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Ireland & Scotland

March 4 – 16, 2022 / $4690.00, air-inclusive from Denver

Join Father Louie Shea of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming on a pilgrimage to Ireland and Scotland next March. This trip features seven nights in Ireland and four nights in Scotland and includes round-trip airfare from Denver. You can expect beautiful four-star hotels, private transportation, an incredible program of Catholic and cultural tours led by master guides, most meals, and daily Mass, prayers and spiritual direction. The cost is $4690.00 per person. Space is limited to forty pilgrims total. 

About

From our custom-designed itinerary to private transportation and master guides, this trip promises an experience of Ireland and Scotland that is truly one of a kind.

An Incredible Itinerary

This itinerary is unique. We’ve selected two countries to explore, and five cities to use as our launching pads into the surrounding country.

Four Star Hotels & Amenities

Throughout this journey we will traverse two countries and stay in five incredible hotels, found in Dublin, Galway, Knock, Belfast and Edinburgh!

Catholic Tour Guides

Your tour director’s command of history and storytelling and our bus driver’s commentary (in Irish brogue) make this trip unique!

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A True Pilgrimage

This trip is more than a tour – it is a pilgrimage. You can expect daily Mass and prayers and visits to holy shrines and Catholic historical sites!

Planning Timeline

Register

In order to register simply fill out the form on this page! Your place on the trip is then secure!

Purchase Travel Insurance

When you register we will send you a quote for travel insurance. To cover preexisting conditions insurance must be made within two weeks of registration.

Get Your Passports Ready

Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are not valid to enter Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Get Welcome Packet & Pack Your Bags

Two months before the trip we will send you Welcome Packets with lots of useful information. Pack your bags and get ready!

The Itinerary

Getting There

Friday, March 4

Today we depart from Denver International Airport at 5:25 PM on British Airways flight 218 for London. Departure instructions will be provided upon registration. 

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Dublin

Saturday, March 5 – Arrival, Dublin

Our transatlantic flight touches down in London at 9:30 AM. We’ll then enjoy a few hours at the airport before boarding British Airways flight 838 for Dublin, with scheduled departure at 12:15 PM. 

At 1:45 PM we land in Dublin. Welcome to Ireland! Here we wil be met by our tour director and private coach and depart immediately for our hotel, Iveagh Gardens, a beautiful four-star hotel just off of the St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin. After checking in we will embark on a motor-coach tour of Dublin. Along the way we’ll stop at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral for Mass. We will then return to the hotel for dinner.

 

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Sunday, March 6 – Dublin

Today we will enjoy a comprehensive bus and walking tour of Dublin! Our day features some of the most beautiful and important sites of the city, including Trinity College (and the Book of Kells),  the General Post Office, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Dublin castle and more. And of course, we’ll enjoy some Irish whiskey along the way. Tonight we’re all on our own for dinner!

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Galway & Knock

Monday, March 7- Dublin, Galway

Following a hearty Irish breakfast we will depart for Galway! The bus will bring us directly to the four-star Ardilaun Hotel, where we will enjoy a welcome lunch. We will then depart for Galway Cathedral, the largest Catholic church in Galway. The cathedral is located on Nun’s Island, on the west bank of the River Corrib near Salmon Weir Bridge. It was the last large church in Ireland to be made from stone, and features a huge octagonal dome that complements the skyline of the City of Galway. After Mass at the Cathedral we’ll visit the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas of Myra. A place of great importance in Gaelic history, this church dates back to the 14th century. There is a legend that says that Christopher Columbus himself worshiped here while sojourning in Galway. Interestingly enough, the patron of this church – Nicholas of Myra – is also the patron saint of seafarers. 

We’ll then continue our walking tour of Galway city, visiting some of its most beautiful and important sites. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at a local pub before heading back to the hotel to catch up on sleep.

 

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Tuesday, March 8 – Knock

Following breakfast we will depart for Knock. Located in the plains of East Mayo, Knock is one of the world’s leading Marian shrines. Here, on August 21, 1879 fifteen men, women and children witnessed an apparition of Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. Ever since this event millions of pilgrims have visited Knock, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis among them. 

Upon arrival in Knock we will check in at the lovely St. Mary’s guest house, located within the grounds of the shrine. We will then enjoy a spiritual journey through the shrine followed by Mass in the Apparition Chapel. We will then enjoy a group dinner together. 

Wednesday, March 9 – Knock, Croagh Patrick, Westport

After breakfast we’ll board the bus and set out into the Hills of Connemara towards the great mountain known as Croagh Patrick. Nearly fifteen-hundred years ago St. Patrick climbed this very mountain, fasting for forty days and forty nights. He did so in order to be more like Christ. Ever since St. Patrick’s time the tradition of climbing Croagh Patrick has been continued, handed down from generation to generation. Today, we will become a part of that great living tradition. Before embarking on this 2500-foot climb we will say prayers at the foot of the mountain as a group. Asking God for the grace of holy perseverance we will then start the hike. At the summit Father Louie will celebrate Mass for the group!

For those who are not able to climb the mountain, the tour bus will bring you to the nearby town of Westport for a shopping trip and a stroll! Westport may be Ireland’s most charming small town, complete with stone bridges, seaside vibes and more history and culture than one could ask for! 

Following the tour of Westport the group will then return to Croagh Patrick, rendezvous with the climbers and then the whole group will return to Knock for a hearty dinner. 

Armagh, Belfast and Downpatrick

Thursday, March 10 – Knock, Armagh, Belfast

Following Mass and breakfast in Knock we will depart for Armagh, located in Northern Ireland. Armagh is a place of great historical and ecclesiastical importance. Not only is it the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ireland, but also the seat of the head of Protestant Church of Ireland. In Armagh we will learn the history of the Reformation in Ireland and visit the magnificent Cathedral of St. Patrick. This incredible Gothic edifice towers over the city and reminds us of the richness of the medieval period in Catholic Church history. 

Following our tour of Armagh we will get back on the bus and continue east towards Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and one of the British Isles most incredible cities! Upon arrival we will check in at our hotel, the four-star AC by Marriott Hotel, located right on the harbor!

 

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Friday, March 11 – Belfast, Downpatrick

This morning we will enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Belfast, which will take us past the leaning Albert Memorial Clock Tower (Ireland’s Big Ben!), the Opera House and through the Shankill and Falls, where we will learn the history of the violent period known as the Troubles which so divided Ireland just a few decades ago. 

Following our bus tour of Belfast we will depart for Downpatrick, a small town located about thirty minutes south of Belfast. Downpatrick is known as the burial place of Ireland’s greatest saints – Patrick, Brigid and Columba. Here we will enjoy lunch followed by Mass and a tour of the Cathedral. 

In the afternoon we will return to Belfast. For those who would like there will be an optional excursion to the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world, which was built to act as a tender ship (mail or passenger carrier) between the port and the Titanic itself. Our tour guide will tell us the story of the Titanic as we enjoy views of this magnificent vessel. We’ll then return to the hotel for dinner. 

Saturday, March 12 – Ferry to Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Today we will board our ferry for Scotland, arriving at the Scottish port of Cairnryan in the late morning. Welcome to Scotland! We’ll then hop back on board our bus and depart for Glasgow, a port city located in Scotland’s western lowlands. Upon arrival in Glasgow we will enjoy an orientation tour which includes a visit and celebration of Mass at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, a neo-gothic masterpiece in the heart of the city. 

Following our tour we will depart for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of Europe’s most fabled cities. It has even been called “the Athens of the North”! Upon arrival we will check-in at our hotel, the four-star Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, and enjoy dinner. 

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Scotland

Saturday, March 12 – Ferry to Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Today we board our ferry for Scotland, arriving at the Scottish port of Cairnryan in the late morning. Welcome to Scotland! We’ll then hop back on board our bus and depart for Glasgow, a port city located in Scotland’s western lowlands. Upon arrival in Glasgow we will enjoy an orientation tour which includes a visit and celebration of Mass at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, a neo-gothic masterpiece in the heart of the city. 

Following our tour we will depart for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of Europe’s most fabled cities. It has even been called “the Athens of the North”! Upon arrival we will check-in at our hotel, the four-star Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, and enjoy dinner. 

 

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Sunday, March 13 – Stirling, Edinburgh

Today we depart on a day trip for the medieval city of Stirling, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historically important cities. Here we will visit the impressive Stirling Castle, which sits atop a volcanic rock that towers above the surrounding town and countryside. This castle once served as a royal residence for Mary Queen of Scots. We’ll then enjoy lunch and a stroll through the old town. 

In the afternoon we will visit the Wallace Monument. This monument pays tribute to Wallace and in particular his great victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Here we’ll learn the story of the Scottish people and their fight for independence. We’ll then visit the Battlefield at Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II in the first war of Scottish Independence in 1314. In the evening we will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Monday, March 14 – Edinburgh

Today we will enjoy a full day in Edinburgh. First we visit and celebrate Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church, where we will visit the Shrine to the Venerable Margaret Sinclair (Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds) as well as a Shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 

Following lunch we will walk Edinburgh’s “Royal Mile,” an incredible thoroughfare that will take us right through the center of the city and past some of Edinburgh’s most incredible landmarks. We will then have a bit of free time for shopping at the many interesting shops in Old Town. 

In the afternoon, we visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen when she is visiting Scotland. Finally we visit Edinburgh Castle for a grand tour of this popular tourist destination. In the evening we will return to the hotel for dinner. 

Tuesday, March 15 – St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh

Today we will depart for St. Andrews. St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and the town named in his honor sits about 50 miles northeast of Edinburgh on the east coast of Fife overlooking the North Sea. This ancient city has played an incredibly important role in the history of Scotland, and is known in particular as the beginning of the bloody conflict between Protestants and Catholics following the Protestant Reformation. 

As our bus winds its way through the lowlands towards this incredible city, our guide will bring the history and stories of this place to life. Upon arrival we will enjoy a light lunch and then embark on a walking tour known as the St. Andrew’s Circuit. This tour will take us past more than twenty places of interest, from the Blue Stone of Pictish days, to the beaches famous for the filming of Chariots of Fire. The tour concludes at the ruins of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the original seat of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the most important place of worship in Scotland until the 16th century, when Catholicism was outlawed and the church was destroyed. Here we will offer prayers and officially conclude our walking tour. We’ll then return to Edinburgh for our farewell dinner together!

Coming Home

Wednesday, March 16 – Return to USA

Today we will depart by private coach for the airport. Our flight BA 1439 departs at 8:35 AM and arrives in London at 10:10 AM. In London we will have time for lunch before boarding British Airways flight 219 for Denver, with scheduled departure at 12:20 PM and arrival at 4:10 PM.

TRIP DETAILS

Pricing & Registration

Payment Details

Only $200.00 is due to register - the remaining balance is due later.

$200.00 / due @ registration

$2245.00
due September 1, 2021
$2245.00
due November 15, 2021
Check Payment or CC (3% Surcharge)

Regular Price

See the brochure or FAQ section below for a full list of inclusions and exclusions.

$4690.00 / air-inclusive

Airfare from Denver on British Airways
4 Star Hotels & Private Transportation
All Tours, Tour Fees and Most Meals
ProRome Tour Director & Private Guides

Upgrades & More

Looking for more legroom or perhaps a single room?

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Single Room - $900.00
Room Upgrade
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Seat Upgrades on Flights
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Meet the Team

Joe Long
Tour Planner
Father Louie Shea
Trip Chaplain, Pastor St. Margaret's in Riverton, WY
Sean Finegan
Tour Director
Margaret Keppel
Tour Coordinator, Office Administrator, ProRome
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fly separately?

Absolutely. You will save $1100.00 if you fly separately. Simply provide your arrival and departure information and we’ll have a private car waiting for you in Dublin. Please note that this service incurs an additional $100.00 fee ($100.00 per transfer).

Can I use my Points or Miles towards the airline tickets?

No. As this is a group booking we cannot apply Points or Miles towards each individual ticket.

Are you insured?

Yes. We are fully insured with Travel Agents and Tour Operators Professional Liability Insurance through Zurich American Insurance Company . And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome Tours.

Will I be safe with your group?

Safety is our #1 priority. We alway stay together as a group. We’ll never take you anywhere unsafe.

What do you do in the event of an emergency?

We remain in close contact with the American embassies in Ireland and the United Kingdom, who issues safety and security messages on their website. In the case of an emergency, we will first ensure that all of our group members are safe and able to communicate immediately with their family at home. We will then follow the instructions of the local authorities and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Our staff receives training before the trip, which involves reading, understanding and committing to memory a forty-page crisis management plan. If you would like to see a copy of this plan please inquire.

Can you accommodate people with food allergies or specific dietary restrictions?

Absolutely. Vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or celiac, we work only with restaurants and caterers who have ample options for you.

Trip Patron

“May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.”

Our trip patron is St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. St. Patrick, pray for us!

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