2014 Premium Scotland Covenanter Holiday Tour
(cost/person to be determined plus international travel)
All meals are covered.
Dates: July 11 to July 26, 2014
Friday 11th July
Participants depart USA and travel overnight to arrive on the 12th July.
Saturday 12th July - Tour arrives into Glasgow airport. Those arriving before noon will be taken on a Tour of Glasgow.
(Those arriving in the afternoon, depending on the time, will either be taken to
meet up with the others or taken directly to the hotel.)
We may visit:
- Lunch at the People's Palace
, a museum and park about the history and
culture of Glasgow
After the Tour of Glasgow, we will travel to our hotel, check in and
have dinner there.
Lord's Day 13th July - Worship in Airdrie in the morning;
lunch in the church hall; then we can either relax in the church hall, or go
for a walk at the local Dayzell Park and visit the Covenanters Oak. There will
be a light supper before the evening service in Airdrie, and then we will
return to the hotel. (Possibly we will incorporate North Edinburgh RP Church
into this day...)
Monday 14th July - Head to St. Andrews stopping at
Reformation sites in Leuchars and Magus Muir, then we will visit the martyrs
monument; see the spot where Patrick Hamilton - the first Scottish martyr of the
Reformation -was killed; see where George Wishart, the mentor of John Knox, was
executed; see where John Knox preached; and visit the grave of Samuel Rutherford
the great Covenanter minister. There will then be free time to walk about this
historic university town, run on the Chariots of Fire beach, or visit the
birthplace of golf - the Old Course. We will have a High Tea in St Andrews
before returning to our hotel.
Tuesday 15th July -
Today we will tour Edinburgh and visit St. Giles Cathedral
, National Museum of Scotland (which houses copies of the
National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant), Greyfriars Kirkyard (where
the National Covenant was signed), and the Grassmarket
where many Christians
were put to death for adhering to the Reformation. After lunch, we will Tour
Edinburgh Castle, then have some free time for shopping before dinner in
Wednesday 16th July
- Today we will visit rural
Reformation and Covenanting sites. We will visit places like:
- Bothwell Bridge - the site of a landmark Covenanter battle in 1679.
- Hamilton old kirkyard - memorial to the Covenanter martyrs from
- Glassford - Grave of William Gordon shot by dragoons
- Strathaven - visit Castle which played a key role during the 'Killing
Times' and graves nearby
- Drumclog - visit museum with Covenanter exhibits and battle site of great
- Muirkirk - see the memorial to the 18 year old boy shot for reading his
- Airds Moss - This is the memorial to Richard Cameron, the minister known
as 'the Lion of the Covenant'.
- Cumnock - See various memorials including one for Rev. Alexander Peden,
one of the famous Covenanter ministers.
- Sorn - See the grave of 16 year old George Wood, the last martyr.
- Newmilns (depending on time) - See the keep that was stormed by
Covenanters to free prisoners.
- Fenwick kirkyard - See various graves including William Guthrie author of
'The Christian's Great Interest' and Captain John Paton.
Thursday 17th July - We will travel to
Wigtown, Scotland's book town, stopping at Sanqhuar and Anwoth along the way.
In Wigtown we will see where the two Margaret's were martyred. There will be
some free time to look in the bookshops before dinner in Wigtown and heading
back to the hotel. (This is our longest driving day.)
Friday 18th July -
We will start our day by visiting the
newly re-opened Bannockburn Visitor Centre
where the iconic battle for Scottish
Independence was fought. It's the 700 anniversary of this battle in 2014, and
they are working on a whole new visitor centre. Then we will visit and tour Stirling Castle
and the Church of the Holy Rude. Next we will travel over to
Falkirk and go for a ride on the Falkirk Wheel
, a marvel of Scottish
engineering. After dinner in Falkirk, we will return to our hotel.
Saturday 19th July - We will check out of our hotel and
travel to Balloch for the Loch Lomond Highland Games. After spending time at
the games, we will travel on to Gartmore House and check in for the Irish
Covenanter International Holiday Conference
Speaker: Rev. Kenneth Stewart (Gartmore 2014)
Participants will fly home from the Glasgow International Airport