Mythical Scotland, Mystical Journey

Most of the western isles of Scotland are relatively small and off the beaten track, yet their reputations around the world are impressive. Who has not heard of the Isle of Iona or Mull? Their stunning beauty and dramatic location certainly help, as does another unseen mysterious quality – the power and energy in the land.  In building their sacred sites on these remote islands, our Neolithic and Celtic ancestors recognized this quality and have left us treasures set in stone.

Join Spiritual Quest Journeys on a mystical journey of the magical Highlands and Islands of Scotland including the Isles of Iona and Mull; the fascinating Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh.

8 days | £ 1 595 per person | 11 – 18 May 2014

Experience the land of myths and legends, unexplained mysteries, stone circles, highlands and islands steeped in history and imbued with ancient wisdom and magic. Step through the mists of time and experience deep transformation. Explore Sacred sites and holy places. Immerse yourself in ancient Celtic and Druidic heritage. Attune to the powerful Ley line energies in the dramatic sacred sites of Scotland.

Highlights include:

Stories and legends of this magical land  ~ Connecting with Gaia and Ley line energy ~ Learning how to sense angelic, dragon and elemental energies ~ Meditation space – both guided and personal ~ Drumming, chanting and release ceremonies ~ full day on Iona ~ Oban and Glen Lyon Valley ~ Sites made famous by The DaVinci Code ~ Edinburgh.

Journey Overview:

Duration: 8 days
Dates: 11 – 18 May 2014
Price per person sharing: £ 1 595 (Great British Pounds)
Single Supplement: £ 175
Journey Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
Location of nights spent: 2 nights Oban

1 night Mull

2 nights Pitlochry (Central Highlands)

2 nights Edinburgh

Key Activations:

(there are a number of other meditations, initiations and ceremonies en-route)

Opening ceremony and intention setting meditation

Spirit of place ceremony at Lochbuie Stone Circle

Meditation to connect with angelic & spirit guides on Iona

Closing and integration ceremony

Arrival point of entry: Glasgow Airport – pick up at 11 AM
Departure point: Glasgow Airport – drop off at 11 AM. Please ensure your flights are booked for after 1 PM

Journey Leaders:

Cameron and Glenn Broughton have been researching and visiting ancient sacred sites for over twenty years. Together they lecture internationally on sacred sites, earth mysteries and crop circles and are the co-founders of Earth Spirit Conferences in the USA.

Born in England, Glenn Broughton discovered his spiritual path via a circuitous route which included school-teaching, founding and running an inner city community arts centre, house renovations and wholesale organic food distribution.Having spent 6 months in the Avebury area researching the earths energies and another 6 months at a meditation retreat, Glenn went on to complete a two year qualification with ICCH (International College of Crystal Healing) and studied spiritual healing for two years with NFSH – National Federation of Spiritual Healers (The Healing Trust) in England.

Cameron qualified as a Massage Therapist at the New England Institute of Muscle Therapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied Shamanism with Naomi Lake, founder of Full Circle. She still practices as a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and energy healer and utilizes these skills to lead meditations at the ancient sites to re-connect with our spiritual purpose and with the Earth. Connecting with the Spirit of Place and the ancestors through ceremony, Cameron brings a heart centered approach and passion to the experience.

   

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 – Sun, 11 May  

Meet Glenn, Cameron and the rest of the group at Glasgow airport and travel along the banks of Loch Lomond through the Trossachs National Park to your first hotel in Oban, a busy port town with an interesting history.

Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and overnight at Oban Hotel.

Day 2 – Mon 12 May

After breakfast and orientation meeting, drive to Kilmartin Valley, with over 350 Neolitic and Bronza Age sacred sites. Visit Nether Largie Standing Stones believed by Alexander Thom to be an astronomical observatory. Close by are the twin Templewood Stone Circles set in a copse of trees. At this time of year the stone circles should be carpeted with bluebells in flower making for a wonderful visual treat and the perfect location for our Intention setting meditation. A short walk takes us to Nether Largie cairn  where we conclude our time in the Kilmartin Valley. On the way home we can visit the Kintraw stone a site aligned to the solstices with wonderful views.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight Oban Hotel

Day 3 – Tues 13 May

Catch the early 45 min ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull and then enjoy an hours scenic drive through Mull to the ferry onto Iona. Our full day on Iona includes Iona Abbey, with its beautiful acoustic Chapel.  St. Columba established a monastery here in 563AD that was eventually destroyed by the Vikings. Following these raids a Benedictine Abbey was established over 800 years ago. Still an active Christian community today the Abbey is open to visitors including St Columba’s cell and ancient tombstones of various kings and chieftans. Close by the Nunnery gardens are sublime and peaceful and will be full of colourful flowers.

We will meditate to connect to our spirit and angelic guides here.

Iona is on a leyline connecting it to the energies of Callanish stone circle further north in the Hebrides that we can detect by dowsing.

Catch the return ferry to Mull, dinner and overnight at Isle of Mull hotel, Mull.

Day 4 – Wed 14 May

We start the day with a visit to Lochbuie Stone Circle, a Faery circle surrounded by mountains, its location is idyllic and has a strong elemental presence. We will connect to the spirits of this land through ceremony.

Then catch the return ferry to Oban and drive to Pitlochry in the Central Highlands for the next two nights.

Evening at leisure. Overnight Pitlochry Hotel.

Day 5 – Thurs 15 May

There is no doubt that you are in a place of power, mystery and magic, where several leylines cross and the oldest surviving goddess tradition in Scotland is still kept very much 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.

Your first visit is to the Fortingall Yew, believed to be the oldest tree in Europe at 5,000 years old. It is the entrance into the magical valley of Glen Lyon and provides a living connection to the ancient wisdom of this land, because this tree started its life when the stone circles were being built.

Visit the Praying Hands of Mary, Mount Shiehallion and the 16th century St Mary´s Church, Grandtully  with a wonderful ancient painted wooden ceiling.

Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry Hotel

Day 6 – Fri 16 May

Start the day with another scenic drive to Dunfermline, the medieval capital of Scotland, where you will find energy currents coursing through the Abbey grounds. We will be happy to show you how to dowse for these energies with rods or pendulum. A leyline passes through here connecting it with many sacred sites further south in England including the former capital city of Winchester.

Continue onto your hotel in Edinburgh and check in for the next two nights two nights. Enjoy a guided visit to the historic Edinburgh Castle. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the aspects of Edinburgh that appeal to you, from Holyrood Palace to shopping on The Royal Mile.

Evening at leisure. Overnight Edinburgh Hotel

Day 7 – Sat 17 May

Today we will enjoy guided visits to Rosslyn Chapel, Gilmerton Cove and Temple.

Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by The DaVinci Code, is a remarkable building full of secrets, Green man carvings and esoteric symbolism that will fascinate you – it is like no other chapel or church you have been to before. Also visit a secret cave nearby.

Temple was once the main preceptory or headquarters of the famed Knights Templar in Scotland. Today the ruins of the church have a distinct atmosphere and Templar markings can be seen such as skull and crossbones on several gravestones.

Our final visit is to Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious system of passageways and ‘rooms’ carved out of the rock under the main street of Gilmerton. Some claim it was a Knights Templar hideout, others that it was a place of refuge from English forcesmining shafts or even a venue for the licencious activities of the infamous Hellfire Club. We will be guided through this mysterious underground system and you can ponder for yourself who created it and why.

Farewell dinner at our hotel and overnight Edinburgh Hotel

Day 8 – Sun 18 May

A one-hour drive to Glasgow airport for return flights home.

   

Included in the tour price:

  •  Pick up and drop off at Glasgow Airport
  • All ground transportation in a minibus for the duration of the tour
  • 7 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • All accommodation is on a twin/double share basis. A Single room Supplement is available at GBP 175 per person.
  • Dinner on night 1, 3, 5 and 7
  • All meditations and ceremonies
  • Stated ferry trips
  • Full time journey leaders
  • Gratuities for accommodation and listed meals.

Not included in the tour price:

  • Any airfares
  • Dinners not specified in itinerary
  • lunches
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature and incidental expenditure.

Terms and conditions:

A full list of Spiritual Quest Journeys terms and conditions is available on the Terms and Conditions page of www.spiritualquestjourneys.com Specific terms and conditions relating to this tour, are as follows:

  • This trip involves a fair amount of walking and entering an underground chamber so a medium fitness level is required.
  • To secure your space, a deposit of £ 500 is due at time of reservation. The full tour cost is due by the 1st Feb 2014. Should you book after 1st Feb, full payment is due at the time of booking.
  • Payment can be made by direct bank transfer and by credit card through PayPal (Please note that a 4% administration fee will be charged for credit card payments)
  • To ensure comfort and enjoyment, this tour accommodates a maximum of 20 pax. Please note that we require minimum numbers for this tour to operate. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, we will re-cost the journey based on the number of confirmed guests or, if possible, tailor make an itinerary best suited to your requirements. If confirmed participants choose not to accept the new costing or tailor made alternative, the journey will be cancelled and a full refund of the payment received will be given.
  • The tour has been costed in Pounds Sterling as all expenses are in same. This protects our clients from currency fluctuations and hedged conversion rates. Actual bank rates on the day of payment will apply.
  • Cancellations after payment of the deposit or balance are subject to the following penalties:
  • 60 – 90 days – full client deposit is forfeit
  • 22 – 60 days – 50% of the tour price is forfeit
  • less than 21 days – 100% of the tour price is forfeit
  • Individuals are responsible for their own personal medical, travel, baggage and flight insurance. Personal items, such as jackets, cameras, purses or daypacks are the sole responsibility of the owner.  We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance and Spiritual Quest Journeys can assist with travel insurance if required.
  • Spiritual Quest Journeys’ ground operator provides professional liability insurance cover for bodily injury and property damage up to $1 million per claim and professional liability for $1 million per claim.