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 Island 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.
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.
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 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 Iona.
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 forces, mining 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.
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