Pope Benedict XVI, is visiting the UK on a 4-day visit from 16th – 19th September 2010 and will be making an official visit to Scotland on the first day. The Queen will travel from Balmoral to Edinburgh to greet the Pope on his first state visit to the UK. A ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will take place, before travelling to Glasgow for an open-air mass at Bellahouston Park.
First Minister Alex Salmond stated: “The Scottish Government will be working with the palace, the Catholic Church and UK Government to ensure the Pope’s visit is a successful and memorable event.” The visit will start on St Ninian’s Day – in honour of the fifth-century missionary who reputedly brought Christianity to the Picts.
For those wishing to stay in Scotland during this historic “pastoral visit”, why not stay in a former church in the centre of Scotland in Crieff. From here, you are equidistant between Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as being close to the Highlands for touring. This church tower apartment sleeps 6 adults and 3 children, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The main feature being the church tower room which enjoys phenomenal 360 degree views. In fact – a room with view.