Scotland and Wales LDS Church History Tours

LDS Tour to Scotland & Wales


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2 tour dates:
– May 10-23, 2017

– May 24-June 6, 2017

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could be offered an opportunity to wander around the towns of your Welsh and Scottish ancestors and visit the countries they came from?  Now you can!  Mormon Heritage Association is teaming up with Dr. Ronald D. Dennis to provide a customized Welsh and Scottish family history and LDS Church history tour offered no where else!   Ron is Professor Emeritus of Portuguese and Welsh at Brigham Young University, and author of twelve books and numerous papers/publications on Welsh Mormon History.  He has led many tours over the years to this amazing area and has compiled his incredible LDS Welsh research on his website http://welshmormon.byu.edu/Default.aspx   

This tour truly offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience which you will never forget as you walk in the land your forefathers walked WITH an EXPERT on the area!  Learn about 19th-Century British Mormon history and the challenges the early converts faced.   The lush, green countryside your forebears ironically called “Babylon” is remarkably beautiful–you can’t stop looking at it!  Visit the town with the longest name of any other in Wales – Llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and so much more!  See some important LDS History sites in England where missionary work began and through the port where many embarked upon ships as they answered the call to gather to Zion.  Among Ron’s previous tour groups to these areas, most participants were able to visit the actual home-towns/villages/hamlets where their ancestors lived.  You, too, can experience witnessing the work environment & living conditions of your ancestors thus receiving a greater appreciation of the kind of existence these hardy souls endured and also gain a better understanding of the appeal of emigrating to better climes.   

TOUR SUMMARY:  Fly to Edinburgh Scotland Airport where a deluxe charter bus takes you in comfort to key early Scottish, Welsh, & English sites – Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Alloway, Carlisle, Preston, Liverpool, Llandudno, edinburgh-castleLlanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Caernarfon, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Laughrne, Kidwelly, Llanelli, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Gadfield Elm Chapel, Benbow Hill Farm, Blaenavon and others.  Visit amazing castles & priceless museums, beautiful seashores, delightful musical entertainment & a game of bowling on an authentic bowling green–all while exploring ancestral sites and incredible LDS history.
3 days in Scotland, a couple of days in England, and 7 days touring extensively in Wales with THE expert on its LDS history!  Tour ends at London Heathrow for flights home – 
NON-stop to SLC!

Sampling of Amazing Historic Sites Visited:

Edinburgh

Capital of Scotland and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Enjoy Edinburgh Castle the birthplace of King James I of England (he was also King James VI of Scotland) who authorized what is now known as the King James Version of the Bible.  St. Margaret’s Chapel survived every military demolition and after 900 years it is still in use.  Walk the “Royal Mile” with stops at The Lady Stair Close, Gladstone’s Land, St. Giles, Parliament Square, 17th-century Tron Kirk, & House of John Knox.

stirling-castleStirling 

The Key to the Scottish Kingdom.  Stirling Castle dating from the end of the Middle Ages, towers above some of the most important battlefields in Scotland’s history during the Scottish struggle against domination by the English.  Mary Queen of Scots spent her childhood here and her coronation was held at this castle.   

Glasgow, Alloway, Ayrshire

Enjoy a delightful, locally guided tour of Glasgow then on to Alloway, Ayrshire the birthplace of famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns.  Visit his cottage and the informative visitor’s center as well as the famous church in Burns’ epic poem Tam O’Shanter–truly an adventurous poem!  Learn all about the “Brigadoon!” 

 

Preston and Preston Temple

Travel south from Scotland to Preston to hear amazing, early LDS history in Preston and where the first baptisms were performed in the peaceful River Ribble despite Satan’s attempt to prevent them.  See where Orson Hyde, Heber C. Kimball, and Willard Richards battled with the hosts of Satan.  See the flat where, many years later, young Elder Gordon B. Hinckley was overwhelmed on his mission.  Lovely visit to the beautifully-manicured Preston Temple grounds adjacent to the MTC.

Liverpool

Very prominent area for early LDS missionary work:  it was the headquarters for the Church for 59 years, the place for all Church printing, home of the docks where the Apostles arrived in England, and from where early convert Saints sailed for Zion.  If your ancestors emigrated from Europe and/or served a mission in the greater region, they were definitely in Liverpool!  Visit Merseyside Maritime Museum at famous Albert Dock on the huge River Mersey where the collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world including its role in the transatlantic slave trade, & emigration to the west.

Llandudno

Beautiful seaside town that many tour members have said was their favorite!  You will enjoy wandering the town & seashore, shopping, and evening Welsh musical performances.

Llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch & Caernarfon

Town with the longest name in Wales located on the Isle of Anglesey.  Translated it means “The Church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel near the rapid whirlpool by the Church of St. Tysilio by the red cave”–you can’t miss it!  (AKA:  Llanfairpg–for short!)  Enjoy a guided tour at Caernarfon Castle, the birthplace of Edward II, the first Prince of Wales, and where Prince Charles’ investiture took place in 1969.

Blaenau Ffestiniog & Porthmadog

Travel down to the former slate capital of the world.  A fascinating trip down into Llechwedd Slate Caverns will provide you with a clearer idea as to what many of our ancestors went through to earn their pittance each week–it’s unbelievable!  Take a delightful journey through incredibly beautiful countryside–not accessible by car or coach–on the authentic narrow-gauge railway down to the town of Porthmadog.

Aberystwyth

University Town  & amazing visit to National Library of Wales where a special display of 19th century Welsh Mormon publications are arranged for our viewing.  Walk the “Prom” and follow local custom by kicking the iron bar at the end of the Promenade.  Enjoy an afternoon walking amongst beautiful local shops and magnificent beaches.  This town is also a favorite–located on the seashore, our hotel looks out over the beautiful waves and beach… aaahhhhh….

Cenarth Falls, Laughrne & Carmarthen

Learn about coracles, ancient Welsh fishing boats which are small one-man portable boats from an expert at Cenarth Falls.  Visit Laughrne, where Dylan Thomas wrote some of his best poetry and then Carmarthen which is believed to be the oldest town in Wales.

thomas jerry home llandybidyerLlanybydder

Visit the still standing Glantren Fawr Farm in Llanybydder, a site of great significance in Welsh Mormon Church.  Home to Thomas and Sarah Evans Jeremy, the first to be converted in the village by missionary Dan Jones!  Thomas became one of Dan Jones’s most intimate friends.  Thomas later returned to Wales on two occasions to do missionary work.

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You’ll love visiting Llanelli where many converted to Mormonism in the mid-19th century.  Travel on to Cardiff for a guided tour of the 19th-century Cardiff Castle owned by Marquis of Bute.  If you’re feeling extra energetic, climb the steps up to the top of the Norman “Keep” for a wonderful vista-view of Cardiff.

Herefordshire & Benbow Farm Pond

Gather at Gadfield Elm, the first LDS chapel in the world and home of the amazing United Brethren congregation conversion, among other exciting events & sites.  Visit the legendary Benbow (Hill) Farm where hundreds entered into the fold!  See the very same pond where baptisms were performed by early missionaries, the first were baptized by Wilford Woodruff.

Merthyr Tydfil

Enjoy Merthyr Tydfil (named after a Welsh Christian princess) the birthplace of David O. McKay’s mother and a successful area for missionary Captain Dan Jones as well as a town where many of our ancestors lived.  View Cyfarthfa Castle built by William Crawshav, the “Iron Lord.”

Blaenavon

Go down in the underground Big Pit Mining Museum and it will become very clear why our ancestors chose to leave the lush green Cambrian countryside.  We will then make our way to the London Heathrow Airport area for overnight before our return trip home on a new, non-stop flight to SLC.  Rejoice as you ponder all that you have come to appreciate of your ancestors, where they lived and toiled, where they were converted to the gospel, and where they departed from as they answered the call to gather to Zion!

 

Register for Tour SW01

Tour IDDatePrice if One per roomPrice each if Two per roomTour Hosts
SW02May 10-23, 2017$4500$3750Hosted by Dr. Ronald Dennis & Brad Dennis
SW03May 24-June 6, 2017$4500$3750Hosted by Dr. Ronald Dennis & Patty Steadman

Prices are per person by number of people sharing hotel room.  Tour price includes: SLC airfare (generous $1350 credit if our air is not needed), all breakfasts & dinners (all lunches are additional and are not included), very nice lodging, group admissions, charter bus, and expert MHA guide services.  SLC group air seats first-come, first-served – don’t delay!  Airfare from other cities often available; call us for details 801-272-5601.  (Once group seats are ticketed, price subject to current market airfare prices for like or similar flights; call for details inside of 30 days before departure.)

Prices contingent upon international exchange rate stability; though not expected, possible price adjustments to be made as necessary in the event of major exchange rate fluctuation.

Two adults maximum allowed per room, up to two children allowed in adult(‘s) room if under 15 years.  Not included:  free-time activity admissions, lunches, transportation to family ancestral sites not reachable by bus, and meal gratuity tips.  $3/day per person gratuity for the bus driver is encouraged and additional.

TRAVELING ALONE?  Would you like help finding a ROOMMATE to decrease your tour price?  Let us know when you REGISTER and we’ll do what we can to connect you with a compatible roommate.  You might just make a new, long-lasting friendship!

$200 deposit per person secures a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis; balance due six weeks prior to departure.

Mail checks to Mormon Heritage Association, 2367 W Goldenpointe Way, West Jordan UT 84088 or credit cards by phone 801-272-5601.

Current Passport required.  Notify MHA if you are NOT a US Citizen (airline/visa regulations).

Fit to Travel – registrants accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk distances and be able to travel well.  Sites may not always be accessible to the physically challenged–those needing ambulatory assistance will find the tour extremely limiting to their experiences.

COMMENTS FROM TOUR MEMBERS:

Susan Kenney  – “Unbelievable! Thank you. I have entered a new world into my family and will never be the same!”
 
Joyce Johnson  – “Thanks for an experience of a lifetime!”
 
Ron and Jeanine Ballard  – “This tour has exceeded all expectations, and we attribute it to you.”
 
Kim and Gaylin Hodges – “Words are not quite adequate to express what a wonderful experience we have had.”
 
Jane Myrberg – “The tour has been so beautifully organized, and we have all had the best time!”
 
Madge Stoddard – “Your expertise for such a large group is outstanding as well as appreciated.”
 
Dodie LeMieux – “This trip has been the vacation of my life!”
 
Dean and June Jessee – “The Normandy invasion would have greatly profited from your organizational abilities. Our only regret is that the rest of our family could not be here to enjoy what we have experienced.”
 
Susan and Bob Woods – “You have made a lasting contribution to our lives, and we express our love and gratitude for that.”

This is an incredible opportunity to visit these sacred and historic sites with expert hosts who are the most knowledgeable guides about this unique history and who share it in a most memorable way.

We hope you can join us on the Very Best Church History Tours!

 

Register for Tour SW01