Join us as we discover the Christian history of Ireland and how the heroic actions of St. Patrick and his successors brought a new light, a new understanding, and a new faith to this beautiful land. During this more affordable 9-day Study Tour, Drs. Burk Parsons and Steven Lawson will explore the rich history of God’s work in Ireland.

Itinerary

SEPTEMBER 26 – DAY 1

Belfast


Arrive at Belfast International Airport, where you are met by a Sovereign representative and transferred to your hotel in Belfast. Spend the remainder of the day settling into your hotel and enjoying the beautiful surroundings before attending our dinner and lecture with Ligonier Teaching Fellows.

HOTEL: Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Dinner

SEPTEMBER 27 – DAY 2

County Louth


After enjoying a full breakfast, we depart for an adventurous day to explore the history and legends of St. Patrick and his successors. You will visit Patrick’s Island hospital where he used his skills as an ambulatory physician, learned while he was a slave for Rome, to heal the people of Ireland and bring a new light, a new understanding, and a new faith to the land.

You will then learn of the great Colm Cille, later known as Saint Columba, who in the 5th century A.D. visited the monastery at Dromyn, near Ardee, County Louth, where Finnian was an abbot. He asked to borrow a book and it was given to him. He would stay behind to copy the book after mass, without Finnian’s knowledge. Finnian demanded the illuminated manuscript and copy back, and hence, the first copyright case in recorded history began. In the end, over 3,000 men were slain over the copied manuscript, Colm Cille was exiled to Scotland where he converted the Pict tribes and introduced Christianity to Britain. The “copy” of the manuscript from Colm Cille was used in every major battle between Ireland and Britain until the 18th Century.

HOTEL: Three Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

SEPTEMBER 28 – DAY 3

Galway


After enjoying a traditional Irish Breakfast, we will depart for Galway via Sligo and Ben Bulben. It was at the foot of Ben Bulben that nearly three thousand men were slain at the Battle of Cul Dreimhne when Colm Cille and Finnian could not resolve their differences over the Cathac of St. Columba. We will arrive in Galway and give allowance for our guests to explore the famous Whiskey Street, traditional Irish music venues and other eateries in this eclectic city.

HOTEL: Three Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast

SEPTEMBER 29 – DAY 4

Killarney


Set out today with our drivers to explore Galway and the magnificent cliffs of Moher. You will pass through the beautiful countryside around Limerick as we arrive this afternoon in beautiful Killarney. After a dinner and lecture, you have an opportunity to enjoy the genuine Irish music and pub culture in downtown Killarney.

HOTEL: Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

SEPTEMBER 30 – DAY 5

Ring of Kerry


The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula) is one of the most scenic and best loved coastal drives in Europe and has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Your driver-guide follows the ragged shoreline, passing beautiful mountain and moorland scenery. An ideal area for outdoor activities and freshwater fishing, the Ring of Kerry offers insight into Ireland’s ancient heritage, with its Iron Age forts, ogham stones and old monasteries. Pass Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O’Connell, the “Great Liberator” of Ireland. Muckross House, with gardens and traditional farms, rests on the shores of the Lake of Killarney in the shadow of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland. You will enjoy a relaxed jaunting cart ride through the gardens at Muckross. Our guests may have a “night on your own” in beautiful Killarney.

HOTEL: Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast

OCTOBER 1 – DAY 6

Waterford


After an early breakfast, we will set out to travel the south of the Emerald Isle as we head towards Waterford. We will drop by the famous Blarney Castle where you will have the opportunity to inherit the “gift of gab” by kissing the iconic stone. We will then drive up through the Wicklow Mountains and discover the charm and beauty of this area.

HOTEL: Three Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

OCTOBER 2 – DAY 7

Dublin


After a traditional breakfast and lecture in Dublin, we will explore the greatest collection of ancient manuscripts and artwork in Europe at the Chester Beatty Museum. Discover the most important document in modern western civilization, the magnificent Book of Kells at Trinity College Library. Our guests may have a “night on your own” in Dublin.

HOTEL: Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast

OCTOBER 3 – DAY 8

Armagh


We depart for Armagh and take time to appreciate the beauty of Northern Ireland along the winding way. Upon arrival in Armagh, we will journey to St. Patrick’s country. Our journey would not be complete without exploring Downpatrick and Armagh. We will take the ferry from the fishing village of Portaferry over to Strangford. Discover the quaint and peaceful Saul Church (the first ecclesiastical site in Ireland), where Saint Patrick began his crusade to convert the Irish. Three miles from Saul is the magnificent Down Cathedral, where Saint Patrick is buried. Other sites of interest include: The Ruins of St. Tassach’s church (near Raholp), where Saint Patrick was given the last rites, or the holy wells at Struell (Ireland’s first), where Patrick is said to have sung psalms.

HOTEL: Four Star Accommodations

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

OCTOBER 4 – DAY 9

Belfast


After a full breakfast, a Sovereign representative will assist with your transfers to Belfast International Airport.

MEALS: Breakfast

 

Please Note: Schedule of tour events is subject to modification without notice.

To fully participate in this tour, you must be able to walk long distances, have good balance capabilities and be able to walk on uneven terrain. There will also be some climbing involved as well as long periods of standing. Due to the historical nature of some of our destinations, not all facilities will be ADA compliant.

Parents are welcomed to register children above 8 years of age with at least one accompanying adult. We apologize that children under the age of 8 years of age cannot participate in the tour.

Speakers

Burk Parsons

Dr. Burk Parsons is copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chief publishing officer for Ligonier Ministries, editor of Tabletalk magazine, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and director of the Church Planting Fellowship. He is author of Why Do We Have Creeds?, editor of Assured by God and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, and cotranslator and coeditor of A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin. He is on Twitter @BurkParsons.

Steven Lawson

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is founder and president of OnePassion Ministries. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, director of the doctor of ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, and host of the Institute for Expository Preaching. He has written more than two dozen books, including The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield, and John Knox: Fearless Faith. He is on Twitter @DrStevenJLawson.

Pricing & Travel Information

September 26 – October 4, 2018
  • Early Bird Price (Expires 09/01/2017) Standard Price
  • Double Occupancy Early Bird Price: $2,995.00 Price: $3,407.00
  • Single Occupancy Early Bird Price: $3,977.00 Price: $4,387.00

About Ligonier Tours

One of the best ways you can learn about a person or even an event is being there—to be on site. We can certainly learn from reading and studying. We can even create the scene in our mind’s eye. But nothing brings a person or an event to life like being there. Ligonier Tours takes you to the places where significant events occurred, events that have shaped history. You can literally walk in the footsteps of our heroes of the past, of Luther, of Calvin, of Jonathan Edwards. You will meet these figures in ways you have never met them before.

Ligonier’s teaching fellows and other ministry leaders serve as your guides as you explore these important sites. On these tours, you’ll have time with these trusted teachers over a meal or at the sites along the journey. You will also have rich times of fellowship with your fellow travelers, meeting kindred spirits and making friendships.

Ligonier Tours brings the past to life, they serve to encourage us as disciples in our own day, and they offer us reminders that we are not alone, but that we are on our pilgrim journey together.