13-Day Choir Tour | Ireland & Scotland
Galway | Dublin | Armagh | Belfast | Glasgow | Edinburgh
This program includes the following venues:
- Recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin
- Informal Recital at Bunratty Folk Park
- Sung Mass at Knock Shrine
- Sung Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh
- Sung Mass at St. Mary Pro Cathedral in Dublin
- Sung Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh
All concert venues, Sung Masses and performances are subject to confirmation. This itinerary can be customized or modified to include additional venues for choirs and performance groups as well as daily liturgies for pilgrimages.
- Day 1 | Thursday | Depart for Ireland
- Day 2 | Friday | Arrive in Dublin | Glendalough
- Dia dhuit (Hello-God to you)! Visit Glendalough and explore the monastery founded by St. Kevin and sites associated with his life. Continue to Dublin.
- Day 3 | Saturday | Recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Highlights of Dublin | Farewell Dinner
- After breakfast transfer to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a noon recital. Then, see popular sites in Dublin by coach. Stroll down Grafton Street and see the display on the Book of Kells at Trinity College.
- Day 4 | Sunday | Rock of Cashel | Bunratty Castle | Limerick
- Welcome to Tipperary…You've Come a Long Way! Visit the Rock of Cashel then continue to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Present an informal recital at the world famous Bunratty Medieval Banquet. Overnight in Limerick.
- Day 5 | Monday | Cliffs of Moher | Burren Region | Corrib Cruise
- Drive through the Burren region and stop at the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Then, cruise on Lough Corrib, one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. Overnight in Westport.
- Day 6 | Tuesday | Connemara | Kylemore Abbey | Knock Shrine
- Drive through the scenic Irish countryside of the Connemara region to Kylemore Abbey. Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock. Sing for Mass at Knock Shrine, where the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the parish church in August 1879.
- Day 7 | Wednesday | Navan Fort | Armagh | Belfast
- Visit the Navan Centre and Fort, one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites in Armagh. Explore the St. Kilian’s Heritage Centre, and sing Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh.
- Day 8 | Thursday | Belfast | Giant’s Causeway
- Tour of Belfast along the Falls Road with Bobby Sands Mural and Solidarity Wall. See an exhibition at Titanic Belfast and shipyard where the Titanic story comes to life. Visit Old Bushmills Distillery and drive along the famous Giant’s Causeway.
- Day 9 | Friday | Downpatrick | Boyne Valley | Dublin
- The morning is dedicated to Northern Ireland’s "St Patrick’s Country". See the site of St. Patrick’s grave at Down Cathedral. Continue through the Boyne Valley, a landscape full of passage tombs. Explore the ruins of Monasterboice. Sing for Mass at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.
- Day 10 | Saturday | Return to the USA or Extension to Glasgow | Edinburgh
- Continuing flight to Glasgow for optional extension. Upon arrival, visit and explore Dumbarton Castle overlooking the River Clyde. Continue to Edinburgh.
- Day 11 | Sunday | Stirling Castle | Rosslyn Chapel
- Morning excursion to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s grandest. Visit Rosslyn Chapel, founded and served as a Catholic collegiate church until the Scottish Reformation. This evening, sing for Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
- Day 12 | Monday | Highlights of Edinburgh | Farewell Dinner
- Highlights tour includes Edinburgh Castle with its St. Margaret’s Chapel, and St. Giles’ Cathedral, the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Take the Abbey tour at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Festive farewell dinner at Prestonfield House.
- Day 13 | Tuesday | Return to the USA