Saint Luke’s Adult trip to Scotland
April 29, 2018 to May 7, 2018
Day 1 – Sunday, April 29 – Welcome to Scotland!
Group members will make their own flight arrangements. Arrive Edinburgh this morning. Spend the day as you wish in this delightful city and check in to your hotel. Meet your tour manager for an early evening welcome reception and dinner.
Meals included – welcome dinner Overnight: Edinburgh City Center
Day 2: Monday, April 30 – Our journey begins!
The first part of our journey takes us through the beautiful scenery of the Trossachs and on to majestic Glen Coe where an infamous event in Scotland’s history took place. We’ll make stops to catch up on sights and history along this lovely road. Tonight we’ll be in the Oban/Fort William area.
Meals included – breakfast, lunch, dinner Overnight: Oban/Fort William area
Day 3: Tuesday, May 1 – All Aboard!
We catch the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This scenic line takes us across the Glenfinnan Viaduct – known to you as the rail bridge in the Harry Potter movies. From there we take the ferry over to Armadale and we are now on the beautiful Isle of Skye. We tour northwards, taking in the stunning scenery and learning a little about life past and present on this island. At Uig we board another ferry. This time we are headed to the Outer Hebrides. Our destination is Tarbert on the Island of Harris.
Meals included – breakfast, dinner Overnight – Isle of Harris
Day 4: Wednesday, May 2 – Harris and Lewis
These breathtaking islands have a culture all of their own, a Gaelic speaking population and several small, Presbyterian denominations, apart from the Church of Scotland. We’ll learn about this. But we’ll also see some pre-Christian history as we visit the incredible standing stones at Callanish which are thought to be 5000 years old. We’ll also see a very fine example of a broch (an ancient dwelling) and the Arnol Blackhouse where we can find out about “crofting” as a way of life. There is so much to see here. And Harris has some of the loveliest, windswept beaches you can find.
Meals included – breakfast, dinner Overnight: Isle of Harris
Day 5: Thursday, May 3 – From the Islands to the Highlands
The ferry from Stornoway takes us back to a different part of the mainland, this time to Ullapool. We are among some of Scotland’s finest scenery. We drive to Inverness, known as the Capital of the Highlands. We’ll visit the Culloden Battlefield, learning about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
Meals included – breakfast Overnight: Inverness
Day 6: Friday, May 4 – Royal Deeside
Leaving Inverness we drive south into the Cairngorms National Park. We’ll see Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal family. A distillery visit is also on our program today. Tonight we are in Dundee, the city of Discovery – Scott of the Antarctic’s exploration vessel which is now berthed here.
Meals included – breakfast, dinner Overnight – Dundee
Day 7: Saturday, May 5 – The Kingdom of Fife
Today we will be in the “East Neuk” of Fife – charming fishing villages, surrounded by fine farmland. Then in St Andrews, one of our excellent guides leads a walking tour. This little town was a place of pilgrimage and had a massive cathedral, now a ruin. It was a highly significant site during the Reformation. It boasts Scotland’s oldest university where many of the Kirk’s ministers have been educated. And then there’s a golf course….
Meals included – breakfast, lunch Overnight – Dundee
Day 8: Sunday, May 6 – Back in Edinburgh: “The Athens of the North”
After morning service with a Church of Scotland congregation, the rest of this day is free until evening. Enjoy Scotland’s historic capital city! Tonight we have our closing time together with worship followed by a special dinner.
Meals included – breakfast, celebration dinner Overnight – Edinburgh City Center
Day 9: Monday, May 7 – Departures
Departures after breakfast. Haste ye back!
Meals included – breakfast
Arrival in Scotland and Tour Departure:
This is a “land only” tour and begins on what is shown as “Day 1” above. Travel arrangements prior to that are at your own discretion. Flights to Edinburgh from the US mostly arriving in the morning. There is no program on day 1 until early evening when we meet for a welcome dinner. You may, of course, arrive a day or two early or choose to stay on after the tour.
|Group Size||Early Bird Rate
(Deposit by Sept 13, 2017)
(Deposit Sept 13 or later)
• Pricing shown based on double-occupancy
• Single supplement – $680, subject to availability (to be paid at same time as deposit)
• Deposit: $1,095
• Prices (shown in US $) are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and any changes in the rate of government taxes.
• Accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels
• Travel by luxury coach
• Ferries and tolls
• Professional guides
• All entrance fees/group costs for historic sites/places of
interest/excursions on the itinerary
• Entertainment listed on itinerary
• Porterage at hotels
• Tipping for waitstaff etc.
• Services of our tour manager throughout
• UK VAT (sales tax)
• 8 hotel nights
• 8 Scottish breakfasts [usually with full cooked options]
• 2 lunches
• 1 welcome reception with dinner
• 4 regular dinners
• 1 special celebration dinner
• Flights to and from Scotland
• Airport transfers
• Small tip for driver (at your discretion)
• Personal items
– Earlybird deposit of $895 by September 13, 2017
(when single supplements must also be paid in full)
– Deposit of $1095 paid at date of booking (when single supplements must also be paid in full)
Then balances to be paid by everyone
– One-half of balance by November 5, 2017
– Remaining balance by February 4, 2018
*Anyone registering for the tour after November 5, 2017 – payment in full required at time of booking – subject to additional charge and availability
The way to protect deposits and further payments is by obtaining good travel insurance at an early stage. We will make refunds for cancellation only in line with the agreed policy.
Time prior to departure: Cancellation Fees:
Up to 91 days……………………………………………..deposit
75 – 90 days…………………………………….50% of tour cost
61 – 74 days……………………………………60% of tour cost
15 – 60 days………………………………….…75% of tour cost
Less than 15 days……………………………100% of tour cost
Fitness to participate
Group members need to be in good enough health to take part. Please remember some hotels do not have elevators or ground floor rooms and participation in the tour involves walking, managing steps and sometimes being in busy city streets. The brochure will contain the following or similar wording –
We don’t take long country hikes. Most hotels have elevators and porterage for luggage. But, among other things, you do need to be able to:
– Manage coach steps several times a day
– Stand or walk with our guides, inside and outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather
– Occasionally manage your own luggage
– Climb stairs in some hotels
– Walk city streets (Edinburgh has some steep hills and steps)
This trip is led by Rev. Phil Brown from Saint Luke’s in partnership with Scotus Tours in Scotland. Scotus Tours is led by a Rev. James Wallace, a minister in the Chruch of Scotland who specializes in tours for church groups. As such, this is not your run of the mill tour. There is a deep personal and spiritual touch to our time together.
The tour incorporates worship and daily devotionals. While there is a lot of great site seeing, there are intentional sites that will help us develop a greater appreciation for our Scottish-Presbyterian heritage.