Mythical Scotland, Mystical Journey
Join Spiritual Quest Journeys on a mystical journey of the magical western Isles of Scotland – The Hebrides and fascinating Edinburgh.
10 days | £ 1 995 | 15 – 24 Sept 2013
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, Hebridean and Druidic heritage. Attune to the powerful Ley line energies. Travel by coach and ferry to the Celtic Isles of Lewis and Harris, natural paradise Isles of North and South Uist and Benbecula, Oban, Mull and the sacred Isle of Iona.
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 ~ Autumn Equinox celebration at Lochbuie Stone Circle ~ Sites made famous by The DaVinci Code ~ Edinburgh.
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.
The Western Isles – the Hebrides
The Hebrides, pronounced ‘heb-ra-dees’, comprises the Outer Hebrides and the Inner Hebrides. The Hebrides as a whole are sometimes referred to as the Western Isles but this term more correctly just refers to the Outer Hebrides, which were once known as The Long Island as they stretch for 100 miles just off the northwest coast of Scotland.
The islands of Lewis and Harris, North and South Uist and Benbecula (days 1-4 on our journey) are part of the Outer Hebrides. Mull and Iona (days 6-7) are part of the Inner Hebrides.
The Western Isles have a long history of human habitation and we will be visiting some sites as old as Stonehenge – c.5000 years old. There is a major leyline running north/south called the Callanish line with its associated feminine and masculine earth energy currents. We will find these present at both Callanish and Iona.
Day 1 – Sun, 15 Sept
You will be met at Stornoway airport on the Isle of Lewis after your connecting flight from Glasgow. Relax at the hotel or explore the harbour town.
After the welcome and orientation, enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight at the Royal Hotel in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Day 2 – Mon 16 Sept
After breakfast and morning briefing, explore 5,000 years of history through some remarkable sites.
We start with a visit to the ‘White House’ and ‘Blackhouse’ at Arnol giving us an atmospheric glimpse into the lives of local Hebrideans, through the centuries, since Viking times. Then we visit Dun Carloway Broch overlooking Loch Roag. This is one of the most well preserved round stone houses in the Hebrides built around the time of Jesus. We conclude the day by exploring the three stone circles of Callanish. This Neolithic complex is amongst the finest to be found anywhere and is known as ‘Scotland’s Stonehenge’. We will learn about the astronomical alignments of the site and connect with the power within the land through meditation and ceremony.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at the Royal Hotel, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Day 3 – Tues 17 Sept
Drive through the stunningly beautiful scenery of the adjoining isles of Lewis and Harris. We catch the ferry from Harris to North Uist and spend the afternoon visiting Pobull Fhinn circle, a beautiful dreaming circle on moorland, overlooking a sea-loch and nearby Barpa Langais Chambered Cairn for drumming and deep meditation into the Earth. The nature of this site allows us to dream our dreams, to create our best vision of ourselves, the world, and to send them out into the universe.
Visit Teampull Na Troin, a ruined church, which was a former spiritual university in the Middle Ages – people came from all over Europe to study here. The energy is magnificent here, on the edge of a sea-loch, and a great place for connecting to ancient wisdom. En route, we visit the Lady of the Isles, a stunning 1960’s statue of Mary holding the child Jesus aloft, placed directly on the Callanish energy line.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at The Polochar In Lochboisdale (South Uist)
Day 4 – Wed 18 Sept
We catch the ferry to Oban on the mainland, a enjoyable 5 ½ -hour trip, part of which, is through the beautiful Sound of Mull. With much to assimilate and integrate, spend an enjoyable afternoon at leisure or exploring the historic port town of Oban.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Glenburnie Hotel, Oban.
Day 5 – Thurs 19 Sept
Today we will drive to Kilmartin Valley, with over 150 sacred sites. Visit the visitors centre and some of the sacred sites including Stone Avenue and Templewood stone circle, with a cist & chambered cairn.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Glenburnie Hotel, Oban.
Day 6 – Fri 20 Sept
Catch the early 45-minute Oban – Craignure, Mull ferry, then enjoy an hour’s scenic drive through Mull to the ferry terminal over to Iona. Spend a glorious day on Iona being open to diverse connections. Highlights include St. Columba’s chair where the saint used to meditate and where the Callanish energy line comes in; Iona Abbey, with its beautiful acoustic Chapel, and the beautiful Nunnery Gardens.
Catch the return ferry to Mull, dinner and overnight at Isle of Mull hotel, Mull.
Day 7 – Sat 21 Sept
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 shall celebrate the Autumn Equinox within the energetic stones here.
We then catch the return ferry to Oban before driving to the capital city of Edinburgh, our home for the last 3 nights of our journey
Dinner at our hotel and overnight The Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh.
Day 8 – Sun 22 Sept
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. After lunch at a hotel in Roslin, we visit the Preceptory at Temple, a church built by the Knights Templar. After which, we go to Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious system of passageways and ‘rooms’ carved out of the rock under the main street of Gilmerton.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight The Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh.
Day 9 – Mon 23 Sept
Our final day starts with 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.
Farewell dinner at our hotel. Overnight The Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh.
Day 10 – Tues 24 Sept
A one-hour drive to Glasgow airport for return flights home.
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