A spiritual adventure to the ancient sacred sites of Scotland
Travel Sacred Scotland: Experience Autumn Equinox in Fortingall – a place of mystery – in this ancient Holy Land of Scotland!
Experience the incredible rugged beauty, tranquility and sacredness of the Isle of Iona. Let this unique land inspire the imagination. On this sacred journey you are being asked to feed your soul as it awakens to the many wonders of the miraculous and the mystical. Join me on this spiritual adventure opening the pathway of the heart, a journey of ascension where we will experience the timeless wonder of being a pilgrim, one more unique than the ordinary traveler.
Travel by coach and ferry to out-of-the-way places in lands steeped in ancient mystery and tradition such as the Sacred Isle of Iona, Isle of Skye, Kilmartin Glen, Callanish Stone Circle, Findhorn, Clava Stone Circle, the sacred valley of Glenlyon, Mount Schiehallion and the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel.
Sacred Journey to Celtic Scotland Tour Itinerary:
Sept 15th – Tuesday – Day 1: Kilmartin Glen/Temple Wood/Isle of Iona
Our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland begins at 8:00 am with a morning departure from Glasgow as we journey to Kilmartin Glen - an area of mystical beauty in Argyle.
Kilmartin Glen features one of the largest concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. There are over 350 ancient monuments within just a six mile radius of the village -- standing stones, a henge monument, featuring five burial cairns with cup and ring marks on them, and more.
We will visit Temple Wood Stone Circles, Cairn and Standing Stones as we discover the power and beauty of our ancient past.
In the afternoon, we'll take a ferry from Oban to Mull/Iona.
Overnight on Iona for 4 nights. (B ,D)
Sept 16-18th – Wednesday-Friday – Day 2-4: Isle of Iona/Isle of Staffa (Isle of Mull)
Iona was a Sacred Isle to the Druids in ancient times and also for the Culdees and Celtic Christians who came here. This Holy Isle’s historical fame has resulted from the Christian mission of the Irish Saint Columba who came to Iona during the 6th century A.D.
Today, on our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland, we will explore Iona Abbey, St. Martinus Cross, St. Oran’s Chapel, the royal burial grounds of kings and the ruins of the Iona Nunnery. We will experience a water ceremony at the Well of Eternal Youth, sacred ceremony, meditation and the vortex energy of the island, opening ourselves up to this ancient land as we attune ourselves to this sacred land.
Next, we will continue our exploration of Scotland with a visit to the Isle of Staffa and free time to explore on our own. The seaside approach to Staffa is breathtaking, with great basalt columns bordering deep caves which easily inspire the imagination.
Whilst on Iona, breakfast and dinner are included each day, and lunch will be taken independently.
Overnight on Iona. (B, D)
Sept 19th – Saturday – Day 5: Iona/Fort William
This morning we continue our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland as we depart the Isle of Iona by ferry for Fort William.
Fort William is the largest town in the highlands of Scotland, and known for its picturesque mountains and scenic day trip excursions. Known as the Gateway to Ben Nevis, Fort William is home to some of the most amazing views in the Scottish Highlands, as well as many fantastic restaurants, museums, and shops. (B, D)
Sept 20 – Sunday – Day 6: Eilean Donan Castle/Isle of Lewis/Isle of Harris
As we travel on this amazing journey through Scotland we will experience some beautiful panoramic views. Today, we continue our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland with a visit to Eilean Donan, before driving across the Isle of Skye to catch our evening ferry to the Isles of Lewis and Harris.
Eilean Donan is a small island at the confluence of three sea lochs. The beautiful Eilean Donan Castle was erected in the 13th century and restored in the early 20th century. Throughout history, the Eilean Donan castle served as a stronghold to many different rulers, including Clans Mackenzie and Macrae, and the Jacobites.
Dinner will be taken on board the ferry.
Overnight at our hotel in Stornoway for two nights. (B, D)
Sept 21 – Monday – Day 7: Callanish Standing Stones
Today, on our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland, we will experience the powerful Callanish Stone Circle - the "Stonehenge of the North”- which dates back to 3,000 BCE. The layout of the stones is unique and looks like a Celtic cross. These ancient standing stones were erected during the Neolithic period and used for ritual purposes during the Bronze age. Like the Temple Wood standing stones, the Callanish Standing Stones are aligned to the sun and the moon and are positioned with puzzling accuracy, despite predating Stonehenge by about 500 years.
We will also visit the two satellite stone circles adjacent to the Callanish standing stones.
Overnight at our hotel in Stornoway. (B, D)
Sept 22 – Tuesday – Day 8: Autumn Equinox/Stornoway/Inverness
Today, we will celebrate the Autumn Equinox (at 2:21pm UK time) on our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland.
We will continue to enjoy Stornoway, the main settlement on the Isle of Lewis, and the largest town in the Western Isles, also knows as the Outer Hebrides. We will explore the sights of Stornoway as we experience the essence of the Scottish Isles.
Our ferry departs Stornoway to Ullapool.
Upon arrival, we transfer to Inverness where we will overnight. (B, D)
Sept 23rd – Wednesday – Day 9: Findhorn Ecovillage/Clava Cairns
Today, we will continue our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland with a morning visit to the Findhorn Ecovillage. The Findhorn ecovillage is an experimental architectural community project based at The Park, in Moray, Scotland, near the village of Findhorn. The ecovillage was established in 1962, and as of 2005 has about 450 members. The project is based on sustainable development and community living with a minimal ecological footprint. We will experience the Findhorn Community and tour the Findhorn ecovillage, gardens and meditation sanctuary.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Clava Cairn, a well-preserved Bronze Age site with its ancient initiation temples. Clava Cairn is a significant example of Scottish Highland history and are among the best preserved prehistoric sites in Scotland. The form of these ancient burial monuments uniquely combines aspects of ring cairns, passage tombs, and stone circles.
Overnight for two nights at our hotel in Pitlochry. (B, D)
Sept 24/25th – Thursday/Friday – Day 10/11: Fortingall/Glenlyon
Today, on our Sacred Pilgrimage to Scotland, we experience Fortingall, in the very heart of Scotland, steeped in Celtic myth and legend. Central to the area is Glenlyon, a 32-mile-long glen and one of the most beautiful and dramatic glens in Scotland.
We will experience many sacred sites all within a 20 mile radius of Glenlyon:
We will travel to Fortingall Church and also see the famous Fortingall Yew Tree, said to be the oldest tree in Europe, believed to be about 5,000 years old. Less known, is an intriguing oral tradition that Pontius Pilate was born in the hamlet of Fortingall.
We will visit the Dunkeld Cathedral. The original monastery at Dunkeld dates from the sixth century, founded by Saint Columba. There is a belief that some undiscovered relics of Saint Columba are
still buried at the cathedral.
We will see the Croft Moraig (Field of Mary) megalithic stone circle, believed to date
from around 3000 BCE.
We will experience the holy mountain, Schiehallion, which translates from the gaelic as “the Fairy
Hill of the Caledonians”. Strange tales are told about this awe-inspiring mountain of quartz crystal.
We'll tour St. Mary’s Grail Chapel with a remarkable heraldic mural painted on its barrel roof ceiling which displays amazing and unique hidden symbolism.
Overnight in Pitlochry on the 24th. In the late afternoon of the 25th, we'll journey through scenic and dramatic landscapes to Edinburgh where we will overnight in our hotel on the 25th. (B, D)
Sept 26/27th – Saturday/Sunday – Day 12/13: Rosslyn Chapel/Edinburgh/Farewell Dinner
Saturday, September 26th:
Today, we will visit the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel. We will explore and meditate on the mysteries of the Essenic Jerusalem temple scrolls, said to be buried here.
We will experience the Rosslyn Chapel Crypt and its mystery, with an optional afternoon visit to St. Andrews.
Tonight, we will have dinner on our own. (B)
Sunday, September 27th:
There are two options for the final day.
Those who chose to stay in Edinburgh will have a free day to shop and explore Edinburgh before meeting Joan Clark at her favorite restaurant at 7:00pm for a special farewell dinner. (B, D)
Those who chose to travel on to St. Andrews will spend the afternoon exploring St. Andrews and have dinner on your own.
Sept 28 – Monday – Day 14: Depart for Home City
Today, we will bid farewell to Scotland and depart for Edinburgh International Airport for our homeward journey, grateful for all that we have experienced. (B)
September 12th – Wednesday – Day 1: The Isle of Arran
We begin our Sacred Journey to Celtic Scotland at 10:00 a.m. with a morning departure from Glasgow so that we can experience the sacred sites of the Isle of Arran. Arran is a popular tourist destination due to its mild climate and picturesque scenery. The Isle of Arran is a treasure trove of natural wealth and beautiful villages, with palm trees, castles, and ancient monuments, a whiskey distillery, and lots of wildlife and local color to enjoy.
Upon arrival we will have lunch on our own. In the afternoon we will explore Brodick Castle and the Isle of Arran Heritage Meuseum. We will overnight at our hotel on the Isle of Arran.
September 13th – Thursday – Day 2: The Machrie Moor Stone Circles
Today, on our Scotland Sacred Sites Tour, we will explore the magnificent Machrie Moor. The Machrie Moor stone circles are a collection of prehistoric standing stones, stone circles and burial cairns.
The stones are positioned over ancient timber circles, some of which have been carbon dated to over 2,000 BCE. The six stone circles of Machrie Moor are aligned to a divide in the skyline where Machrie Glen splits into two valleys, and on the Summer Solstice the sun comes up directly in line with the divide in the two valleys. We will overnight at our hotel on the Isle of Arran.