Pilgrimage to Iona: A Journey to Silence

October 6, 2019 - October 17, 2019

Pilgrimage to Iona: A Journey to Silence

Pilgrimage to Iona: A Journey to Silence

Pilgrimage led by the Rev. Jerry Doherty

October 6–17, 2019
$300 deposit due by March 1st

Estimated total cost $3800-$4000  (Total cost will be locked in by 03/01/2019) Total payment due 04/15/2019

Deposits are refundable until 03/15/2019

(Note that scholarships are not available for this pilgrimage)

The early Celtic Christians had a tradition of taking spiritual journeys as part of their faith in God. The journey was not to sight see or shop or just to have a good time. It didn’t even have a known destination. It was to go to a thin place, a place where the veil between time and eternity was very thin. It was a place to feel the presence of God. A place like this is the holy is the island of Iona in Scotland . Join the Episcopal House of Prayer in a journey to Iona in 2019. Experience a journey to the silence of God.


October 6, 2019- Flight to Glasgow, Scotland

Oct. 7- Arrive in Glasgow journey by train to Oban, spending the night in a local hotel

Oct. 8- Ferry to the Isle of Mull, and journey to Iona. Check into the Columba Hotel, our home for our stay.

Oct.9- 14 Pilgrims are guided to sacred places on Iona with daily worship outside or on the restored Norman Abbey. There will be plenty of free time and spiritual guidance if needed.

Oct. 15 Leave Iona, returning to Glasgow for the flight home.

Oct. 16 Return home.

A person going on pilgrimage needs to be in good health. A pilgrim needs to walk three miles a day over uneven ground in all weather conditions; it may be rainy at times. There are no handicap facilities on the island. The pilgrimage is suitable for adults and teenagers. The worship services provided will be Episcopalian, but people of all faiths are welcome.

If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Jerry Doherty at [email protected]. Rev. Doherty will communicate trip particulars to travelers.

Cost includes round trip airfare and departure from Glasgow, Scotland to and from Iona. Double overnight accommodations, most meals except lunches are included, train connections and guiding fees are covered. Tips for meals and hotel stays are not included. There are a limited number of single rooms for an additional charge of $300.

Total payment is due by April 15, 2019. Refunds are not available. Travelers are advised to purchase travel insurance on their own.

Payment Schedule:

A deposit of $300 per person is required by March 1st for each reservation.

Deposits are refundable until March 15th.  Cost estimate is $3800-$4000.  Total cost will be locked in by March 1st, and is due by April 15, 2019.  Refunds will not be available after March 15th.  Travelers are advised to purchase travel insurance on their own.


Register for Pilgrimage now.


Jerry Doherty is a longtime priest in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota who currently serves as total ministry mentor at St. Luke’s, Hastings. He is the author of A Celtic Model of Ministry: The Reawakening of Community Spirituality.