Don't miss the JOHN KNOX @ 500 TOUR (1514-2014) of Scotland and northern England with author, Douglas Bond ITINERARY. Register today and get a free copy of my new release, The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts. It will be a tour to remember! Join the folks who have already registered for this tour, but hurry. The Reformation Tour, 2013, was fully subscribed many months before the tour, so don't delay.
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Douglas Bond, author of twenty-five books, is husband of Cheryl, father of six, and grandfather of two. He is a ruling elder in the PCA, teaches at Covenant High School, speaks at conferences, and leads Church history tours in Europe.
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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); early lunch; visit Fenwick Kirk; then walk to Hotel Fenwick (1 night); Scottish dinner at or near hotel (Haggis anyone? Not to worry, Scots have wonderfully 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 where Wishart and Knox preached; Drumclog battle field (KING'S ARROW); pleasant hike up Loudoun Hill, optional and depending on weather (Covenanter battle site and panoramic views of Irvine River valley); Strathaven Castle, on to Dalry, Galloway (where C&C Trilogy and DUNCAN'S WAR begins); coach to Northumbrian hotel in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall and the Roman fort at Vindolanda; traditional Northumbrian dinner at nearby restaurant. Breakfast/lunch/dinner.
June 26, Thursday: Morning hike Hadrian’s Wall (HOSTAGE LANDS, GUNS OF THE LION); (optional hike; George Hotel is a destination in itself on the River Twead), and afternoon coach tour to Durham (51 minutes), cathedral, castle, and explore charming village where Knox was tried at the Council of the North. Back to hotel. Breakfast/lunch/dinner.
June 27, Friday: coach to Lindesfarne (1:37) Holy Island (Hand of Vengeance setting, must cross with the tide between 7:35 am to 2:25 pm); explore Berwick Castle (Knox preached to garrison here and his future wife was converted to Christ here); stop at St Mary's Church Hadddington where Knox was ordained and near Giffordgate where he was born; coach to (1:33) Edinburgh (2 nights, hotel in shadow of Edinburgh Castle). Breakfast/dinner.
June 28, Saturday: Edinburgh explore St. Giles, High Kirk (Knox’s pulpit; Jenny Geddes and her stool); Royal Mile (Jolly Judge public house, GUNS OF THE LION); John Knox's Home Museum. Greyfriars Abbey (National Covenant 1638; burial site of Covenanters); The Grassmarket (martyr site of Covenanters); Holyrood Palace (where Knox spoke boldly before Mary Queen of Scots), and optional hike up Arthur's Seat; afternoon free-time exploring and shopping in Edinburgh and dinner on your own. Breakfast/lunch.
June 29, Sunday: morning worship at Holyrood Church, confessional, believing Church of Scotland (pastor John Hair), then lunch at what was the Covenanter Tolbooth prison and nearby graveyard (hymn writer Horatius Bonar's grave); Edinburgh Castle (Scots Confession 1560, and King James I was born here--think KJV Bible 1611); afternoon coach to St. Andrews hotel (1:17). Breakfast/lunch.
June 30, Monday: 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); lunch together then afternoon options, shopping, exploring the town and old books shops, strolling the beach, tea where William and Kate had their first date, golf? Hotel (2 nights) Breakfast/lunch.
July 1, Tuesday: 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; St Peter's, Dundee, David Robertson, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Knox); back to St. Andrews hotel. Breakfast
July 2, Wednesday: coach to (:53) St John's Kirk, Perth (iconoclasm after Knox preached here); meet with pastor Josh Williamson, arrested for street preaching, who will share with us about the progress of the gospel and challenges to ministers in Scotland today; shopping and lunch; coach to Stirling (:44) Castle and Covenanter James Guthrie's church where Knox preached and where he crowned 13 month old James VI--later King James I of the United Kingdom; Knox pulpit; Earl of Argyl's house; (:34) coach to Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Breakfast/lunch.
July 3, Thursday: Tour Glasgow Cathedral and Necroplis memorial to Knox; visit St George's Tron Kirk where Sinclair Ferguson ministered in the spirit of Knox (now seized by apostate Church of Scotland and congregation ousted); dinner reprising the whole and last night at the Grand Central Hotel (four-star, the Queen has stayed here!), Glasgow. Breakfast/dinner.
July 4, Friday: Full-Scottish Breakfast at Grand Central Hotel and tour concludes, Glasgow (many US flights leave around 10:00 am); connections or flights home.
*Twenty-two meals are included in the ten-night tour (you will need to go on a diet after these fine meals--but worth it).