glendalough, located south of Dublin in County Wicklow. The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough the “valley of the two lakes” harbor one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites — established in the 6th century. Here we see the Round Tower, Cathedral, St. Kevin’s Cross and Kitchen, and Gatehouse
  • Lunch, on own
  • Return to Dublin for time at leisure for additional sightseeing, shopping, or other activities
  • Evening dinner and overnight
Exploring Celtic Christianity and Social Justice in Ireland and Scotland
Dublin / Armagh / Belfast / Glasgow / Stirling / Edinburgh / St. Andrews / Rosslyn / Jedburgh / Lindisfarne

 

Day One:

Our journey begins with an overnight flight, with full meal/beverage service and in-flight entertainment, to Dublin, Ireland.

 

Day Two:

Upon arrival in “Dublin’s Fair City” we meet our Faith Journeys Tour Manager and transfer by motorcoach for a panoramic Dublin City Tour. Our first stop will be Christ Church Cathedral, site of Dublin’s first wooden church, built by King Sitric Silkenbeard (first Christian Viking King of Dublin in 1038). The present Cathedral, dates from 1172. Next, we visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in 1192 in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. It stands adjacent to the famous well, where tradition has it, St. Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. This grand, Gothic cathedral owes part of its renown for being the burial site of its former Dean, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. Our last stop will be a visit to Dublin Castle, built in 1204, it was been at the epicenter of Irish Nationalism from that time through “The Troubles”. We’ll have a special conversation about Irish independence and the struggles of a modern Ireland. Next, we continue on to our hotel and enjoy a group meal before getting some sleep.

 

Day Three

Today’s first stop is the sprawling campus of Trinity College and its famous library. The building is home to the 8th century Book of Kells, a splendidly illuminated version of the Christian Gospels. We also get the chance to visit the Long Room. Once the principal library of the University, it now contains over two hundred thousand books and manuscripts. Lunch will be on your own in the area around the college. In the afternoon, visit EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, to learn more about history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries, including the influx of immigrants to American during the Potato Famine. Time permitting, we’ll visit the origination point of one of Irelands more popular exports, with a tour of the Guinness Brewery (cost additional). In the evening return to your accommodations for a group dinner and a free night.

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