A Celtic Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne and beyond.


God's Path

Steppingstones on the Celtic Way Mark Condy’s Thoughts for further insight for those who are interested.



Begin a jornal

Possibly use my book as a spiritual reflection tool

Journey of coloring


or the booklet/workbook I’m presently writing.Front Cover

For some reading options here is a link of suggestions: PDF: Book Recommendation

Pilgrimage Calander Final

*The Condy Family stay to visit family and go to Portugal to visit Lucia, Grace, and Darren his brother who has moved there.



The Agenda is all subject to change dependent on the needs of the group and to consider the pace that we need to take.

“For a successful pilgrimage experience, the outer journey must never be so filled with activity that the inner journey is crowded out.” pg 6 Soulfaring.

“Thus the focus of a pilgrimage is the interior growth resulting from an exterior journey.” pg 9 Soulfaring.

“So it is a search for self and a search for God or the divine. A generous time needs to be allowed at each holy place, this may mean that the pilgrimage visits fewer holy sites, it also means pilgrims will be able to savor the particular spiritual qualities or numen of each place. Such use of time will greatly enhance the overall pilgrimage.”  Pg 6 Soulfaring Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now, by Cintra Pemberton, O.S.H.


Arive in Edinburgh

Arive edin

Scotland MapQuest

A suggestion was given off a Taxi service, this may be a cheaper option for our transportation needs when we are visiting.

Take the train to Waverly Station, bus,  or taxi from the airport.




Following is the itinerary is firmed up to include:

Royal Mile

Edinburgh Accommodation

Royal Mile Accomadation

  • 3 nights in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile to experience its surrounds and be immersed in the culture and get over jet lag

The accommodation has been booked at Edinburgh Castle Hideaway, Lawnmarket, Air BnB on Royal Mile for the nights of June 26, 27, and 28, 2019. It is wonderfully located has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.


The following are some of the possibilities for the group to decide upon seeing when we are in Edinburgh

The first section was compiled by Mary Ann Crist

SCOTLAND June 25 – July 5

  • Fly to Edinburgh  arrive 26th Edinburgh
  • 27 Edinburgh
  • 28 Edinburgh
  • 29 Jedburgh
  • 30 Jedburgh
  • Holy Island
  • Holy Island
  • St. Andrews
  • Edinburgh
  • Airport Fly to Dayton

The Pilgrimage Group some have different flying arrangements

  • Tuesday, June 25, Flight: Air Canada 1904, Toronto =>Edinburgh 6:55pm – Edinburgh 6:35am
  • Wednesday, June 26 (Edinburgh) @

Edinburgh Castle Hideaway (Check-in 4pm. Msg host for early check-in)

Lawnmarket, Royal Mile

505 Lawnmarket EH1 2PE

44 7989 406455 (Host: Kelly)

Thursday, June 27 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway

Friday, June 28 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway

Saturday, June 29 (Jedburgh)

Pick up the rental car by 10am (Hertz – 10 Picardy Place 44 0843 309 3026)

  • Drive to Jedburgh

Allerton House (Check in at 4pm)

Oxnam Road TD8 6QQ

44 1835 869633

Sunday, June 30 (Jedburgh) Allerton House

  • Monday, July 1 (Holy Island) Drive to Holy Island (Can only cross at low tide—Check tide chart)

The Open Gate (Notify them of arrival time)

Holy Island

Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15

01289 389222

Tuesday, July 2 (Holy Island) The Open Gate

Wednesday, July 3 (St. Andrews)

Drive to St. Andrews

The Albany St Andrews (Check in at 2pm)

56 North Street KY16 9AH

44 1334 477737

Drive to Edinburgh

Thursday, July 4 (Edinburgh Airport)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport (Check in 3pm)

Almond Avenue, Ingleston, Newbridge EH12 9DN

Friday, July 5  (Fly)

Drop off the rental car by Friday at 9am

Recommended sights in Edinburgh

  • Royal Mile: Historic city road lined with museums, pubs, and shops.
  • Edinburgh Castle: Hilltop fort and royal residence complete with crown jewels and history. $23
  • National Museum of Scotland: Artifacts from prehistoric times to 20th century.
  • Gladstones Land: Seventeenth-century merchant’s residence. $10
  • St. Giles Cathedral: Preaching home of John Knox with Neo-Gothic chapel/spectacular organ.
  • Scottish Parliament Building: Striking headquarters for parliament since 1999.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse: Queen’s splendid home with lavish rooms, 12th-century abbey. $15
  • Scottish National Gallery: European Masters and Scotland’s finest artists.
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Beautifully displayed Who’s Who of Scottish history.
  • Georgian House: Intimate peek at upper-crust life in the late 1700’s. $10
  • Royal Yacht Britannia: Ship for the Royal family with a history of famous passengers. $20
  • Scotch whiskey Experience: Gimmicky but fun and educational. $18-$32
  • The Real Mary King’s Close: Underground street and houses last occupied in 1600’s. $20
  • Museum of Childhood: Five stories of historic fun.
  • People’s Story Museum: Everyday life from the 18th to 20th century.
  • Museum of Scotland: Historic mementos.
  • Rosslyn Chapel: Small 15th century church full of carvings. $12

Transportation and tour options

  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours of City: $18-$28
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket: 2 days of unlimited bus travel, admission to Castle, Britannia and Holyroodhouse $65  (www.royaledinburghticket.co.uk)
  • Day Trips from Edinburgh: Highlands Tours: 8am – 8:30pm: $65
  • Stirling: One-hour train trip from Edinburgh. Castle $20. Stirling Bagpipes: Shop that makes and refurbishes bagpipes.

Things to do in Edinburgh continuation by Mark

Free to explore as the individual or as the group feels led and desire?




An App that looks interesting to possibly use


Description of App

The city center of Edinburgh, Scotland is a bustling place, bursting with energy and activity. It is good to be able to join in, but the walk set out in this App offers an opportunity to explore the heart of Scotland’s capital in a more contemplative manner. It gives you the chance to reflect on the people and places which have helped shape the life of this great city.
The walk contains 15 points of interest and the App offers thoughtful reflections at each stage along with a progress indicator.
The Tour is available in English and Scottish Gaelic.

St Giles

Scottish cathedralshttp://www.stgilescathedral.org.uk/visit/learn-gaelic/


St Marys Cath the presence

St Mary Cath the presence explenation

Edinburgh castlehttps://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/visit

St Margarets Chapel


Rosslyn Chapel

scotland alba


Leaving the Edinburgh area and entering into the Borders.

scottish borders


Ruberslaw 2

St Cuthberts church


This reminds me of my first church in my home town in Hawick. This began the fascination with St Cuthbert. It look to have the same blueprint as the church I attended.

Following is the church I attended: St Cuthbert Hawick

Hawick Church


Conversant traveler



Map Edi to Jed

  • 2 days in the Borders area in southeast Scotland which includes several interesting sites in preparation for the retreat on Holy Island

Jedburgh accommodation

Allerton House collage

Allerton House in Jedburgh for the nights of June 29 and June 30 2019. It was through booking.com

You can view it at this link:

Here is their website: https://allertonhouse.co.uk/



Things to do in Jedburgh and beyond:

29th June 2019 Go to Scott’s View and Wallace Statue and have lunch at Milestone near St. Boswells. My parents meet us there for lunch, with Susan and the boys or join us as we see those sites mentioned.



30th Junes 2019. Choose out of the following options:


Visit Scott’s View and William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde.


Scott’s View

map scotts view

Google maps


Old Melrose


Old Melrose St. Cuthbert Chapel “The place where St Cuthbert started as a monk around 630AD.”



Old Melrose Interpretation Center: http://www.saintsandstones.net/saints-oldmelrose-2013b.htm

History of the site of old melrose

Old Melrose Interpretation Centre

Tea Room 

Ravenswood Estate, Old Melrose Off the A68 just south of the A6091 Ravenswood Roundabout, Melrose TD6 9DF Scotland

Saintly venue brings history alive at Old Melrose

Snip20170923_44Dryburgh Abby


Holy Island the wals


Trip Advisory

Pilgrims Way

If you want to achieve something that is on many people’s bucket list, and follow in the footsteps of people who have taken this route for centuries, you will not be disappointed. A couple of key points though…follow the route marked by poles from the first lay bye on the causeway from the mainland side. Allow at least 70 to 90 mins unless you are an experienced walker. Also best to walk in bare feet across the sands. It can be slippy in places so walking sticks would help (but we managed without, although only just avoiding a couple of falls!). Always be aware of the safe tide crossing (the tidal times can vary, and refer to the causeway, not the pilgrims way, which can be 45 mins less than the causeway times). However, using common sense you can cross safely and enjoy the experience. We walked back on the road to make it a little easier and quicker, and allowing for more time using the causeway. Enjoy!

St Cuthberts way banner



The thought presently is to walk a small section of the St. Cuthbert Way to allow us to have experienced the route Cuthbert could have possibly taken.   http://www.stcuthbertsway.info/?product=scw-short-walks

Holy Island tide table






St Cuthbert way short walks


map.St.Cuthberts way

Macs adventures

Macs adventures








Jedburgh to Holy Island

Map Jd to Holy Island

Lindisfarne Pic

Northumberland maphttp://www.walking-books.com/Photographer-sGuide-to-Northumberland.html

Things to see and do on Lindisfarne (Holy Island):


Other Location:

  • Bamburgh up the road from Holy Island
  • Bamburgh Castle

Open Gate on Holy Island for 2 nights, July 1 and 2. This has been booked:





Tjitske Bongers kindly gave me permission to use the above photographs that she took and some PDF’s

Holy Island Map Large

Holy Isalnd Map Information

Holy.Island.plattegrond.informatie (1)




Community Aidan and Hilda pichttps://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/retreats-menu.phphttps://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/open-gate.phphttps://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/

Map Holy Island


Info on Holy Island i

Info Holt Island ii

Information about Holy Island iiihttp://blog.thewellatwillen.org.uk/2014/04

Map Holy Island to St Andrew's

After our time on Holy Island onto St. Andrew’s

Albany Hotel

Albany Townhouse Hotel https://www.albanyhotelstandrews.co.uk/


Visit St Andrews Things to do



Hotel at the Airport befor departing to return to the United States

Additional Information for future Pilgrimages tools to aid the next step:

  • Passport has it been acquired?
  • Cell Phone, talk to your phone provider what options there are for travel abroad.
  • Money: Pre-paid debit card or order travelers check or currency.
  • VISA/Mastercard AAA has a card with no charges for exchange rate conversion.
  • Medical Insurance. (Contact your present provider and learn foreign coverage)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Car Rental options.
  • Gas for vehicle: remember this cost.
  • Ground travel: Train, Bus, Taxi (Look at Public transport options).
  • Packing lightly.








Kayak 2


Tourist Information



Air BnB



At beginning walk and before departing to return to the US, we walk the Labyrinth, this would bookend the journey with the conclusion of walking the Labyrinth. To compare our heart after the experience of the Pilgrimage.

Morning session Labyrinth

The first morning for our spiritual activity will be to go walk a Labyrinth. Each other morning session will be a reflective exercise or artistic activity. Each person on the group is asked to participate by contributing by leading a session for the group. They may abstain from doing so, it is a challenge by choice. The participation would, however, give to the whole from the varying backgrounds and perspective of the group. We would bookend the Pilgrimage, and conclude our time together with a Labyrinth if time permits, and if I can locate a different location Labyrinth. Labyrinth Meditation


By Tessa Morrison

Car Rental https://www.travelinescotland.com/





Mini coach

If the Pilgrimage was in August the Tattoo could be an option

Royal Military tatoohttps://www.edintattoo.co.uk/ 

Royal millirary tatoo ii

Military tatoo pic

Accommodation options in the Hawick







As a Pilgrimage group, we have chosen to stay in Jedburgh and not Hawick.

David Colehttp://www.waymarkministries.com/bookings.html Cost outlined by David Cole





Durham map












The Church Of God’s Dreams


What would be the church of God’s dreams?

Unity, love, yielded surrendered people like Jesus who said, I’m about my Fathers work. He only did what his father told him to do.  The church of God’s dream needs to have no oppression or exploitation, but having compassion, care, and a love for one another, a new LAW of Love, Acceptance, Welcome.

What would it be like to be in the sandals of the Celtic Monks? Would they even have a dream of the church of God’s desire? Yes, the book of Acts.

They established a church not as we know it, and what the Celtic Monks know as the church; it would be so different than our current day church. I’m finding it hard to visualize what it would have been like to be n their time in history. It is a gradual unfolding as the Holy Spirit lead, and these men and women yielded to hid guidance.

What can we learn by walking in their sandals, what would it be like?

It is hard for us to imagine all the hardship the Celtic saints had to go through to get to the desolate barren locations and then establish a community. We have the convenience of cars and public transport, food in stores we can purchase with ease. These men and women of God press on forward demonstrating the love they had for the poor, as they where one poor sinners, now rich in love, because of a God of love, who is love. This God loves them and desires that they enter a relationship and is as close as the very air they breathe, and is not a god that has to be appeased with offerings, and if this is not fulfilled stirs up wrath and misfortune into their lives.

God's Path

We tend to do things that are right in our own eyes, do the things we want to do, but when it comes to walking the ways of the Lord, we tend to drag our feet. We forget that the Lords ways are higher than our own. Do we deny ourself or make a personal sacrifice? To begin leave behind the familiar and comfortable for the greater cause of the Lord’s enter into the Lords plan. We can get so easily caught up in the cares of the world, the  everyday stuff, distracted, even led astray, when we don’t have the Lord in every aspect of our lives. The acts of our everyday actions becoming a prayer, a symbolic action such as dressing, visualizing that you are clothing yourself with Christ, or being covered by the shadow of the lords wing of protection. In the act of having a shower in the morning, make it a prayer to be clean, symbolically wash away the sin, and allow the Holy Spirit to wash over you and empower you for the day. To be aware of each act of your life can become a way of having the Lord present in every moment of your life.

Do we have tears of compassion and tears of remorse for the things we should be doing, for the things we have left undone?

Do we trust, and entrust ourselves into the hands of the Lord?

Thinking of the Celtic Monks, could we live with no wealth, give to the poor anything that is gifted to us. Hand over ownership of monetary gifts, as it is the Lords and not our own to do with as we please, but to do with as the Lord wills.

Being content with the simple daily provision, grateful with what they had as a community, and not asking for extra, for there was at times, not more to have.

To be faithful with what we have been given and do the things that the Lord has told us to do. Life can be a test of endurance. However, do we even enter into the extreme conditions the Celtic Monks went through, what they put themselves through as an act of devotion and service. Do we even have self-discipline, mastery over our bodies, minds, thoughts, deny ourselves anything, do we take up the cross of suffering? Do we feed soul and not just bell? Do we go to bed early, early to bed early to rise, so as to have quality time with the Lord? Are desirous of getting a word from the Lord? As a person cannot live by bread alone, but by every world that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

We are family, and to be in a community of faith, for in this community we are tested, and shaped, and this is the plumb-line we use to test our faith. In the way we handle with care, in the way we treat its weakest members, we will be asked one day how we have treated them. Jesus said, the poor you will always have with you.

The Beatitude, “Blessed are those who recognize their spiritual need. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” (Manga MessiahBible). We can be poor, if we don’t recognize our spiritual need, not just poor materially.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for all that is right. For they will be filled.” (Manga MessiahBible).

Is it possible to live such a life? With the temptations and the voices of the world, pressing to get our attention. How is this accomplished? Holy Spirit we need your help!

These thought are a work in progress for me also, we are all growing into our faith. May we not be fooled by being full of information, as we need to see the transformational work in people lives, and in our own lives.



Here are some of my beginning research, that is a work in process with regard to the changing face of the church. What is our place in it? Those who profess to be Celtic Christians. I don’t admit to being an expert if there are articles, books recommendations, please suggest and I will add to this work in progress.


Websites that looked interesting to me on this subject of Church, and following this Celtic influence and those who are the visionaries so far. I have not read them all, so not able to endorse them as everything I believe, however look like they would be informative.

“Get a dream from God that is so big that only God can take you there. Then ask the Lord to show you how to get there.”


The church is! People, we need to not forget this, it is not a church building and its programs, it is people who have a heart for God.

Matt 16:18 says, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

– The greek word ekklesia (church) refers to a meeting of people called out and summoned together.

– In the N.T. it designates primarily the congregation of God’s people in Christ, who come together as citizens of God’s Kingdom (Eph 2:19) for the purpose of worshipping God.

– The word church can refer to a local church (Matt 18:17; Acts 15:4) or the universal church (Matt 16:18; Acts 20:28)

– So therefore as individuals, we are the church, and when we come together we make one body or one unit.

– Like I mentioned before, there a local church which we are a part of, and the universal church, which is everyone who is saved that has died and gone on, and who is living around the world.

– God’s plan for the church is truly amazing. So what is the church:

– The church is presented as the people of God.

– The church is a people called out, also the church is the temple of God.

– The church is the body of Christ and the bride of Christ.

– The church is victorious over sin, death hell and the grave.

– The church is on it’s way to Heaven and the gates of hell can’t stop it.

– The church truly is a people with a future hope.


“We need to first discover God’s dream and vision for our church, and then build our dreams around His.”


“Are you serving Him first in everything you do?”


“Scripture says that the Creator of the universe knows you and longs to have a relationship with you. He has a dream for your life!”


“I dream, you dream, we all dream God Dreams. If you were ever excited about something that’s yet to be, then you are a visionary.”


celtic heart

How can the influence of the Celtic Monastic monks/saints help us in today’s church?









Northumbria Community





David Cole





Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
thou my best thought, by day or by night;
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.




George MacLeod











Is there a physical location of equivalence in the USA.

Like Iona, Lindisfarne, and the Northumbria Community?

I want to start discussion, does anyone in the community know of a sacred place and space that is a pilgrimage location here in US?

I asked this question 2016 this was the responses.


Adrift for God


Adrift for God or drifting away from God. Drifting toward love or away from love. It is like in a coracle at the mercy of the water, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

But it is the heart condition that leads our choices also. The cry of the heart, crying out here I am, send me, or a heart that is willing, open to having a desire to listen as we are quiet, making ourselves ready for obedience, like the boy Samuel after being still waiting with instruction to say. Speak Lord for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10.

The instruction for the open-heart condition, heart motivation, the heart is a symbol of love, the condition of the heart either result in a drifting toward or a drifting away from the Lord.

Are we trying to model our lives on the treasured instructions of Jesus, and the Saints of old, like St Brendan, and his companions who went on an adventure, not knowing where they were going, set out to sea, having no location in mind, many a time no land seen to give them hope of nearing a destination, they had to trust the Lord in their journey? The feast day to remember Brendan is May 16,

Jesus, what did the Celts think of Jesus? Jesus’ heart instruction was “if you love me, keep my commandments” A new commandment I give, is that you love one another as I have loved you. The root is love, out of love the obedience flows, no love, the heart drifts away from God who is love, and is Love, as God is Love.

Do we have difficulty obeying, drifting away, is it because our heart actions don’t stem from the motive of being done out of love?

Why did the Celtic Saints go? Sent by their bishop to evangelize, or share the message of the one who they love?

“Do you love one another as Christ loved you?
Do you forgive others so that you may be forgiven?
Do you tithe [give] and practice justice, mercy, and faith?
Are you known as a person of prayer?
Are you witnessing about Christ to the world in the power of His Spirit?
Are you displaying unity with other believers in your church, with other churches, and with Christians in other denominations?” pg 78 – 79. Fresh Encounters by Henry T. Blackaby.

These are questions we drift into or away from in our daily lives. It is a choice to listen and be willing to be available, to act or be passive. We can be inactive and go along with the crowd, or inactive, but in the flow of God’s love, trusting that God knows the way for us, and that is enough.

Are we adrift for God?

It is listening to and being aware of the movement of God, and also being aware that the pilgrimage is to Jesus, and is for Jesus.

The nudge or the stirring of the heart by the Holy Spirit is to evaluate if we are heading in the right direction, a constant realigning, with a yielding to God again, and again, seeking the next step to take on this journey called life.

Holy Spirit guide me back to an intimacy and excitement about the journey, the pilgrimage is toward Jesus and the heart of the Father.

Help me not go astray and be left to my own devices, as I will become miserable because of wrong choices, and begin to drift away rather than toward you.

This is a daily choice of connection and relationship, not legalism but love, as rules without relationship leads to rebellion.

Hear my prayer, let it be.

Here is St. Brendan’s Prayer; he ascends the mountain and discerns in his heart before the Lord, the choice he is deciding to take, to leave behind the familiar. Testing what he is feeling, is this the leading of the Lord. He is questioning, pondering, testing, is what he is thinking, and what he feels, is it the leading and stirrings of the Holy Spirit.


St Brendan's Prayer



My Celtic Journey

Peace Through Journaling


The benefit of journaling, time for God, time with self, time with God.

Do you feel that you have too much on your mind? Write it down on paper, there is no wrong way to journal, the only wrong thing is not to start. Begin to journal, pour it all out on paper.

Remember it’s not to be some literary masterpiece, it’s listening to your life, and listening to what God wants to say to you.

In the privacy of a given moment, make some time and take a step toward unraveling the truth of what is going on in your life, write down your feelings, ideas, struggles, fears, hopes, what is holding you back from reaching your full potential?

Enter into a process that id good for you, find the rhythm, every day, every month, just when you need too, journal, unburden yourself, make and take  that quiet moment.

Get a cheap notebook or a fancy journal and a good pen and enjoy the flow of just writing, as the pen meets the paper.

Invite God to speak to you, asking the question. What do you want to say to me today Lord?

You might have a pleasant surprise and God speak with a word so encouraging it blows you away, filling you with thankfulness and joy.

“I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5 NLT