Saturday, March 6, 2010

2011 SCOTLAND TOUR with author Douglas Bond

Here's a draft of the itinerary for the author-led book tour of Scotland and Hadrian's Wall, June 28-July 8, 2011. Click on the title link above to join the site and learn more. Space is limited so make plans now to secure your place on the tour.

June 28, Tuesday: Arrive in Glasgow (US Airways flights seem to arrive at 7:00 am)
Glasgow Cathedral,Tolbooth, and Bothwell Brig (battle site); then to The Hotel Fenwick (2 nights); Fenwick Church; Scottish dinner at or near hotel (Haggis anyone? Not to worry, Scots have wonderful hearty meals like Shepherd's Pie, Hunter's Platter, Plowman's Platter, shortbread). June 29, Wednesday: Lockgoin Farm (Covenanter hideout, museum, and collections); Barr Castle, Galston; Newmilns (graveyard with monuments to Matthew Paton, Nesbit brothers, and others), Loudoun Keep (Site of REBEL'S KEEP escape);
June 30, Thursday: Loudoun Hill (hike and panoramic vantage point); Drumclog battle field (KING'S ARROW); Dalry, Galloway (where C&C Trilogy begins); stay where? Still working on it...
July 1, Friday: Anwoth (Rutherford’s parish); Spend the night at Twice-Brewed Inn (2 night), in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall and Roman fort Vindolanda.
July 2, Saturday: Hadrian’s Wall (HOSTAGE LANDS, GUNS OF THE LION), Vindolanda; archeological dig; back to Twice-Brewed Inn.
July 3, Sunday: Coach Sunday dinner/lunch at Jedburgh Abbey (where Rutherford studied); conventicle, field meeting worship on the moors of Rullion Green Battle Field (DUNCAN'S WAR battle site, November 28, 1666);Edinburgh, Royal Mile (Jolly Judge public house, GUNS OF THE LION); Edinburgh Castle (Scots Confession 1560); St. Giles, High Kirk (Knox’s pulpit; Jenny Geddes and her stool); John Knox's Home; Greyfriars Abbey (National Covenant 1638; burial site of Covenanters); Covenanter prison and graveyard; The Grassmarket (martyr site of Covenanters); evening service Holyrood Church, confessional, believing Church of Scotland; (2 nights, historic hotel in Edinburgh, The Scotsman, 2 blocks from St. Giles)
July 4, Monday: morning site-seeing, Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat; ; afternoon free-time exploring and shopping in Edinburgh.
July 5, Tuesday: coach to St. Andrews; San Salvator’s College (Patrick Hamilton martyr site; Knox pulpit); St. Andrews Castle (martyr site of George Wishart; Knox and castle siege); Cathedral ruins and churchyard (Knox preaching here; Samuel Rutherford buried here); afternoon options, shopping, golf? (hotel 2 nights)
July 6, Wednesday: Magus Moor (site of murder of Archbishop Sharpe by John Birley Balfour); Dundee, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Knox); return to St. Andrews hotel
July 7, Thursday: Stirling Castle and Covenanter James Guthrie's church, Earl of Argyl's house, and Knox pulpit; several sites in the Pentland Rising (Brig o’ Doon, St. Bride’s Church, Ayrsmoss battlefield (Richard Cameron); dinner reprising the whole and last night at hotel near airport
July 8, Friday: breakfast and tour ends, Glasgow (many US flights leave around 10:00 am); connections or flights

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