Celtic Lands and Legends Touroffered by supplier M15425 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 16 people
Destination(s): Ireland Scotland
Specialty Categories: Pilgrimage/Spirituality Archeology/History
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1685 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1985 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Day 1: The Burren.
This extensive limestone area holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Passing by wondrously shaped massive hills, we can enter small caves unaltered for thousands of years, pause in ancient “fairy” forts on private farms, make our wishes at holy wells, visit fascinating archaeological tombs and ponder on other remains. The route encompasses areas associated with local myths and legends. For those who have the stamina for an evening excursion, a walk up the Cliffs of Moher is recommended before retiring or listening to some local traditional music in the Atlantic village of Doolin.
Day 2: The Burren.
This day is a slower day so we can take stock of all the impressions and have time for quiet contemplation. We take our time following in the footsteps of one of the most popular early saints of the region; St Colman. Visiting his cave and forest retreat and other monastic ruins, we also can view Ireland’s tallest round tower and learn to dowse the ley lines at such sites. Lunch is either in a perfumery or else on the the coast.
Day 3: Yeats Country South Galway and Sligo.
Before leaving the Burren we visit a few of nature’s phenomena that abound in the east Burren; the mysterious river system forms swallow holes, caves and collapsed caves that create an intriguing landscape, hinting at why WB Yeats and other writers in the Irish Celtic Revival Movement loved to visit and reside here. We can visit the past haunts of Lady Gregory and WB Yeats seeing where the latter was buried at Drumcliff on a later day when we visit Sligo. We also pass Ireland’s only remaining Templar tower in the private estate of the Percivals.
Day 4: The Cairns of the Northwest.
County Sligo is host to some of Ireland’s finest and oldest archaeological remains, including the ancient cairns of Carrowmor and Carrowkil. The mountain of Knocknarea has a unopened cairn on top that is allegedly the tomb of the legendary Queen Maeve. Behind the mountain lies Carrowmor a series of cairns whose energies vary in quality and which are worth exploring, Surrounding Sligo Bay are major spiritual ley lines that key into the rest of Europe and beyond. A little inland, the hills around Kesh Corann caves echo of authentic legends, and the very outline of the hills testify to the tale of Morrigan the ancient goddess of Kesh Corann.
Day 5: Landscape alignments.
Carrowkeel is a set of cairns set on the brow of a rocky hillside. Beyond lies the Plain of Moytura with its legendary battles. Time permitting on your way to Dublin lies another set of cairns at Lough Crew, which are aligned via leys with those in the Sligo area. The interiors are carved with many symbols that are illuminated at the Autumn Equinox, and by the end of this day you will be hopefully “cairned out” and ready for something different in Scotland!At the end of the day we fly from Dublin to Edinburgh where we stay the night in the same guesthouse we will return to for the last two days.
Day 6: Land of the Southern Pictures.
We travel north to Loch Tay in Perthshire, seeing a round tower similar to the ones that proliferate in Ireland, and also Dunkeld Cathedral on the banks of the River Tay, both sites being ancient “Culdee” capitals of southern Pictland. By way of introduction to the fascinating history of the area we visit a hidden gem of an ancient painted ceiling in a discreet barn! The rest of the day is to relax in as there are plenty of walks and relaxing places to visit on the shores of Loch Tay.
Day 7: Glen Lyon Proper.
We spend the whole day travelling at a slow pace up Glen Lyon to view magical spots by the river that are strong in devic energy (high fairy energy), early Christian artifacts, fascinating church architecture, old forts with Irish connections, and stone circles. Through legend and early scholarly works we learn of the strong Irish connection the glen carries. On a spiritual level the area around Fortingall is truly an “Ascension” land and many channelers have pronounced prophecies on the area, that add to the old myths such it being the birth place of Pontious Pilate! A long walk to a rock commonly known as “The Praying Hands of Mary” is also a must unless mist prevents us from walking up the path.
Day 8: The Road Less Travelled.
This day is spent in the Dale of Fortingall where we can experience the hospitality of Castle Menzies, the clan that figures strongly in the history of the glen. Also links to Iona Abbey are explained at their sister monastic site of Dull, and the mausoleum at Weem is another “must see” for those interested in the Culdees. The hermetic tradition was strong in this area, with many Irish and English saints taking refuge in the crags. We can catch wonderful glimpses of the main fairy mountain of Scotland, Schiehallion as we journey on another single track road over the ridge to the east of Loch Tay on our return to Edinburgh.
Day 9: Ancient Edinburgh sites.
Our day starts with a tour around Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park in order to acquaint ourselves with the male pole of the local earth grid that is set within this magical landscape. We hear of the local legends associated with sites we can see in the distance from the slopes of Arthur’s Seat, and then in the afternoon by contrast we walk down the beautiful, verdant Roslin Glen to rest and rejuvenate ourselves. Roslin Glen lies adjacent to Rosslyn Chapel and carries the female energies in contrast to Arthur’s Seat nine miles away. We end with a private tour and meditation in Rosslyn Chapel.
Day 10: Templar Lands.
This day is spent exploring other ancient chapels in the area that are close to the old headquarters of the Knights Templar on the river South Esk. We can also visit magical waterfalls on the same river that belonged to the Cistercians in the Middle Ages. The centre of the aforementioned earth grid is where William Wallace is said to have been knighted into the Knights Templar, and we can view this remote spot. Lunch is in an excellent countryside bistro. Upon our return to Edinburgh we may wish to climb Arthur’s Seat and visit the only Pre-Reformation chapel left in the city, that has connections too to Rosslyn. The whole aim is to present the landscape in terms of male and female, ying and yang so you are exposed to different energies and receive a balanced impression.
Includes all land transport and guiding and Tour Pack.Flights between Ireland and Scotland an additional cost. Further information provided upon application.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
The tour normally starts in Ireland but a shorter itinerary to visit only Ireland or Scotland may be possible. Apply for details. Clients are responsible for their own arrangements to join the tour.
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Owner Ivor Henrichsen has worked for the UK Government for over 40 years as a geologist/musicologist and finally with the Scottish Sports Council with extensive experience in the administration of incoming groups to the UK. Member of several trade associations, the Federation of Small Business and appropriate tourist...