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The Iona Community
A dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace, social justice and the renewal of worship

View from the Pier
A writer's journey of self-discovery

The New World Foundation
An organization of Associate Members and Friends of the Iona Community living in the USA

Project Egeria
Focused on the preservation and promotion of pilgrimage monuments in the Mediterranean

Abraham's Path
A route of walking that follows the footsteps of Abraham across the middle east.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
962 cultural and national heritage sites around the world

Explore Faith
Spiritual guidance for anyone seeking a path to God

Information on heritage and community for those visiting The Holy Island

Community of Aidan and Hilda
A dispersed ecumenical body drawing inspiration from the lives of the Celtic Saints

Confraternity of St. James
Describes and supports the undertaking of a pilgrimage to Santiago, the shrine of St. James

St. Cuthbert's Way
Describes a 62.5 mile walking route across the Scottish Boarders from Melrose to Lindisfarne

Spirituality and Practice
Offers resources for spiritual journeys

Christian Practices of Faith
Explores a way of life shaped by practices that respond to God's grace and love

Pilgrimage: Story, Spirit, Witness, Place
A "community-in-print" that contemplates inward and outward exploration



Iona Pilgrimage in 2013

Travel Assistance

For the Pilgrimage to Iona, you will need to make your own arrangements for travel to Glasgow, Scotland and for at least one night in Glasgow at the beginning of the pilgrimage. The following may help:

Airline Travel to Glasgow.

Glasgow has two airports, Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick. You need to go to Glasgow International. It is MUCH closer to downtown Glasgow.

Many people have their own preferences as to airlines and schedules but I have found the following to be helpful when planning:

Routes – You have a choice among three basic routes to Glasgow (unless you really want to do a round-about trip via some place like Berlin, Paris or Amsterdam). They are:

  1. To Glasgow International – Non-stop. This is often preferable for obvious reasons. It saves layovers and effort spent navigating strange airports. The selection of routes and prices is less but, if you can swing it, it works very well.
  2. To Glasgow International via London. Many airlines fly this route and prices may be cheaper but beware, if you must go through Heathrow Airport near London, allow at least 3 hours for transfer. It is a big, confusing place.
  3. To Glasgow International via Dublin. Again, a lay-over is necessary, but in Dublin it goes quickly. This is the route of AirLingus, the Irish national airlines. It can be fun!

Airl Flight to Iona

Air Carriers – You have a good choice here.
  1. Air New Zealand – My favorite from Los Angeles. Reasonable rates, wider seat, good service and non-stop overnight for a good night's sleep.
  2. Air Lingus – Takes you from many American cities to Dublin and onward. Great service and avoids Heathrow.
  3. Amercan Airlines – Many choices at many price points, depending on if and where you lay over.
  4. British Airways – They actually should be doing more to attract our business.
  5. United Airlines – May be competative pricewise, but service is always a question.
  6. US Airways – A possibility.

Lodging in Glasgow

Many pilgrims take advantage of being in the UK to add other adventures onto either end of their Iona pilgramage. However, there are a few requirements that you MUST be aware of.

  • Friday night, May 24. – You must find lodgings for yourself in Glasgow so that you can participate in our Acquainting Dinner in Glasgow scheduled for 7:00 Friday night.

There are many possibilities in town, but the following are all a short walk to the Queen Street Rail Station and may be reached by public bus from Glasgow Airport. (Click on their names to visit their websites.)

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express Traveland
A popular choice for hotels in Glasgow due to its position in the heart of Glasgow city center, its boutique Glasgow hotel styling and excellent service levels.

Mercure Hotel Glasgow

A 3 star hotel close to the vibrant hub and cultural attractions of the city center.

Millenium Hotel Glasgow

Millennium Hotel
A striking Victorian building with an impressive façade, which is conveniently situated in Glasgow city center.

If you want to search for other lodgings in Glasgow, you might try:

  • We will be departing by train from Queen Street Rail Station promptly at 8:21 on Saturday morning, May 25. This early start is why we all plan to meet for dinner Friday evening.
  • We will not return to Glasgow until about 3:00 pm on Friday, May 31. Travel arrangements must be made accordingly. (Many pilgrims plan to stay in Glasgow on the Friday evening and fly out early the next day.)



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