Saturday – After you arrive in Glasgow or Edinburgh, we will visit Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, often known as ‘the Second City of the Empire’. Stopping at Glasgow Cathedral we will get some background information about the church in Scotland, and then we will step across the street to visit the oldest house in the city, the Provand’s Lordship House. Afterwards we will go off to the People’s Palace and Winter Garden and learn a bit more about the history of this great city and its people before finishing up at the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We will then head to our accommodation, check in, and have dinner.
Lord’s Day – Our policy at Reformation Tours is that the Sabbath is to be a day of worship and rest both for the Tour guides and for those on the Tour. So, you will worship with us at the Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church in the morning, where the congregation will be delighted to get to know you. After lunch with some in the church, you could either rest at your accommodation or visit a local country park (weather permitting) for a lovely walk followed by tea with others in the congregation, and then evening worship.
Monday – Reformation Tour of St. Andrews, the historic Cathedral town of Scotland and home to its oldest university and the birthplace of golf. You 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. You will visit the Cathedral, see the beach where the iconic Chariots of Fire scene was filmed, and spend time wandering through the cobbled streets.
Tuesday – Reformation Tour of Edinburgh, a World Heritage Site. As you walk around the Old Town of this medieval city you will visit St. Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, Greyfriars kirkyard (best known for the loyalty of a dog, but where God’s people also showed their loyalty), and the Grassmarket where many Christians were put to death for adhering to the Reformation. In the afternoon, you will tour Edinburgh Castle, then have some free time for shopping on the Royal Mile before dinner in Edinburgh.
Wednesday – Reformation tour of Lanarkshire & Ayrshire. On this day you will travel throughout the rural, southwest countryside of Scotland visiting old churches, and castles, and graveyards, and villages, and hearing the stories of ordinary men and women who were killed for their faith in Christ.
Thursday – Today we will travel around the Scottish Borders where we will visit different places of historical interest as well as hearing about some individual Covenanter stories.
Friday – We will drive up the West Highland Way, past beautiful Loch Lomond, stopping at the picturesque village of Luss, before continuing to the Highlands. We will travel through the stunning scenery of Glencoe to the visitor center where we will hear all about the Glencoe massacre. On the way back we will stop for dinner at a traditional fish & chip shop.
Saturday – We will travel to Anwoth to see the ruins of the church where Samuel Rutherford preached, and then drive to Wigtown to see where the two Margarets were martyred and where they are buried. Those going on to the Gold Coast Conference will then go to Cairnryan where we will get the ferry to Belfast and then be picked up by a coach and taken to Waterford for the Gold Coast Conference.
The price for this Tour is £1,565 pounds sterling per person, with discounts for children 16 and younger. The Tour can be paid for in three installments or in one payment.
The price includes all accommodation, all transport within Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland, all meals, entry to all sites visited, all gratuities, and the services of our Tour Guides.
The price does not include international airfare.
Reformation Tours is a non-profit ministry of the RPCS, any money left after costs are paid is used for church planting in Scotland.