LDS Tour to Scotland & Wales
August 15-28, 2018
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 a retired Professor of Portuguese and Welsh at Brigham Young University and author of twelve books (so far) 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 – look to see if your ancestors are listed there!
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 honestly can’t stop looking at it! Visit the town with the longest name of any other (at least) in Wales – Llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and so much more! See important LDS History sites in England where missionary work began and the port through which 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, Llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Caernarfon, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Llanelli, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Gadfield Elm Chapel, Benbow Hill Farm, Blaenavon and others. Visit amazing castles & priceless museums, beautiful seashores, delightful musical entertainment & possibly 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 through 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:
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.
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 beautiful Alloway, Ayrshire the birthplace of famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Visit Burns cottage and the informative visitor’s center as well as the famous church in Burns’ epic poem Tam O’Shanter–truly an adventure! 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.
Prominent area for early LDS missionary work. This was the headquarters for the Church for 59 years, the location of all Church printing, home of the docks where the Apostles arrived in England, and from where most of the 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.
Beautiful seaside town that many tour members say is their favorite! You will enjoy wandering the town & seashore, take a hike or tram to the top of the Great Orme for a panoramic view of the Irish Sea on one side and the estuary to the River Conwy on the other, fun shopping, and evening Welsh musical performances (admission additional).
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 fascinating visit to the unique town of Conwy with its medieval walls still intact surrounding the town and Conwy Castle, itself, all built atop a natural rock formation giving the perfect height for the castle’s dominance with its 12 circular towers.
Blaenau Ffestiniog & Porthmadog
Travel 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 an exciting narrow-guage steam railroad journey through incredibly beautiful countryside–not accessible by car or coach–from Blaenau Ffestiniog to the picturesque town of Porthmadog.
University Town & amazing visit to National Library of Wales where a special display of 19th century Welsh Mormon publications is arranged for our viewing. Get your own “library card” and spend the afternoon researching precious Welsh ancestral records only available here! Or enjoy an afternoon walking amongst beautiful local shops and magnificent beaches. Walk the seaside “Prom” and follow local custom by kicking the iron bar at the end of the Promenade. This town is also a favorite–located on the seashore, our hotel looks out over the beautiful waves and beach… truly an aaahhhhh day….
Cenarth Falls, Laughrne & Carmarthen
Learn about coracles, ancient Welsh fishing boats (small, one-man portable vessels) from a delightful local expert at Cenarth Falls. Overnight at Carmarthen which is believed to be the oldest town in Wales (and legend has it that “Merlin” the wizard was born here!).
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 dear friends. Thomas later returned to Wales on two occasions to do missionary work.
You’ll love visiting Llanelli where many converted to Mormonism in the mid-19th century. Travel on to Cardiff for an afternoon at St Fagan’s Folk Museum, an open-air village chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people–see how your ancestors lived thru the ages.
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.
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 many other missionaries. Enjoy a walking tour of old downtown Merthyr. Drive by Cyfarthfa Castle built by William Crawshav, the “Iron Lord.”
Travel underground in a pit cage deep into the Big Pit Coal Mining Museum for an eye-opening tour led by ex-miners. Walk the underground roadways, stables, and engine house built by generations of mine workers. Gain a deep appreciation for the arduous labor most Welsh ancestors endured and it will become very clear why our ancestors chose to leave the lush-green Cambrian countryside. We will then make our way across the Severn River 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 experience and 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!
|Tour ID||Date||Price if One per room||Price each if Two per room||Tour Hosts|
|SW04||August 15-28, 2018||$3500 +air||$2600 +air||Hosted by Dr. Ronald Dennis & Patty Steadman|
Prices are per person by number of people sharing hotel room. Tour price includes: all breakfasts & dinners (lunches are additional and are not included), very nice lodging, group admissions, charter bus, and expert MHA guide services. To be included: SLC airfare (ONCE AIRLINE SCHEDULES OPEN UP–likely by mid October 2017; generous credit if our air is not needed) – SLC group air seats first-come, first-served basis – 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:
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!