The Scotland Tour celebrating the quincentenary of the birth of John Knox (1514-2014) will be an unforgettable experience! Contact Douglas and Cheryl Bond today to register for the tour. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-381-1961. Space is limited.
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Spend eleven unforgettable days in 2014 (June 24-July 4) touring many sites related to the life and times of JOHN KNOX. Additionally, you will explore castles, battlefields, hideouts, churches, moorlands, and graves of Scottish Covenanters, and Hadrian's Wall and other sites related to Hostage Lands and Hand of Vengeance. Author of more than twenty books and veteran teacher, Douglas Bond has guided hundreds of students and their parents to important historical sites.
On the JOHN KNOX AT 500 TOUR you will visit memorable sites featured in my books THE MIGHTY WEAKNESS OF JOHN KNOX (RT 2011) and THE THUNDER, a novel on John Knox (P&R 2012), as well as Duncan's War, King's Arrow, Rebel's Keep, and Guns of the Lion. And you will see fascinating sites at Hadrian's Wall from Hostage Lands and 8th century Anglo-Saxon tale, Hand of Vengeance. You will tramp high on the moors where Reformers and Covenanters risked their lives to worship King Jesus. You will make your way into the glens and caves where they worshiped and hid from the king's dragoons, and you will plant your feet where many of them took their last stand, upholding the Crown Rights of the Redeemer in his Kirk.
Rutherford was one of the foremost Scottish Covenanters of the 17th century, Westminster divine and principle architect of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, author of many books, including political classic, Lex Rex, and his incomparable Letters to his parishioners when in exile; he was Rector of St. Mary's College, St. Andrews University where he died in 1661, and was buried in the churchyard of the cathedral, his simple tombstone flanked today by elaborate shrines to famous golfers. He was much loved by his flock for preaching sermons in which he showed them "the loveliness of Christ." We will be visiting his parish in Anwoth and his grave in St. Andrews, where we may sing Ann Cousin's hymn, The Sands of Time are Sinking, based on figurative images drawn in Rutherford's letters.
When is the tour? 10 nights, 11 days, June 28-July 8, 2011
Where does the tour begin and end? Glasgow, Scotland
Who is invited to come? Anyone interested in learning more about Scottish Covenanters, John Knox, Hadrian's Wall, and more
Is the tour open to young people? YES! Church and school groups, homeschool families, individuals. Enrichment for student learning.
Where will we be staying at night? Hotels--family oriented, including an 18th-century Northumbrian farm B&B
How much will it cost? Ground cost (airfare excluded): $2,500 per individual. Similar tours are often $3,500 per person
Is there a family rate? Yes. Children rooming with parents will be given tour discount
How do I secure a place on the tour? Start by becoming a member of this site. Read over the tour contract, print out, sign, and send in your registration deposit. Email for more information email@example.com
The Royal Mile
St. Giles, High Kirk
John Knox's Home
Rullion Green Battlefield
Loudoun Parish Kirkyard