Join us in exploring some of the stunningly beautiful and energetic islands off the western coast of Scotland and remarkable and mysterious places on the mainland. We are offering this journey because some of the most powerful and dramatic sacred sites in the British Isles are hidden away ‘North of the Border’.
Most of the western isles of Scotland are relatively small and off the beaten track yet their reputations around the world are impressive. Who has not heard of the Isle of Iona or Mull? Their stunning beauty and dramatic location certainly help, and so does another unseen mysterious quality – the power and energy in the land. In building their sacred sites on these remote islands our Neolithic and Celtic ancestors recognized this quality and have left us treasures set in stone.
The lovely harbour town of Oban is set in a dramatic location in the Firth of Lorn and protected by the Isle of Mull. This is our base as we explore some of the special places on the mainland such as the Kilmartin Valley with the greatest concentration of sacred sites in the whole of Scotland.
Moving into Glen Lyon valley in the breathtaking natural scenery of the Central Highlands we visit some sites from different periods in history that are empowered by earth energy currents. We will be based in Pitlochry for two nights as we explore this area.The old capital of Scotland, Dunfermline, holds some secrets that await us.
On route we visit holy wells, stone circles, faery glens, chambered cairns, an abbey, early saints churches, lochs, glens, mountains, islands, beach and ocean! Oh, and there's a warm Scottish welcome and maybe some live traditional folk music in local pubs on free evenings.
And at the end of this remarkable journey we will have a special guided tour of the Knights Templar sanctuary of Rosslyn Chapel with its many secrets and the mysterious underground cave system known as Gilmerton Cove. The tour ends at Edinburgh with a visit to Edinburgh Castle and time to experience a taste of royal Scottish city life.
Day 1 – Sun 11th May. Collection from Glasgow airport and travel along the banks of Loch Lomond through the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs National Park to our hotel in Oban a small but busy port town with a history.
Introductions meetings before dinner at a local restaurant
Day 2 – Mon 12th May. Orientation meeting
We will drive to Kilmartin Valley with over 350 Neolithic and Bronze Age sacred sites! We visit Nether Largie Standing Stones believed by Alexander Thom to be an astronomical observatory. Close by are the twin Templewood Stone Circles set in a copse of trees. At this time of year the stone circles should be carpeted with bluebells in flower making for a wonderful visual treat and the perfect location for our Intention setting meditation. A short walk takes us to Nether Largie cairn where we conclude our time in the Kilmartin Valley. On the way home we can visit the Kintraw stone a site aligned to the solstices with wonderful views. Stay at Oban hotel again.
Free-choice dinner not included in tour price
Day 3 - Tues 13th May. We catch the early ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull, a 45 minute sailing. We then have an hour’s scenic drive through Mull to the ferry terminal over to Iona.
Our day on Iona includes Iona Abbey, with its beautiful acoustic Chapel. St. Columba established a monastery here in 563AD that was eventually destroyed by the Vikings. Following these raids a Benedictine Abbey was established over 800 years ago. Still an active Christian community today the Abbey is open to visitors including St Columba's cell and ancient tombstones of various kings and chieftans. Close by the Nunnery gardens are sublime and peaceful and will be full of colourful flowers.
We will meditate to connect to our spirit and angelic guides here. Iona is on a leyline connecting it to the energies of Callanish stone circle further north in the Hebrides that we can detect by dowsing. We catch the return ferry to Mull where we stay for the night.
Dinner at hotel
Day 4 - Wed 14th May. We start the day with a visit to Lochbuie Stone Circle, a faery circle surrounded by mountains, whose location is idyllic where we will connect with the Spirits of this land through ceremony.
We then catch the return ferry to Oban then drive to our hotel in Pitlochry in the Central Highlands, where we will stay for two nights. Free-choice dinner not included in tour price
Day 5 - Thur 15th May
We are aware that we are in a place of power, mystery and magic, where several leylines cross and the oldest surviving goddess tradition in Scotland is still kept alive by the locals. Mt Shiehallion to the north is the protective guardian and source of power, a fairy-mountain and portal into the inner Earth.
Our first visit is to the Fortingall Yew, believed to be the oldest tree in Europe at 5,000 years old. It is the entrance into the magical valley of Glen Lyon and provides us with a living connection to the ancient wisdom of this land, because this tree started its life when the stone circles were being built. We will visit the Praying Hands of Mary, Mount Shiehallion and the sixteenth century St Mary's church, Grandtully with a wonderful ancient painted wooden ceiling.
Dinner at the hotel
Day 6 - Fri 16th May
We start the day with another scenic drive to Dunfermline, the medieval capital of Scotland, where we find energy currents coursing through the Abbey grounds. We will be happy to show you how to dowse for these energies with rods or pendulum. A leyline passes through here connecting it with many sacred sites further south in England including the former capital city of Winchester.
Onward to our hotel in Edinburgh we will check in for a two night stay before we have a guided visit to the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle that has sat regally atop Castle Rock for 800 years. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the aspects of Edinburgh that appeal to you, from Holyrood Palace to shopping on The Royal Mile.
Free-choice dinner not included in tour price
Day 7 - Sat 17th May. This final day includes guided visits to Rosslyn Chapel, Temple and Gilmerton Cove.
Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by The DaVinci Code, is a remarkable building full of secrets, Green man carvings and esoteric symbolism that our guide will tell us about. It is like no other chapel or church you have been to before. We will also walk to a secret cave close by.
Temple was once the main preceptory or headquarters of the famed Knights Templar in Scotland. Today the ruins of the church have a distinct atmosphere and Templar markings can be seen such as skull and crossbones on several gravestones.
Our final visit is to Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious system of passageways and ‘rooms’ carved out of the rock under the main street of Gilmerton. Some claim it was a Knights Templar hideout, others that it was a place of refuge from English forces, mining shafts or even a venue for the licencious activities of the infamous Hellfire Club. We will be guided through this mysterious underground system and you can ponder for yourself who created it and why. Farewell dinner at our hotel.
Day 8 - Sun 18th May. A one-hour drive to Glasgow airport for return flights home.
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