JOHN KNOX 1514-2014 ITINERARY
You will not want to miss the JOHN KNOX @ 500 TOUR of Scotland and northern England. Subscribe to this site and watch for forthcoming details. It will be a tour to remember! Folks are already registering for this tour, so don't delay.
"It was a 5-star tour on a 3-star budget! Every day was like a foretaste of heaven!" 2009 travelers. What others have said
REGISTER: Download and print 2 copies of the sign both and send one copy with your $100 non-refundable registration deposit ($100 per traveler) to Bedford House Books: 3010 N Proctor, Tacoma, WA 98407.
Cost: $2,750 (deposit goes toward this amount; make checks out to Bedford House Books). Contact me today about early registration and family discounts.
$100 non-refundable deposit upon registration. $400 -- September 1, 2013
$1000 -- October 1, 2013Balance -- February 1, 2014
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-381-1961 with your questions.
June 24, Tuesday: Arrive in Glasgow (US Airways flights seem to arrive at 7:00 am; tour price does not include airfare or flight arrangements); *Lunch/dinner included.
Glasgow Cathedral, lunch, and Bothwell Brig (REBEL'S KEEP battle site); Necroplis memorial to Knox; Fenwick Kirk; then walk to Hotel Fenwick (2 nights); Lockgoin Farm (Covenanter hideout, museum, and collections); Scottish dinner at or near hotel (Haggis anyone? Not to worry, Scots have wonderful hearty meals like Cullen Skink, Shepherd's Pie, Hunter's Platter, Plowman's Platter, rump of beef and black pudding, grilled salmon, smoked haddock, breaded haddock and chips, Scottish oatcakes, and, of course, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread).
June 25, Wednesday: Barr Castle and Peden's claymore; Newmilns, Loudoun Parish Church (graveyard with monuments to Matthew Paton, Nisbet brothers, and others), Loudoun Old Kirk, Loudoun Keep (Site of REBEL'S KEEP escape); Drumclog battle field (KING'S ARROW); lunch at Loudoun Hill Inn; hike up Loudoun Hill (battle site and panoramic views); back to The Hotel Fenwick for afternoon nap, freshen up, and traditional Scottish dinner at nearby restaurant. Breakfast/lunch/dinner.
June 26, Thursday: Strathaven Castle, on to Dalry, Galloway (where C&C Trilogy and DUNCAN'S WAR begins); Clachan Inn, Lochinvar Hotel, and other options; Anwoth (Rutherford’s parish); Threave Castle and lunch in Castle Douglas; hotel, in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall and the Roman fort at Vindolanda (2 nights).. Breakfast/lunch/dinner.
June 27, Friday: Explore Hadrian’s Wall (HOSTAGE LANDS, GUNS OF THE LION), Vindolanda; St. Nicholas Church (where Knox preached), Newcastle; back to hotel. Breakfast/dinner.
June 28, Saturday: Coach to Edinburgh with stop at Lindesfarne Holy Island (Hand of Vengeance setting, must cross with the tide between 7:35 am to 2:25 pm) for lunch; (2 nights, at four-star hotel in shadow of Edinburgh Castle). Breakfast/dinner.
June 29, Sunday: morning worship at St. Giles, High Kirk (Knox’s pulpit; Jenny Geddes and her stool);Edinburgh, Royal Mile (Jolly Judge public house, GUNS OF THE LION); John Knox's Home Museum. Greyfriars Abbey (National Covenant 1638; burial site of Covenanters); Covenanter Tolbooth prison (our restaurant for lunch) and graveyard; Edinburgh Castle (Scots Confession 1560, and King James I was born here--think KJV Bible 1611-2011, 400 years as the longest-running English translation);The Grassmarket (martyr site of Covenanters); evening service Holyrood Church, confessional, believing Church of Scotland. Breakfast/lunch.
June 30, Monday: morning site-seeing, Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat; afternoon free-time exploring and shopping in Edinburgh. After lunch on your own, off on coach to St. Andrews. Hotel (3 nights) Breakfast/dinner.
July 1, Tuesday: San Salvator’s College (Patrick Hamilton martyr site; Knox pulpit); St Mary's College, where Rutherford taught and died; St. Andrews Castle (martyr site of George Wishart; Knox and castle siege); Cathedral ruins and churchyard (Knox preaching here; Samuel Rutherford buried here, 350 years ago); afternoon options, shopping, golf? (Hotel, 3 nights). Breakfast
July 2, Wednesday: Magus Moor (site of murder of Archbishop Sharpe by John Birley Balfour); Leuchars, Alexander Henderson's pulpit and one of the few Romanesque parish churches in Scotland; Dundee, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Knox); St John's Kirk, Perth, lunch; return to St. Andrews hotel. Breakfast/lunch.
July 3, Thursday: Stirling Castle and Covenanter James Guthrie's church, Earl of Argyl's house, and Knox pulpit, Guthrie church where Knox crowned James VI (KJ I); coach to Glasgow, dinner reprising the whole and last night at the Grand Central Hotel (four-star), Glasgow. Breakfast/dinner.
July 4, Friday: Breakfast and tour ends, Glasgow (many US flights leave around 10:00 am); connections or flights home.
*Twenty-two meals are included in the ten-night tour. These are usually breakfast and dinner or lunch, but there are days when only breakfast is included and other days where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Everyone will need a break from being part of the mob, and lunch (usually) or dinner (occasionally) alone with the family will be a welcome break.