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Celtic Cornwall

24-28 September 2021 

We invite you to join us for a special short break in Cornwall to discover more about the Cornish Celtic Saints.

Fr Jeff Risbridger will be leading our pilgrimage in the south west to visit some of the locations connected to the Christian history of our shores. Our itinerary will include visits to Truro Cathedral, St Piran’s Oratory, and the highlight of the trip - Saint Michael’s Mount.

We’ll travel around by coach and take some short but manageable walks. We’ll worship together at some of these wonderful locations and in Fr Jeff's own Parish of St Hilary en route to Saint Michael’s Mount.

Our base for the four nights will be the Kilbirnie Hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way we will include spiritual engagement with reflections on the Celtic Saints.

No long walks are required to enjoy this experience as the coach will never be far away.  The short walks we have included do require a reasonable level of mobility.



  1. Tolcarne Beach

    Travel to Newquay, Cornwall

    We travel independently to Newquay and check in from 15:00 at The Kilbirnie Hotel where we stay for four nights. Dinner is served at 19:00.

  2. St. Piran’s Oratory & Perranporth

    Today we enjoy an introduction to the Patron Saint of Cornwall as we drive to St. Piran‘s Oratory. We will take a short walk on a gentle section of the Cornish Celtic Way. There is free time for lunch at Perranporth where we can also enjoy the beach. In the afternoon we will explore Perranporth town and return to the hotel for dinner.

  3. St. Michael’s Mount

    Our day begins with a drive to St Hilary Parish Church where we will join the Sung Eucharist at 9:30. We will then enjoy coffee and a tour of the church and the story of St Hilary's with its historic links to St Michael’s Mount. It has a rich and celebrated history from pre-historic times to the present day. The Church has unique links with West Cornwall’s literary and artistic heritage particularly the Newlyn Artists.

    After a stop where we will make our own arrangements for lunch, we pass Marazion Beach from where we can enjoy the view of St. Michael‘s Mount.  Our plan is to cross the causeway and visit the chapel and the castle on St. Michael‘s Mount. Dinner at the hotel.

  4. The Fal and Truro

    We drive to Falmouth for boat trip to Truro passing the castles of Pendennis and St Mawes and Trelissick Gardens. Our coach then takes us into Truro centre where there is time to have lunch.

    In the afternoon we visit the Cathedral for a guided tour. Why not visit the shop and take a Cornish cream tea? Our time at Truro Cathedral ends with Evensong. Return to the hotel for dinner.

  5. Homeward bound

    After breakfast, check out time is 10:00am then we travel home independently.

    Days and times are subject to change depending on weather and tides. Our tour leader will keep us informed.

    Access to St. Michael’s Mount is subject to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of visiting.

Essential Information


The cost of this holiday includes pretty much everything, except your travel to Newquay.

£995 per person in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom.


You will stay for four nights in a double or twin room at the Kilbirnie Hotel, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Four breakfasts and four dinners are included, as are all entrance fees and gratuities,  which the tour leader will disburse to those who help us on our journey.  We will have our own coach for touring throughout.

Travelling Alone

We have a limited number of single rooms. A single room is £1280. A double room for sole use is £1370.

Kilbirnie Hotel

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Kilbirnie Hotel’s features include a heated indoor swimming pool, an outdoor splash pool, sauna, fully equipped fitness suite and a secluded sun terrace where you can relax in the sunshine with a nice cold drink from our well stocked bar.

All bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom, Freeview TV as well as tea and coffee making facilities. We use fresh local produce and locally caught seafood as much as possible to help create traditional British cuisine, which is served in the on-site restaurant, also overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The quieter Lusty Glaze Beach and Porth Beach are a few minutes walk from the hotel walking east. The coastal path towards Watergate Bay is also easily accessible.

Any Special Requests for instance, special diets, should be mentioned at the time of booking.


No long walks are required to enjoy this experience as the coach will never be far away.  The short walks we have included do require a reasonable level of mobility.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you buy UK Short Break Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 related claims. You can purchase cover at the Post Office or from Global Travel Insurance by calling 01903 235042.


Full payment is due at the time of booking. Final details will be confirmed in your travel wallet two weeks before travel.

Financial Security

All monies paid are fully protected through McCabe’s membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. McCabe is also a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators and abide by the Association’s code of conduct.

Practical information

Travel Information

Please make your own way to Newquay by car, train or coach. You can also fly to Newquay. We suggest that you plan your travel to arrive in Newquay between 15:00 and 16:00. Check in begins at 15:00 and dinner is served at 19:00.

By Car
If you are driving, there is parking at The Kilbirnie Hotel for £5 per night.  Access from the A30 is straightforward and the postcode is TR7 2RS.

By Train
Newquay station is a 10 minute walk or a short taxi ride from The Kilbirnie Hotel.  You will need to change at Par for trains to Newquay.

By Coach
National Express coaches serve Newquay and the coach stop at the Bus Station is a 5 minute taxi ride from The Kilbirnie Hotel.

By Air
From Newquay Airport to The Kilbirnie Hotel it is a 20 minute journey by taxi. However, direct flights may not be available on the dates of this tour.

If you prefer to pre book your taxi we suggest you contact or call 01637 877777.


Cornish Saints

St. Austell, St. Ives, St. Minver, Perranporth … in Cornwall, saints are everywhere! Towns and villages are named after churches founded by them or dedicated to their memory.

Saint Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and he travelled through Wales, Cornwall and Brittany, spreading the Christian faith and starting churches. It is thought that he arrived in Cornwall at Perranporth (Perran’s Port), where he founded his first church and monastery in the sand hills at Perranzabuloe (Perran in the Sands).

His shrine at Perranzabuloe was a popular place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. Saint Piran’s bones, bishop’s crosier (staff) and copper bell were preserved there. St. Piran became the patron saint of tinners and miners, and his feast day on 5th March was celebrated in Cornwall by receiving a day off from work and a bonus of money.

The Cornish flag is known as Saint Piran’s Cross – a white cross over a black background,   symbolising the Christian faith shining over lies, good over evil.

Although St. Piran is generally recognised as the Patron Saint of Cornwall, Saint Michael and Saint Petroc also have some claim to this title.


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