Through much of the history of the Celtic peoples, knowledge and wisdom was kept safe and taught by the bards (poets) through story and song. We will travel in their footsteps as our journey through the Celtic heartland of beautiful Scotland is guided by intuition, storytelling, music, song and dowsing. The journey starts by flying into the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, a beautiful historic old city which you will have some free time to explore. Our first port of call is Rosslyn chapel, the Templar church made famous by The Da Vinci Code. Here we find secrets of the Temple of Solomon and the Knights Templars as we have a private tour guided by the most knowledgeable of Roslin guides. We will also visit the Temple church nearby.
From there we venture out into the beauty of Nature and the powerful sacred sites of Aberdeenshire. This area of Scotland contains the highest concentration of ancient sacred sites. Burn O’Vat, a natural cauldron hollowed out of the rocks by water and approached through a fairy wood, is a wonderful place to learn about the importance and power of water. A stone circle situated on a hill and in the middle of a valley surrounded by mountains is another major power centre that we will visit and connect with energetically.
Having made an energetic connection to the Spirit of the landscape during our first few days we are readied for the second half of our journey, venturing into Glen Lyon in the Central Highlands, in the heart of Scotland. Glen Lyon is a powerful and magical valley and the ancient yew tree at Fortingall is the gateway. Now believed to be around 5,000 years old and the oldest tree in Europe, it offers us a living connection to the wisdom of this special land. 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 daytime journeying will be influenced by evenings of Celtic stories and Gallic songs from the druidic spiritual tradition of the culdees.
Day 1: Collection from Edinburgh airport for 2 nights stay in Edinburgh. Free afternoon for resting or sightseeing.
Day 2: Visits to Rosslyn chapel, the now famous heritage of the Knights Templar, and Temple church nearby. Information learned here will help guide us on our journey.
Day 3: Drive to Ballater, Aberdeenshire for a two night stay. From here we will visit some of the many ancient sacred sites which are so plentiful in this area, including a visit to Tarland stone circle. This power-spot is a recumbent stone circle that is prominently situated with a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. We have truly arrived in the Celtic world.
Day 4: Stone circle visit and Burn O’Vat – a rocky cauldron carved out by the river waters. We learn of the importance and power of water at this site revered by countless generations.
Day 5: Drive to our hotel in Aberfeldy in the Central Highlands for a 4-night stay. The Fortingall Yew 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.
Day 6: Today we venture further into the sacred valley of Glen Lyon to explore some of the most potent sacred sites with a local expert.
Day 7: Optional Pilgrimage walk to Calliach Stones (representing the Celtic goddess presiding over the landscape) or local walks which are less strenuous.
Day 8: Today is Michaelmas, the feast day of St. Michael who is guardian over the energy pathways of the land we have been connecting with. Morning visit to local site Afternoon review and processing of our journey.
Day 9: Drive to Edinburgh airport for return flights home. Bon Voyage…
This tour is only offered in September and at no other time.
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