Day 1: Collection at Edinburgh. Evening meal in hotel followed by orientation led by Ivor. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 2: Visit the enigmatic and unique Rosslyn Chapel and discover the magic and energy forces of nature in the surrounding Roslin Glen. Learn about the druids, Knights Templar and of the Sinclair family and their important role in Scottish history. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Journey up through Perthshire to Fortingall. En route we visit Dunkeld that was an important early ecclesiastical centre in the time of the Picts, when the southern Picts moved their headquarters from Abernethy to Dunkeld a little to the north. The Culdees were associated with Dunkeld. Nearby the Pictish standing stones at Meigle are well worth a visit and some display Christian symbols as well as the pagan animal symbols, for in the ninth century the Pictish tribes were becoming Christian.
The Tay valley inland is very beautiful and we visit an interesting site at Grandtully that has long been in use for worship. The villages of Weem and Dull are associated with St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne and St Adomnan of Iona respectively, and there are ancient crosses to view, old hermitage sites and older worship stones in close proximity. St Cuthbert’s Cave in the woods above Weem is typical of spots where the early monks preferred to dwell - close to nature, in the spirit of their ancestors. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Glen Lyon. Fortingall is an early Christian settlement led by St Chad, but it was used for many thousands of years as a place for Druidic worship – the yew beside the church is the most ancient tree in Europe and dates between 5 and 7 thousand years old! The yew tree was at the center of a pre-Christian religious culture in the valley. There are many early Christian and prehistoric worship sites in the vicinity. The glen is the longest inhabited glen in Scotland but habitation is sparse – the natural world remains supreme here with much local folklore, fairy stories and ancient myths.
Sites in Glen Lyon are varied – they include old bronze bells the monks carried with them, Iron Age forts (known as Irish homesteads!), Celtic crosses, and standing stones. There even is a settlement where Pontius Pilate is supposed to have lived as a child! Schiehallion is the main faerie mountain of Scotland and coupled with the glen offers the most magical atmosphere imaginable. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Leaving Glen Lyon tracing the same route the Ionan monks made in the early centuries we head via Tyndrum en route to Oban. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Heading south from Oban to travel to the uniquely styled Kilmartin Museum in Kilmartin Valley that is an archaeological wonder. Visit Kilmichael Glassary and other prehistoric sites. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Return to Edinburgh learn about St Triduana and visit her well house. Also discover about Mungo and his influence on the Glasgow Coat of Arms. End of the tour.
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