Iona Pilgrimage: The Wild and Sacred Spaces of Iona

Iona Pilgrimage: The Wild and Sacred Spaces of Iona

Denise Crawn, Nick Prance, and Justine Johnson
  • Location: Iona, Scotland
  • Starts: September 4, 2020 9:00 am
  • Ends: September 12, 2020 12:00 pm
  • $2300.00 per guest

Details & Online Registration

Program information

You are invited to become one of a small group of pilgrims to embark on a soul-enriching journey to the Isle of Iona, Scotland September 4th – 12th, 2020. Register on Walking Awake LLC’s website by clicking here.

Our week together on Iona will offer a balance of structured group gatherings, opportunity to participate in guided walks to many of the island’s wild spaces and sacred sites, an informative tour of the Iona Abbey, Nunnery and Oran Chapel, a boat trip to the majestic Isle of Staffa featuring Fingal’s
Cave, opportunity to attend some of the island’s various religious services, and individual time to ‘just be’.

Our group sessions will include information and discussions on Celtic Spirituality (then and today), our connection to (and with) Nature, the Iona Community and the everyday community of Iona, exploring the many connections between Iona and Kirkridge Retreat Center, as well as delving into
the historical and mystical stories of the Isle including tales of Columba, Oran and Brighid. ! ! This Walking Awake adventure will begin at the Glasgow Queen St. train station where Nick and Denise will guide the group via public transportation (train, ferries and bus) to the Isle of Iona. Our 9
day/8 night pilgrimage will commence with a three hour train ride said to be one of the most scenic in the world. Be sure to keep your eyes open and camera ready for possible sightings of wildlife and breathtaking views as we weave our way alongside the beautiful lochs and mountains to Oban,
Scotland’s Sea Food Capital. Upon arriving in Oban we will settle into our overnight accommodation located on the Esplanade with plenty of time for individual sight seeing, shopping or rest. Later we will gather for our Welcome Dinner (included) at an atmospheric (and delicious!) restaurant.
After breakfast the next morning (included) we will board the ferry to Craginure. This beautiful 45 minute sail with stunning views will provide additional opportunities for great photos! After arriving in Craignure we will board a bus and make our way across the Isle of Mull to Fionnphort where where
we will catch our final 15 minute ferry across the turquoise blue Sound of Iona to the Isle of Iona and begin our 7 night stay. Once on Iona, our base will be two charming self-catering cottages located right next door to each other (bring your suits…one has a hot tub!). Each cottage will be stocked with all the group will need for breakfasts and packed lunches and a few home cooked meals throughout the week. Your “home away from home” for the next 7 nights is literally steps away from the Sound of Iona and within walking distance of the village, Iona Nunnery and Abbey, restaurants and shops. On our final evening on Iona we will gather at one of island hotels’ gourmet restaurants for our closing dinner (included).

As in all Walking Awake events, this pilgrimage will include a mix of traditions old and new; story, song, poetry, ceremonies, and “Walking Awake” in and with Nature blended beautifully with our group sessions and the historical and mythical energies of Iona.
$2000.00 per person if paid in full and registered before October 1st, 2019 (includes $500.00 non-refundable deposit). $2100.00 if paid via payment plan and reserved by September 1st, 2019. (Payment plan: 2nd payment of $500.00 due 11/1/19, 3rd payment of $500.00 due 2/1/20, 4th payment of $500.00 due 3/1/20, and final payment of $100.00 due 5/1/20).
After September 1st, 2019, the Early Bird Special ends and the price increases to $2300. per person. All payments must be made in full by June 1st, 2020. *See Walking Awake, LLC’s website for pilgrimage terms of agreement and cancellation policy.
There are a limited amount of spaces available for this pilgrimage. You may hold your space by paying in full or placing your $500.00 non-refundable deposit via the PayPal link on Walking
Awake’s website ( *See Walking Awake, LLC’s website for pilgrimage terms of agreement and cancellation policy.

Price includes: Return transport from Queen St. Station, Glasgow to Iona (trains, ferries, buses), shared overnight stay in Oban, shared self-catering accommodation in cottage on Iona, week-long admission fee to the Iona Abbey and Museum, boat trip to Staffa where you can search for puffins
or explore Fingal’s Cave, a stock of basic breakfast and packed lunch items at our cottage on Iona, two group booked evening meals; one on our first evening in Oban and one on our last evening on Iona (meal allowance is £40 per person), and guide fees.
Price does not include air travel and other meals/items/options not listed above.
Guided walks and tours are optional and may include all or most of the following: The Iona Abbey, Nunnery and Oran’s Chapel, Columba’s Bay and Iona’s Labyrinth, the Hermit’s Cell, Dun-I and Brighid’s Well (aka: The Well of Eternal Youth), the North Shore, the Marble Quarry, St. Martin’s Cave (a magical place only accessible during low tide). An itinerary for the journey will be given prior to the pilgrimage. A list featuring degree of difficulty for each walk will be included with itinerary (walks range from easy/moderate to challenging). There will also be plenty of un-programmed time for quiet reflection and individual exploration.
Note: If you wish to arrive in Scotland prior to our pilgrimage or stay afterwards, Walking Awake can provide you with some possible options. Contact Denise Crawn with any questions at