Dreaming of a major sabbatical tour

It is a really bit early for dreaming about my sabbatical as it is not due until the Methodist year that starts September 2014 and I most likely won’t be taking it until the spring or summer of 2015.

Still I can’t help having a bit of dream.

There are three places I would particularly like to spend time at during my sabbatical.

1. Iona Abbey

2. St Beunos Ignation Spirituality Centre

3. Holy Island/Lindisfarne

So I have had a quick glance at Google Maps and it looks like it might make a fantastic cycle tour on my bike for life. For example:

  • Syston to Lindisfarne is about 270 miles, say 4 or 5 days.
  • Lindisfarne to Iona is about 250 miles, say 4 days
  • Iona to St Beunos is about 420 miles, 6 or 7 days
  • St Beunos to Syston is about 130 miles, say 2 days.

Allow a few rest days and we might be talking nearly 3 weeks cycling plus a few days at Lindisfarne, maybe a week at Iona and maybe an 8 day retreat in St Beunos,

I would probably look at making it about 6 weeks in total.

Sounds great, looking forward to it already 🙂


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  1. Iona is indeed a wonderful place and the miles across Mull from Craignure to Phionnphort are excellent. Definitely a dream to follow!

  2. Certainly sounds like a plan!

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