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Retreat to Iona 2018

Led by

The Revd Joyce Watson

Joyce Watson is an Anglican Priest on Iona and is a gifted retreat leader and has lived on the island since 2010.
In addition to her pastoral care for the Islander Joyce is a keen photographer and knows the island “inside out”.

Day 1 - Monday 2nd July
Starting our Pilgrimage
Our pilgrimage begins in Glasgow where we are asked to check-in no later than 6:30pm. Please make your own arrangements for your return journey to Glasgow by train , coach or plane. Overnight stay in Glasgow.

Day 2 - Tuesday 3rd July
Glasgow to Iona
This morning, after an early breakfast, we board our train for the beautiful journey from Glasgow to Oban via the banks of Loch Lomond. On arrival in Oban we will board a ferry to take us to the Isle of Mull. From here a stunning coach ride across this beautiful island brings us to the ferry port of Fionnphort where we will board another ferry to sail on Iona. On arrival on Iona we will make our way to our accommodation. Following an introductory session we have our first talk on the nature of the holy places, like Iona, the “thin places of the world”, where the Divine often seems very close indeed. We then enjoy dinner together.

Day 3 - Wednesday 4th July
Iona - Celtic Quiet Day
After breakfast, Morning Prayer and Address, we will share a day of peace and reflection, with scope for informal reflection and discussion, and time to read, pray or walk. We will celebrate Communion just before lunch. After Evening Prayer, we will dine together.

Day 4 - Thursday 5th July
Iona - Iona’s Saints
After breakfast, Morning Prayer and Address, we will share a day of peace and reflection, with scope for informal reflection and discussion, and time to read, pray or walk. We will celebrate Communion before lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free for reflection and prayer. We will finish the day with Evening Prayer and Address followed by a farewell dinner together.

Day 5 - Friday 6th July
Iona - Journey home
After a very early breakfast and Morning Prayer, we travel by ferry, coach and train back to Glasgow, (arriving at around 4pm), where we bid each other farewell, refreshed in the spirit of Iona.

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Tour Cost

INCLUSIVE TOUR COST - £545
LTG tours are carefully calculated to include all items necessary to complete your tour at the advertised price.

3 nights stay in a retreat house on Iona
1 nights stay in a hotel in Glasgow
Breakfast throughout
Return travel by coach, train and ferry between Glasgow and Iona
All lectures and visits

The only items NOT included:-
Optional Dinner Supplement (highly recommended) - £94, Single Room Supplement (if available) - £145, Gratuities and Gifts to Churchs - £20, Lunches, Travel Insurance, Drinks with meals and any items of a personal nature. Travel between your home and Glasgow.**

Accommodation
Three nights accommodation is of a retreat house standard with bathrooms provided close to clean and comfortable bedrooms (some en-suite rooms are available). One night in a Glasgow hotel. Accommodation is on a bed & breakfast basis with the option of a subsidised dinner supplement which we recommend (£94 for four dinners).

Getting to Glasgow**
Please note that travel to and from Glasgow is not included, advance cheap fares to Glasgow are widely available three months prior to departure and you are strongly advised to visit your local station or check on the National Rail website via www.thetrainline.com to purchase your ticket in good time. When booking your return travel please make sure you book it for departure after 16:30 (4:30pm).