Scotland 2019

In Search of Catholic Scotland

When is it?

We will meet everyone at Edinburgh airport on Saturday morning June 29  and drop them off there on Sunday morning July 7 to catch their flights

What is the exact itinerary?

  • EDINBURGH: On Day One we will visit the medieval chapel of St Margaret, the oldest building in all of Scotland — with spectacular views high atop an ancient crag in the center of old Edinburgh — on our way to our lodgings in the gorgeous countryside outside St Andrews. 
  • ST ANDREWS: A ruined cathedral, cozy pubs, sea views, ancient episcopal palaces and the oldest golf course in the world — all in a lovely college town where Prince William met his Kate! We'll spent two nights in converted worker cottages in the countryside minutes outside of St Andrews. Oh, and Stirling Castle.
  • HIGHLANDS: In between gazing at the unbelievably beautiful scenery, we'll explore lovely Glamis Castle, and have a private visit to the hidden and heroic Scottish Catholic seminary during dangerous penal times.
  • HEBRIDES: We'll stay in a 19th century mansion hotel and trace Scotland's early Catholic story — involving monks and rivers and a violent attack on a 5th century bishop's see — all on the stunning Isle of Skye, plus sample her whiskies — invented, of course, by Catholic monks.
  • GLASGOW: Our Trip will end with a visit to a city parish and a meetup with  local young Catholics in a pub in this industrial city that's the heartland of Scottish Catholics today.

Do you have to be single?

No. Though many travelers are.

Do you have to be Catholic?

No, though what we’re going to see might make more sense if you have been formed as a Catholic.

Are there age limits on this trip?

Over 21 years of age, please, as we will be consuming alcohol. Also, those with physical limitations should bear in mind that parts of this Trip will include long periods of standing and walking, and that they will need to carry their own luggage.

Why is this trip different from other trips?

Basically, it’s an insider’s tour. In addition to seeing the beauties of Scotland, you will meet and hang out with Scottish people who take their Faith seriously. You will assist at Latin Masses in parishes and Orders. And you will travel with other people your age, who also take their Faith seriously.

Will we have a Latin Mass every day?

No. We will have a Novus Ordo Mass available every  day with our Chaplain, and we will have a Latin Mass on both Sundays.

Who is coming on this trip?

Last year we had people from the US, Canada, Singapore, and Ireland.

Can we bring kids?

You can, although we would caution strongly that this trip is probably not suitable for children under 14. Too tiring, and too intellectual.

What kind of places will we stay in?

We will be staying in historic accommodations in Cambridge and Oxford. We’ll stay in places REGINA knows personally.

How much walking is involved?

Moderate, most days, We will average between 4-6 miles per day, walking up and down hills and over rough cobblestone streets and ancient ruins. Probably a good idea to do some walking training beforehand — and bring comfortable shoes!

Do I have to share a room?

You have a choice of sharing a room or not. Obviously, if you share with a friend, we can accommodate you both. If you don’t have a friend to accompany you, let us know and we will assign someone of the same sex to share with you, if we can. Single rooms are available, too.

What's the difference in cost?

A shared room package will cost US$2100. A single room package will cost US$2900. Neither includes airfare.

What does the tour fee include?

Transportation around the country, overnight accommodations, breakfast and dinner, entrance fees and charitable contributions to Catholic Orders. Basically everything except lunch, drinking and spending money.

How many people are going on this tour?

The maximum we will take is 22.

Is there a fee to reserve my seat?

Yes. A non-refundable fee to reserve your seat is $515, which goes towards your total Trip fee.

How do I pay for it?

Reserve fees must be paid via Paypal or Square HERE. You don’t need a Paypal account. All you need is a MC or Visa, and you can go onto the Paypal website and work from there!

When is the rest due?

The second installment is due on April 1, 2019. If you pay via PayPal to this link it will be $1133 (for a shared room) or $1957 (for a single room). If you pay via check it will be $1100 (for a shared room) or $1900 (for a single room) mailed to 12042 SE Sunnyside Road Suite 486 Clackamas, Oregon 97015. The remainder of the Trip fee is due May 1 at $515 via Paypal or $500 via check as above. Please note that it's first-come, first-served and we close Trips at 22 people.

How can I get updates?

Once you send us your $515 reserve fee, we will include your name on the trip email list and provide regular updates that way.

What is the weather like in June/July?

Scotland is always cool, so prepare for temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees with alternately sunny and rainy skies. Do bring layers in case it gets colder or hotter.

How much should I pack?

We recommend that you pack as lightly as you can, as you will be carrying your own luggage.

Can we get cellphone service in Scotland?

Most carriers have plans which you can buy to provide service in Scotland.

Can I learn more about the places we will visit on this tour?

Yes, indeed. Everyone who signs up for the Trip will receive a free ‘Secret Catholic Insider Guide to Scotland’!

Questions? Contact us at reginafoundationtours@gmail.com

What happens when a bunch of young Catholics converge on the Emerald Isle?