Springs and wells have played an important spiritual role over the millennia. Roman Bath was a place of celtic worship and pilgrimage dedicated to their female god Sulis long before the Romans arrived and dedicated it to their own god, Minerva. To the south west of Bath is the magnificent cathedral in Wells and nearby is Glastonbury overlooked by the Tor with its commanding views of surrounding Somerset, the Chalice Wells with the waters flowing out from under the Tor into beautiful gardens and the magnificent abbey ruins below.
King Arthur is associated with Avalon and Tintagel Castle which evokes the mythical Camelot on Cornwall's rugged north coast and the ocean beyond with spectacular cliffs and coves with the sea stretching westwards to the far horizon. At the most westerly tip of Cornwall is Land's End reaching into the Atlantic. Nearby is the Merry Maidens stone circle near Lamorna, in an untamed rural landscape surrounded by high hedges providing isolation and contemplation. At Mount's Bay is St Michael's Mount, a place of pilgrimage for centuries, visited by causeway at low tide or by boat as the tide rises.
At each location there will be ample opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and for peaceful reflection and meditation. There are other parts of Britain with its infinitely varied scenery that can also be visited. In northern England there is the walled city of York with its magnificent minster and both Roman and Viking remains, Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire where Caedmon was inspired to write his inspiring poetry and Jarrow Priory in County Durham associated with the Venerable Bede, the monk who wrote the Ecclesiastical History of the English People in the eighth century and first translated the gospel of John into Old English. To the north is Holy Island just off the coast of Northumberland with its monastery in which the Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the seventh century.
Just across the border is Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders which is the beginning of St Cuthbert's Way which follows the path taken by St Cuthbert from Melrose to Lindisfarne. We can walk some of the route towards the North Sea coast through the beautiful countryside that straddles the border. To the north, in the Midlothian area of Scotland is Rosslyn Chapel, in the village of Roslyn just to the south of Edinburgh, sited on the Rose Line. To the west of Scotland is the small island of Iona, itself just off the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, a place of pilgrimage since St Columba first came over from Ireland, a place of tranquility on one of the oldest parts of Scotland's geology. No visitor cars are allowed on the island giving it a wonderful other worldly character away from the hustle and bustle. Close by is Fingals's Cave on the small volcanic island with its black basalt columns which inspired Mendelssohn to write the music named after this unique wave lapped echo chamber that can be visited on a boat trip from Iona.
North of mainland Scotland, a short ferry ride away, are the Orkneys with its stone circles and other spiritual structures dating back longer than Stonehenge such as the burial chamber at Maes Howe, the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar in an incomparable setting of sea and archipelago. The there is Ireland with Newgrange north of Dublin, comparable in size to Stonehenge but covered by a grassed over stone and earthen roof with a passageway through to its centre. The there are the natural wonders of the the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, the limestone pavements of the Burren and the Giant's Causeway. We can get to Ireland by fast ferry from Holyhead in North Wales with another fast crossing back across the Irish Sea to Scotland.
Your experienced and congenial host, John Greenwood, will plan and arrange your tour, customized to your wishes and the time available. You decide what you would like to see and the number of days you would like to devote. You can choose from the above suggestions and more besides and/or select your own places to visit across the British Isles to make it an unforgettable, personalized, spiritual experience. I will identify suitable quality B&B accommodation en route as part of an itinerary that covers the ground at a pace to suit using a suitable vehicle for the size of party (car or van) with which I will meet you at the airport on your arrival and then accompany you throughout the tour. I will also find atmospheric pubs offering, excellent good value meals for sociable evenings along the way. I look forward to hearing from you. I have hosted many such tours across the UK and Ireland and would be happy to put enquirers in touch with previous clients who will provide testimony to the quality of my tours.
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