Iona 2022!


We have TWO! Iona Pilgrimages to Iona in May, 2022! (Scroll down for information on both!

Our First May 2022, Iona Pilgrimage: 

A Pilgrimage to Iona, Mull and Kilmartin: 

Details: 

Friday, May 6th, 2022: Early morning we will gather as a group at a designated meet-up location in Glasgow (time and location TBA) and together we will board our private hire bus for a day full of adventure. Wending our way through the Highlands and Islands our first stop will be the Kilmartin Glen where we will spend the day amongst its many rock carvings, standing stones, and Neolithic and Bronze Age burial cairns. Once the Kingdom of the Dal Riata, we will first stop at Dunadd, a 2000 year old hill fort where Kings were once crowned and where you will have the opportunity to take in the stunning views and literally stand in the footsteps of Kings and Saints! While in Kilmartin you will also have the opportunity to walk amongst its standing stones, enter ancient burial chambers, and visit the cafe, museum and nearby Kilmartin Parish Church; a gothic style church dated back to 1835 (in its Kirk yard lies incredible medieval tomb slabs featuring carvings of knights and Celtic symbols). After our day in Kilmartin is complete we will once again board our bus and make our way to Oban (Scotland's Sea Food Capital) where we will settle into our beautiful B&B with time for individual sightseeing, shopping or rest. Later that evening we will gather as a group for our Welcome Dinner at an atmospheric (and delicious!) restaurant by the water side.A Knights Grave Kilmartin CemeteryIona w friends 046 72

The next morning, Saturday, May 7th: After breakfast we will board the ferry to Craignure. This beautiful 45 minute sail with picturesque views is a great time to capture amazing photos. Upon arriving in Craignure, as a group we will board a public bus and make our way across the majestic Isle of Mull to Fionnphort where we will catch our final 15 minute ferry over the turquoise blue Sound of Iona to the Isle of Iona. Once on Iona, our group will be divided between three charming self-catering cottages which upon arrival will be stocked with all you need for breakfast and lunch throughout your stay. Your home-away-from-home while Iona will be steps away from the shores of the Sound of Iona and within walking distance of the village, Iona Nunnery and Abbey, restaurants and shops. After a brief introduction to the island, we will gather for our first evening meal on Iona which we will cook and eat together as a group in one of our cozy cottages. Afterwards, we will gather for an welcoming and informative group circle. 


Throughout our week on Iona: 
Nick and Denise will offer guided walks and tours to Iona's sacred sites and hidden places. You will have the opportunity to embark on a boat trip toNick tour Abbey reduced sz the Isle of Staffa where you can get a close up of FIngals's Cave (and maybe even puffins!). There will be offerings of informational group sessions on the history, myth, and legends of Iona, on Celtic Spirituality and Nature, and much more (a more detailed itinerary will be given nearer our journey). All will be blended beautifully with Walking Awake's eclectic mix of poetry, song, ceremony, story and simply 'walking awake' in all we do! If desired, there will also be time to attend services at the Iona Abbey and partake in the other religious offerings on the island. And of course, there will be plenty of un-programmed time while on Iona for individual quiet, reflection, and exploration. 

We are offering you the choice of two options (while space remains) to conclude your journey: "The Oban Return Option" or on a first-come *first-serve basis due to limited availability, we are also offering an  "Iona Extension Option". *Check with Denise regarding Iona extension availability.  

Oban"The Oban Return Option": For those choosing this as their conclusion, we will leave Iona on the morning on Saturday, May 14th: Saying our goodbyes to Iona, Denise will lead the group as together we weave our way via return transport (ferry, bus, ferry) back to Oban. Upon arrival win Oban we will check into our B&B. In the afternoon a tour of the Oban Distillery will be offered or you may opt to spend the day as you wish: rest, explore, pub-hop or shop! We will close out our evening together with a group booked meal at one of our favorite restaurants. 

Sunday, May 15th: After breakfast we will we leave our B&B together and Denise will escort the group to the Oban train station where we will say our final goodbyes and our time together will conclude. The train will take you back to the Glasgow Queen Street Station where you can either choose to further explore Scotland on your own or make your way back to the airport to fly home. 

*Iona Extension Option (*while space remains- check with Denise as per availability)The Hermits Cell, Iona

We often find that pilgrims find it difficult to leave Iona after only one week. For this reason, we are offering a limited availability, first-come first-serve second opiton to close out your trip (rather that the one listed above leaving Iona on Saturday, May 14th). 

Our Iona Extension Option would allow you to remain on Iona with Nick until Tuesday morning, May 17th, 2022. This will gift you 3 additional full days on Iona for individual rest, reflection or further exploring. One evening there will be a group booked evening meal at one of the island's restaurants. And if there is need, we will restock the cottage(s) with supplies for breakfast and lunch. Tuesday morning, May 17th, Nick will return with the remaining group members to Oban via ferry/bus/ferry and accompany the group to the Oban train station where our time together will conclude and you will continue on your journey to Glasgow Queen Street Station then wend your own way back via bus or taxi to the airport or to your next destination. 

Price: $2500.00 per person (This includes a $700.00 non-refundable deposit)

*PLEASE NOTE: There are currently ONLY 2 SPACES AVAILABLE on this journey! 

Included:

  • B&B: Assigned shared accommodation the first night in Oban for all booked. *For those booked on "The Oban Extention Option" (May 14th - 15th) there will be a second night in an Oban B&B.
  • Assigned shared accommodation on Iona divided between three self-catering cottages: Saturday, May 7th - Saturday, May 14th. *For those booked on "The Iona Extention Option" (May 14th - 17th) the assigned shared acccommodation will be divided between two self-catering cottages. 
  • 2 restaurant group-booked evening meals (£40 pp per meal allowance): The first evening (May 6th) our group booked meal will be in a restaurant in Oban (for all booked). For those booked on "The Oban Return Option": A second group booked meal in restaurant in Oban (May 14th). For those booked on "The Iona Extension": A second group booked on Iona. *Other evening meals: We will 'break bread together" (group prepare, cook, and eatl together) on our first evening on Iona (May 7th) and on our last full group evening on Iona (May 13th) -  other than that the evening meals are your choice: You can book yourself into one of the island's hotel restaurants, cook for yorself or cook together with others in your cottage.
  • Guided group walks and talks to sites including: Kilmartin, Columba's Bay, the Iona Abbey and St. Oran's Chapel, and other hidden sites and special places on Iona. 
  • Boat trip to the Isle of Staffa.
  • Oban Distillery Tour (if choosing "The Oban Return Option"). 
  • Iona Abbey and museum admission for the week.
  • All ground and ferry transportation from designated meeting and drop off points.
  • Stocked cottages on Iona for (self-made)breakfasts and lunches.

*Prior to making your deposit or payment: Contact Denise to check on availability. Click here to read Walking Awake, LLC's Terms of Agreement & Cancelation Policy. Upon making your deposit or payment, you are acknowledging that you have read, fully understand, and agree upon Walking Awake, LLC's Terms of Agreement & Cancelation Policy. 

*For any further questions or to inquire about a payment plan, please contact Denise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Village of Iona as viewed from the ferryOur Second May 2022 Iona Pilgrimage: 

The Wild and Sacred Spaces of Iona, Friday, May 20th - Saturday, May 29th, 2022 

This Pilgrimage is geared towards those who are comfortable traveling on their own and wish to spend their time completely focused on the sacred Isle of Iona.

Details:

Friday, May 20th: Each individual booked on this journey will weave their own way to the Oban Ferry Terminal by a TBA pre-designated time where either Denise or Nick of Walking Awake will greet the group and we will board the ferry together setting off to Craignure. This beautiful 45 minute sail with stunning views is a great time to capture amazing photos! Upon arriving in Craignure, as a group we will board a public bus and make our way across the majestic Isle of Mull to Fionnphort where we will catch our final 15 minute ferry over the turquoise blue Sound of Iona to the Isle of Iona. Once on Iona, our group will be divided between two charming self-catering cottages which will be stocked with all you need for breakfast and lunch throughout your stay. Your home-away-from-home while on Iona will be steps away from the Sound of Iona and within walking distance of the village, Iona Nunnery and Abbey, restaurants and shops.

After a brief introduction to the island, we will gather to 'break bread together' as we prepare, cook, and eat together as a group in one of our cozy cottages. Afterwards, we will gather for an welcoming and informative group circle. 08Fingals Cave on Staffa

In regards to evening meals for the rest of the week: we will gather together for another group prepared/cooked meal on our final evening (Friday, May 28th) other than that, evening meals throughout the week are your choice: You can book yourself into one of the island's hotel restaurants, cook for yourself, or arrange to cook with those in your cottage (there is a small store on Iona for any additional supplies needed). 

Throughout our week on Iona, Nick and Denise will offer guided walks and tours to Iona's Wild and Sacred sites and hidden places, you will have the opportunity to embark on a boat trip to the Isle of Staffa where you can get a close up of Fingal's Cave (and maybe even puffins!), there will offerings of informational group sessions on the history, myth, legends of Iona, and on subjects such as; the Iona Community and the present-day community of Iona, Celtic Spirituality and Nature, and much more. A more detailed itinerary will be given nearer our journey. All will be blended beautifully with Walking Awake's eclectic mix of poetry, song, ceremony, story and simply "walking awake" in all we do! If desired, there will also be time to attend services at the Iona Abbey, and to partake in the other religious offerings on the island. And of course, there will be plenty of un-programmed time while on Iona for individual quiet. reflection, and exploration. 

Saturday, May 29th: We will depart Iona early morning as a group with Nick and Denise leading the way via return ferries and bus back to Oban where we will say our final goodbyes and *you can either choose to further explore Scotland on your own or make your way back to the airport to fly home. 

Price: $1800.00 (This includes a $700.00 non-refundable deposit)16427471 10207865522223985 6498476915039447593 n

*There are currenly 7 spaces available on this journey. 

Included:

  • Assigned shared accommodation divided between two self-catering cottages on Iona.
  • Guided group walks and talks to sites including: Columba's Bay, the Iona Abbey, Iona Nunnery and St Oran's Chapel, and more.
  • Boat trip to the Isle of Staffa (home of Fingal's Cave and where (if we are lucky! ) we may see puffins!
  • Iona Abbey and museum admission for the week, return ferry and bus transportation from designated meeting/drop off points, stocked cottages on Iona for breakfasts and lunches throughout the week.
  • Evening meals will be a mix of sharing in the preparing/cooking of group evening meals, individual opportunity to book into the island's two restaurants or making meals on your own.

*Prior to making deposit or payment:

  • This is a small group oriented pilgrimage therefor space is limited. Please check with Denise regarding availability.
  • Click here to read Walking Awake LLC's Terms of Agreement and Cancelation Policy. Upon making your deposit or payment you are acknowledging that you have read, fully understand, and agree upon Walking Awake LLC's Terms of Agreement & Cancelation Policy. 

* Denise and Nick will be more than happy to offer suggestions as you discern and plan for your individual journey to and from, as well as within Scotland. 

To hold your space on a 2022 May Walking Awake Pilgrimage to Iona:

After reading, fully understanding, and agreeing upon Walking Awake, LLC's Terms of Agreement and Cancelation Policy and upon checking with Denise in regards to availability: Please go to our home page to make your deposit or payment via our PayPal link.