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Great Britain

Welcome to our collection of pilgrimages to Great Britain. Within our own shores there is a renewed interest in either going on a pilgrimage or visiting a holy shrine as an opportunity to experience the slower pace of life in the past – and to feel a closeness to nature as well as the landscapes and stunning architecture that is in rich abundance in Great Britain.

Iona is one of the oldest centres of Christian pilgrimage and of a monastic community in Britain. The 12th century abbey church stands where Columba’s monastery once stood. Known as St Mary’s cathedral, it is of the Romanesque style. Today the abbey is the home of the Iona Community, an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from all different Christian traditions founded in 1938.

To explore the Northern Saints, Durham is a wonderful base to explore where in 635 St Aidan came from Iona and founded a monastery on the island of Lindisfarne. This became the base for Christian evangelism in the north of England. St Cuthbert later became the abbot and his deeds were recorded by the Venerable Bede. Cuthbert died on Lindisfarne and his shrine soon became the focus for pilgrims.

Retreat to Iona

A spiritual retreat staying on Iona amidst wonderful scenery and wildlife. Time can be spent exploring Iona with the option to join in with the Iona Community and attend daily services in Iona Abbey.

Prices from £1,369 pp

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St Patrick's Way Pilgrimage

Explore the life and legacy of St Patrick staying in the welcoming and peaceful Tobar Mhuire Monastic foundation with the opportunity to join in prayerful meditation with the monks who live there

Prices from £1,799 pp

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Island Hopping on The Isles of Scilly

A seven day pilgrimage to the Isles of Scilly staying on the Island of St Mary's. We enjoy visits to Tresco, St Martin's, St Agnes and Gugh. Image: St Mary's ariel with Tresco and St Martin's beyond, Rob Lea, Credited to Visit Isles of Scilly

Prices from £1,999 pp

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Summer Pilgrimage to Iona

Join us on our pilgrimage to Iona staying at the St Columba Hotel and immerse yourself in this stunningly beautiful location. Image: Credit: Visit Scotland/Paul Tomkins

Prices from £2,099 pp

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Retreat to Iona with Henriette Howarth

A spiritual retreat staying on Iona amidst wonderful scenery and wildlife. Time can be spent exploring Iona with the option to join in with the Iona Community and attend daily services in Iona Abbey. Image: Credit: Visit Scotland/Paul Tomkins

Prices from £1,649 pp

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Retreat to Iona with Amy Boucher Pye

A spiritual retreat staying on Iona amidst wonderful scenery and wildlife. Time can be spent exploring Iona with the option to join in with the Iona Community and attend daily services in Iona Abbey.

Prices from £1,649 pp

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McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is the charitable wing of McCabe Pilgrimages, functions independently with its own board of Directors and is a registered charity.

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Organising a Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is our speciality and in 2023 we celebrate our 40th year in business – so we must be doing something right! We work with all denominations and are happy to tailor every pilgrimage to the needs of each particular church. For instance, some parties would plan one or two Eucharists during their pilgrimage but others will choose a daily celebration. In the Holy Land, your focus may be the Galilean ministry or a re-creation of Holy Week in Jerusalem. You tell us what your particular interest is and we will recommend an itinerary

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