Experience “Scotland’s Medjugorje”
June 14 to 19, 2020 with Stella Mar Pilgrimages
Join us on a pilgrimage retreat at Craig Lodge House of Prayer in the Scottish Highlands, home of Mary’s Meals.
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: Continue on a Medjugorje pilgrimage hosted by Mirjana from June 19-26, 2020.
June 14 to 19, 2020
As an add-on to Medjugorje, or by itself. Only 25 spots available! Details below.
After arriving in Glasgow, we’ll meet at the airport for the two hour drive to Craig Lodge near Dalmally, where we will have a meal, settle in, and have an introduction for the staff. The next days will be filled with lovely cultural and spiritual experiences.
Craig Lodge is a response to our Lady’s call to holiness at Medjugorje. Each day we will explore the beautiful grounds, join the Macfarlane-Barrow family and the Craig Lodge community in prayer and stories, and, in true Scottish spirit, we’ll have a lot of fun!
- 9AM Breakfast
- 12PM Mass
- 1PM Lunch
- 6PM Dinner
- Holy Hour/night Adoration
- Craig Lodge – Learn how this house of prayer went from hunting lodge to fruit of Medjugorje
- Mary’s Meals – Magnus McFarlane-Barrow will share about the charity he founded which feeds over a million children daily
- Stella Mar Films movie night
- Ceilidh – Scottish dancing
- Climb Cross Mountain – Craig Lodge erected a cross and the Way of the Cross on the hill overlooking the lodge. Together we will take a beautiful hike up through the Scottish Highlands with the Way of the Cross. An amazing view and a surprise awaits you at the top!
- Bonfire and local saint stories with Callum, Magnus’ friendly, kilt-loving father
- Hear tales about the Loch Ness Monster (think we’re kidding?)
- Rosary walk on the beautiful grounds of Craig Lodge
- Kilchurn Castle
- Blue Bell Island
- St. Conan’s Kirk Church
At the end of the pilgrimage, our bus will bring us back to Glasgow airport for our flights back to the USA, or, for those going to Medjugorje with us, our short flights to Split, Croatia.
Scotland Land Only (if you meet us in Scotland and arrange their own flight) – $TBD
Scotland add-on to the Medjugorje land-only package (still includes flight from Croatia to Scotland with the group) – $TBD
Scotland add-on to full Medjugorje package (includes all flights) – $TBD
ABOUT CRAIG LODGE
Craig Lodge is in Argyll, a beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland. It is an area full of history and natural beauty. It is a popular holiday destination with castles, historic towns and islands to explore. Walkers, climbers, bird watchers, naturalists can all enjoy the wild open spaces, the hills, mountains rivers and lochs.
The area enjoys a mild climate and it is known for some spectacular gardens that are open to the public and make a lovely day out for the family. We are also blessed with a wonderful abundance of wildflowers even just along the little road leading up to Craig Lodge. You don’t have to go far from the grounds to be in with a chance of spotting hares, red deer and golden eagles.
In years gone by Craig Lodge was a hunting lodge and it retains much of its ‘old-world’ character. Calum and Mary Anne MacFarlane-Barrow ran it as a guest house up until their decision to turn it into a House of Prayer. It was also home to them and their five children and it is important to us that we maintain this ‘family’ feel. Craig Lodge is now home to our Community and we hope you feel at home here too during your stay with us.
Craig Lodge is set in seven acres of woods and gardens and looks south across a valley with spectacular mountain views on either side. We are a mile from the village of Dalmally which in earlier times was known as Clachan Diseart or ‘township of the holy retreat’ in beautiful Argyll.
On the hill behind Craig Lodge there is a beautiful Way of the Cross. The path takes you along mountain streams and climbs steadily to a height of around 1,000 feet (305 metres). The Stations are marked with cairns of stones and at the top there is simple cross. From there you can contemplate the beautiful views of Cruachan, Ben Lui and Loch Awe and the River Orchy winding through the valley below you.
Mary’s Meals is a movement to set up school feeding projects in places where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The education they receive is their best hope of escaping poverty in later life. The charity has its head office, the famous shed, at Craig Lodge.
It all grew from a simple response to the suffering of the refugees caught up in the horror of the Balkans war in 1992. It began with a local appeal for food and blankets, that Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow drove out to Medjugorje for the refugees that had gathered there. However what was supposed to be a one-off aid delivery led to the establishment of a charity that hopes very soon to be providing a million children with a life-transforming meal in school.
A FRUIT OF MEDJUGORJE
Calum MacFarlane-Barrow tells the tale here:
“My wife, Mary Anne, and I, in 1977, purchased Craig Lodge, a former hunting lodge to run as a guest house and to raise our family of 5 children. It was an idyllic home with 7 acres of woodland and gardens and set in beautiful countryside close to a river and with mountains and hills beyond.
“However, in 1983, our daughter, Ruth, aged 20, read about the claimed apparitions of Our Lady appearing in Yugoslavia which dramatically changed our lives. Along with some cousins, Ruth and her school friend Kenneth Black – now her husband; and 2 of her brothers Fergus (16) and Magnus (15), visited Medugorje, Yugoslavia, at the end of 1983. Their visit had a profound effect upon each one of them and brought about a dramatic change in our lives.
“Mary Anne and I could not but notice the change. They suggested we pray more and even fast and they really meant it! The result of all this was that Mary Anne and I, along with a priest and a small group from Glasgow visited Medugorje two months later in 1984. We too came back and felt we had received many graces. So much so that we undertook to run small retreats for those interested in Medugorje during the winter months which was our close season at Craig Lodge. We continued to do this for the next few winter seasons until in 1988 we decided, after much prayer and discernment, to convert the lodge into a prayer house. We both felt, independently, called to name the house Family House of Prayer.”
If you sign up for both trips, you get one extra night/day in Medjugorje, then you travel with us on the short flight from Croatia to Scotland on May 8.
CRAIG LODGE PHOTOS