Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Ireland/Scotland

Faculty: Kathy Heininge, Tim Timmerman
Class Meeting: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

STUDENT COST: $2200

The course and the trip will focus on the history of spirituality in Ireland and Scotland.  Both Scotland and Ireland have an interesting history of incorporating ancient beliefs into Christianity and beyond, and we will be tracing some of the threads of influence in both cultures, from Druids to Saints to cross-cultural influences. We will be looking at everything from ancient Druid and Christian sites to contemporary Christian retreat centers. Kathy Heininge, Professor of English, has traveled and studied extensively in Ireland and Scotland, and Tim Timmerman, Professor of Art, has much experience traveling throughout Europe. Together, they bring a wide range of experience and interests to the trip. 

The trip will begin in Edinburgh, a city that combines the Old Town -- with Edinburgh Castle and the Holy Rood (where the Queen and her family stay when they are in town) – with the New Town. From Edinburgh, we will also see Rosslyn Chapel (made famous by The Davinci Code) and St. Andrews. From there we will head to the west coast of Scotland, to the sacred sites of the Hebridean Islands, including Iona, site of an early Christian abbey, and to the Callanish Standing Stones, megalithic monuments.

From Scotland we will head to Ireland, beginning with several days in Dublin, where we will see the Book of Kells, visit the Viking Experience, see Glendalough (where St. Kevin housed his monastery and where some of the finest Celtic crosses are), and perhaps see a play or two at the Abbey Theatre. We will go to Newgrange, a portal tomb, and to Clonmacnoise to see the ancient Christian site founded by St. Ciaran. We will head to Westmeath to visit the town of Fore and to see Lake Derravaragh (the site of an Irish myth and where Kathy’s family lives). We will head south from there, to see the Gallarus Oratory and the Rock of Cashel, ending our tour at Shannon Airport.

NOTE: This trip is WALKING INTENSIVE. There will be many miles of walking nearly every day, and some of those days will require that you haul your luggage with you. If you have difficulty with walking, this would not be the trip for you.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Leave PDX to Edinburgh

Day 2: Arrive Edinburgh; get our bearings, get some sleep

Day 3: Tour Edinburgh Castle, the Holy Rood, the Royal Mile

Day 4: Visit Roslyn Chapel

Day 5: St. Andrews (for the school, the church and the golf course)

Day 6: After church, we will head to the middle of Scotland.

Day 7: We head to the west coast of Scotland. We will stay in the small fishing village of Oban.

Day 8: We get up early for the ferry to the Isle of Mull (where they have the most amazing lemon cookies you’ll ever eat!). The bus ride across the island takes about an hour or two. We will then get on another 15 minute ferry to cross to Iona.

Day 9: We spend the most blissful day you’ll ever have on the Isle of Iona, doing exactly nothing. Pray. Walk. Check out the Abbey. Pray it doesn’t pour rain on us. Pray for the little lambs we’ll see frolicking in the fields. Yes, they really frolick. A lot.

Day 10: We leave Iona. Callanish? This sounds impossible to get to, but amazing. Will have to check further.

Day 11: We head back to Glasgow for our flight to Dublin. If we have time, see the Book of Kells today; otherwise, we are stuck seeing it on the weekend.
    
Day 12: See the National Library, the National Museums, the Abbey Theatre, the General Post Office (site of the 1916 Uprising)

Day 13: After church, we will visit Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site.  If the weather holds, we will hike up to the lake (about 6 miles).

Day 14: We leave Dublin to visit Newgrange/Knowth, site of megalithic tombs.

Day 15: We go through Castlepollard, where Kathy’s family lives. Visit Fore and Lake Derravaragh.

Day 16: Clonmacnoise

Day 17: Head to Galway.

Day 18: Kylemore Abbey

Day 19: Cliffs of Mohr

Day 20: Aran Islands

Day 21: Head home (Shannon to PDX)

This trip is WALKING INTENSIVE. There will be many miles of walking nearly every day, and some of those days will require that you haul your luggage with you. If you have difficulty with walking, this would not be the trip for you.