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GRAND BRITISH ISLES JOURNEY

Mystery – Magic – Sacredness

September 1 - 22, 2024



Intimate Group. Limited to 24 Rooms in Single or Double occupancy!

Highly experiential and comprehensive program with some of the most prominent and sacred sites of ancient Scotland, England and Ireland, including ample opportunities for reflection, meditation and healing.
All in high-quality Hotels, Travel, Comfort, Amenities and Food!

Join 1 or 2 or 3 Tours for a Magical Journey of a Lifetime!

PART 1 – Scotland Tour – Sep 1-8, 2024
PART 2 – England Tour – Sep 8-15, 2024
PART 3 – Ireland Tour – Sep 15-22, 2024

With daily Channelled Meditations by group leader Elan Cohen
and outstanding tour guides Cameron Broughton & Glenn Broughton

ITINERARYPART 1 – Scotland Tour – Sep 1-8, 2024


The Call

Do you have Scottish ancestors who are drawing you? Or did William Wallace, Flora MacDonald or Robert the Bruce reach out down the centuries to touch you? Maybe you’ve heard the call of Bonnie Scotland within your soul like the ‘pipes’ sounding down the glens… each of us is called for a different and personal reason.

Join us in exploring some of the stunningly beautiful Western Isles and remarkable and mysterious places in the Highlands and Central Lowlands of Scotland. We are offering this journey because some of the most powerful, dramatic and magical sacred sites in the British Isles are hidden away ‘North of the Border’.

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, and so does another unseen mysterious quality – the power and energy in the land.

The Journey

The lovely harbour town of Oban is our base for three nights as we start our pilgrimage to some of the special places on the mainland in the Kilmartin Valley with the greatest concentration of sacred sites in the whole of Scotland.

Our journey continues by boat as we catch the ferry across to the Isle of Mull. We’ll journey across the Isle of Mull and enjoy the scenic drive along the island. We catch a short ferry ride over to the renowned magical Isle of Iona with its active Abbey established by St Columba.

Moving into Glen Lyon Valley in the breathtaking natural scenery of the Central Highlands we will visit sites from different periods in history that are empowered by Earth energy currents and you’ll get to touch the Fortingall Yew, reputed to be the oldest living tree in Europe. We will be based in Pitlochry for two nights as we explore this area

Then we head towards the Royal capital city Edinburgh. Towards the end of this remarkable journey, we will have a private candlelit evening guided tour of the unique Knights Templar sanctuary of Rosslyn Chapel with its many secrets. The tour ends at Edinburgh with a visit to Edinburgh Castle and time to experience a taste of royal Scottish city life.

En route we visit stone circles, faery glens, chambered cairns, an abbey, a royal castle, early saints’ churches, lochs, glens, mountains, islands, beach and ocean! Oh, and there’s a warm Scottish welcome and maybe some live traditional folk music in local pubs.

DEPARTURE to Scotland – Saturday Aug 31, 2024

Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Glasgow International Airport and arriving the next day. (D)

Day ONE: Sunday Sep 1, 2024 – Arrival day


Your guides, Cameron & Glenn Broughton, will meet you at Glasgow Airport. then travel along the banks of Loch Lomond through the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs National Park, stopping for lunch along the way to our hotel in Oban for a three-night stay.

After check-in we’ll gather for an orientation meeting to set the scene for the tour ahead.

Dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight in Oban (D)

Day TWO: Monday Sep 2, 2024


Depart hotel, then we’re off to the Kilmartin Valley with over 350 Neolithic and Bronze Age sacred sites!

This entire landscape was held to be sacred and was the focal point for spirituality by our distant ancestors. We visit Nether Largie Standing Stones, believed by Alexander Thom to be an astronomical observatory from nearly five thousand years ago.

Close by are the twin Templewood Stone Circles set in a copse of trees. It is a perfect location for our Intention Setting Meditation.

A short walk takes us to Nether Largie cairn that we can enter where we conclude our time in the Kilmartin Valley.

Free choice dinner not included in tour price

Overnight in Oban (BL)

Day THREE: Tuesday Sep 3, 2024


Our journey continues by boat as we catch the ferry across to the Isle of Mull. (You will be purchasing your own breakfast on the ferry) We’ll journey across the Isle of Mull and enjoy the scenic drive along the island, we catch a short ferry ride over to the renowned magical Isle of Iona.

Our 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 and includes St Columba’s cell and beautifully carved tombstones of many kings and chieftans. Close by, the Nunnery gardens are sublime and peaceful and will be full of colorful flowers.

Lunch at St. Columba Hotel (included in tour price)

We also offer a hike up Dun I, the only hill on Iona (optional and only for those fit enough).

This is a hike as there’s no footpath, so good walking boots/shoes are required!
Energy lines converge on the summit and the Pool of Eternal Youth is located there. 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.

We then make the return journey to Oban.

Dinner at local restaurant

Overnight in Oban (LD)

Day FOUR: Wednesday Sep 4, 2024


We start this day with a drive through the glorious scenery of Glen Coe, dubbed the most romantic glen in Scotland, and view the dramatically located Castle Stalker.

Onward to our palatial hotel in Pitlochry in the Central Highlands, where we will stay for two nights.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore Pitlochry that has a good selection of shops and restaurants as well as two whisky distilleries (that offer guided tours & tastings!) and nearby Blair Castle.

Dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Pitlochry (BD)

Day FIVE: Thursday Sep 5, 2024


We are aware that we are in a place of power, mystery and magic, where several leylines cross and the oldest surviving goddess tradition in Scotland is still kept alive by the locals. Mt Shiehallion to the north is the protective guardian and source of power, a fairymountain and portal into the inner Earth.

Our first visit is to the sixteenth century St Mary’s church at Grandtully, that has a wonderful ancient painted wooden ceiling and was built on a power centre originally used by the gnostic Culdee church.

We then visit the energetic stone spiral of Croft Moraig, which is a horseshoe of stones surrounded by a bank and a stone circle, a design that is reminiscent of Stonehenge in England.

Lunch at local restaurant (included in tour price)

After lunch we’ll visit 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 us with a living connection to the ancient wisdom of this land because this tree started its life when the stone circles were being built. Heading north over the River Lyon to the foothills of Mt. Schiehallion we’ll connect with the energies of this sacred crystal mountain as we take a circular path at the base of the mountain.

Dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Pitlochry (BLD)

Day SIX: Friday Sep 6, 2024


Today we head South to Edinburgh, we’ll check in and have lunch at our hotel before leaving for Roslynn Chapel for the afternoon and evening. In the afternoon we’ll have time to explore the Chapel, visit the gift shop and exhibits. After hours we will stay on at the Chapel for a private candlelit visit to the chapel made famous by The DaVinci Code. It is a remarkable building full of secrets, Green Man carvings and esoteric symbolism that our guide will tell us about. It is like no other chapel or church you have been to before.

Light Finger food dinner at Rosslyn Chapel

Overnight in Edinburgh (BLD)

Day SEVEN: Saturday Sep 7, 2024


Today is a free day for you to explore the aspects of Edinburgh that appeal to you, from Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace (home of the Scottish parliament), Arthur’s Seat (with spectacular views over the city), Mary King’s Close (an underground labyrinth of seventeenth century streets), Scottish National Museum to shopping on The Royal Mile and much more *below

Closing circle before dinner

Farewell dinner at Hotel (lunch not included)

Overnight in Edinburgh (BD)

*EDINBURGH’S TOP ELEVEN ATTRACTIONS

View Details of the Attractions
  1. Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle has sat regally atop Castle Rock for 800 years. The Scottish Crown Jewels are on display in the castle and St Margaret’s Chapel, within the castle grounds, is the oldest freestanding building in Edinburgh, dating to the twelfth century, a royal residence until 1633 and then primarily used as military barracks. Its claim to fame, that it was “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world”.
    Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
  2. The Real Mary King’s Close
    For years, the hidden 17th century Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die. Come and hear these enthralling stories on a tour of Mary King’s Close
    Tucked away just off the Royal Mile at 2 Warriston’s Close, EH1 1PG
  3. Camera Obscura
    Welcome to the oldest visitor attraction in Edinburgh, delighting visitors since 1835.
    Don’t miss this Aladdin’s cave filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences and unbelievable effects to experience and interact with.
    Serve your own head up on a silver platter, visit the room where little and large become inter-changeable, and pick the people of Edinburgh up in your hand in the city’s 150 year old Camera Obscura show.
    Castlehill, EH1 2ND
  4. National Museum of Scotland
    Discover the delights of the natural world, explore world cultures and enthuse at treasures from around the world. Featuring a diverse range of art and design exhibits, interactive displays and games, a visit to the National Museum of Scotland will appeal to all ages.
    The huge variety of galleries and exhibitions in this grand and visually stunning building means that you could quite easily spend an entire day here.
    Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
  5. National Galleries of Scotland
    Edinburgh is home to three of the National Galleries of Scotland:
    a) The Scottish National Gallery
    In the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery boasts some of the world’s finest art by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet and Raphael.
    The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL
    b) Scottish National Portrait Gallery
    This beautiful red sandstone building can be found in the New Town, and is home to over 3,000 portraits of men, women and children from Scotland and beyond.
    1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD
    c) Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
    Just a short taxi ride from the city centre, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art has three main spaces: Modern One hosts the gallery’s permanent collection, Modern Two has ever-changing exhibitions and displays, and an expansive park full of fascinating sculptures. It’s a must for any modern art fan in the city.
    75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR
  6. The Scott Monument
    The largest monument to a writer in the world commemorating the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott.
    Built in the 19th century, it is one of the most striking landmarks in the Edinburgh city skyline.
    Climb the 287 steps to the top and enjoy breath-taking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside.
    East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ
  7. Palace of Holyroodhouse
    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Have a look at the State Apartments, including the Throne Room and the Morning Drawing Room, where The Queen gives private audiences to the likes of the First Minister of Scotland and the Lord High Commissioner.
    You can also take a look at Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers, where she resided after her return from France in 1561, which offers a fascinating insight into how our monarchs lived during that time.
    Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
  8. The Queen’s Gallery
    The Queen’s Gallery, located in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in November 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
    Now, it hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. A worthwhile stop on a visit to the Royal Mile.
    Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
  9. The Scottish Parliament
    Edinburgh’s Old Town is home to Scotland’s thoroughly modern Parliament building. Open to visitors Monday-Saturday, why not take advantage of a free tour and learn about its history, work and contemporary architecture? You can even visit a debating chamber and if Parliament is in session, view proceedings from the public gallery.
    Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
  10. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Enjoy a gentle stroll through Edinburgh’s stunning botanic gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents throughout the changing seasons. Have a stroll through the charming outdoor gardens, or journey through a warmer climate and discover exotic plants in the Glasshouse.
    Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
  11. The Scotch Whisky Experience
    Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. From the gently swaying fields of barley all the way through the distillery equipment to the steaming and bubbling Pot Still.
    Experience for yourself the varying aromas of our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram. Enter the vault containing the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting of your dram.
    354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

Day EIGHT: Sunday Sep 8, 2024


This morning after breakfast, there is a one-hour drive to Glasgow Airport for return flights home or continue on to England!

ITINERARYPART 2 – England Tour – Sep 8-15, 2024


The Journey

A spiritual mystery can best be approached only indirectly, from off to one side; and so, we approach mysterious Albion or England via the ancient Celtic Lands of England’s far Southwest. West Penwith, the ‘toe’ of land at the foot of Britain is surrounded by the ocean from which it defends itself with mighty coastal cliffs; it has survived almost like a land out of time

St. Michael’s Mount, dedicated to the Archangel Michael, is accessible at low tide by a pedestrian causeway and at high tide only by small local boats. The site of both a former monastery and a military castle its history reflects the duality of life. The majestic isle is a paramount place to reflect on this lesson where the powerful Michael/Mary and European Apollo/Athena Earth energy currents all converge.

We are drawn by the mysterious sounding names of Nanjizal Bay, Men-an-tol and Boscawen-Un and for good reason because they have not only retained their Celtic names but also their power. The heavily crystal-studded granite underlying this land conducts powerful Earth energy currents to each of the sacred sites, and surprisingly there are more ancient sacred sites per square mile here than anywhere else on Earth. Their isolation within this beautiful rugged landscape has helped to preserve so many of them. Each person connects with the sites in their own way, we will offer instruction in dowsing for the energy, have time for meditation and conduct ceremonies.

We tread half-forgotten country paths that lead to secret holy wells, lone standing stones, castles, cromlechs, a cave and hidden stone circles. Every stone and flower comes vibrantly to life under the glow of the special Cornish light. This is no fanciful notion but a reality that has attracted many artists to live and paint in Cornwall.

After our time immersed in this special land we travel to the north Cornish coast to arrive at Tintagel. The castle ruins which sit atop the cliffs mark the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. There have been few more evocative and appealing stories throughout history than that of the young warrior king. With its call to the noble, the romantic, the courageous and the spiritual seeker in each of us how can we fail to be drawn to this legend? By walking this land on our own Grail quest we find answers, often in the most unlikely of places.

It may be down below on the beach in Merlin’s Cave, accessible only at low tide or at a stone circle hidden in a place out of time…

Our journey brings us back east to the healing waters of Bath and to Wells a medieval city with its Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, and a day in the spiritual mecca of Glastonbury visiting the Abbey, Chalice Well and the Tor.

We close our time in mythical England with private out-of-hours special access to the world-famous stone circle Stonehenge, which has many secrets to share…

DEPARTURE to England – Saturday Sep 7, 2024

Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Bristol Airport and arriving the next day. (D)

Day ONE: Sunday Sep 8, 2024 – Arrival day


The group who have been in Scotland with us and who are continuing with Elan’s tour in England will fly from Glasgow to Bristol Airport, where they will be met by our coach and transferred to our hotel in Bristol, Somerset.

Those people joining the tour in England will be met at London Heathrow Airport by Sacred Site Explorer hosts, and transferred to our hotel in Bristol. You are free to make your own way to our Bristol Hotel as well, if you are traveling in England prior to the beginning of the tour.

Welcome Dinner (included)

Overnight in Bristol (D)

Day TWO: Monday Sep 9, 2024


This morning we journey to the Southwest of England to the county of Cornwall.

We visit the environmental charity The Eden Project, that is promoting good guardianship of the Earth.

We begin our journey in present day England, visiting an environmental and educational project, building relationships between people and the natural world at The Eden Project. Our hope is to weave what we’ll learn from our ancestors during our time in England with our experience of our planet today. The Eden Projects ethos invites us to connect with the land, much like our ancestors did, and teaches us to be better custodians of our planet Earth. In their words, “The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. The Eden Project is in Cornwall, UK, nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens.”

Lunch at the Eden Project (included)

Dinner at Hotel (included)

Overnight in St. Ives (BLD)

Day THREE: Tuesday Sep 10, 2024


This morning we’ll drive to the coastal town of Marazion, from where we cross to St. Michael’s Mount, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It is accessible at low tide by a pedestrian causeway and at high tide only by small local boats. The site of both a former monastery and a military castle its history reflects the duality of life. What better place to reflect on this lesson than the majestic isle which is the crossing point of the powerful Michael/Mary and European Apollo/Athena Earths energy currents.

Lunch in Marazion overlooking the Mount (included)

We continue our journey along the Michael & Mary Earth energy lines, which will bring us to Boscawen-un-Stone Circle; one of the three mighty Gorsedds of the Druidic Bards, set in remote heathland, this intact stone circle is considered by many to be the most powerful in all England!

Dinner at Hotel (included)

Overnight in St. Ives (BLD)

Day FOUR: Wednesday Sep 11, 2024


This morning we depart Penzance for our hotel in Tintagel on the north shore of Cornwall. En route, we’ll visit the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle. The museum’s purpose is to present a well-rounded view of witchcraft and the importance of Wise Women and Cunning Men to village life.

Followed by free choice lunch in Boscastle.

Following lunch, we’ll take a magical walk alongside a stream through the beautiful wooded St. Nectan’s Glen to arrive at its 60ft high waterfall, keive and the hermitage cell used by St. Nectan. This has been a place of reverence since Celtic times and is now a shrine with the waters flowing through it. We are welcome to use it for meditation and lighting candles. Some believe it to be amongst the ten most important spiritual sites in England.

Dinner at Hotel (included)

Overnight in Tintagel (BD)

Day FIVE: Thursday Sep 12, 2024

Today we spend the day in Tintagel, the renowned birthplace of King Arthur. All sites in Tintagel are dominated by everything Arthurian and you’ll have the opportunity to re-live the stories of the Arthurian legend.

Traveling back in time, we may discover how these archetypes can help us in our world today. We’ll learn the stories of the Arthurian legend and about the lives of the fabled Knights of the Round Table, as we visit King Arthur’s Great Halls, constructed entirely of crystal-studded granite using sacred geometry in its layout.

Then we cross the footbridge that is now the only means of access to Tintagel Castle, the fabled birthplace of Arthur, which sits in splendid isolation on its rocky promontory.

Descending the castle cliffs to the beach below, we’ll enter Merlin’s Cave, accessible only for a short time at low tide each day.
(Order of the day may change according to the tide schedule.)

Dinner at Hotel (included)

Overnight in Tintagel (BD)

Day SIX: Friday Sep 13, 2024


Leaving our hotel in Tintagel, we head East following the Michael Leyline to Glastonbury, the legendary Isle of Avalon.

We start our visit at Glastonbury Abbey, once the largest and most powerful abbey in all of Britain and the reputed resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere. Here we meet the Michael and Mary Earth Energy currents that run along the St Michael leyline.

We have a long lunch break to allow time to explore the myriad of alternative shops such as ‘Man, Myth & Magik’, ‘The Speaking Tree’ or ‘The Goddess & the Green Man’.

Rising dramatically from the flat land of the surrounding Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor has been a beacon of spirituality since pagan times and still acts as a magnet for people of all beliefs. You will hear the stories and the legends as well as experience the powerful energy and atmosphere of this sacred site. The views from the top are spectacular!

At its foot lies Chalice Well, a true healing place in this land, and you are encouraged to drink from the holy well where, a local story tells, the Holy Grail is hidden.

Free choice dinner not included in tour price

Overnight in Bath (B)

Day SEVEN: Saturday Sep 14, 2024


Early morning special access visit to Stonehenge . We have arranged for our group to have private special access inside the stones of the world’s most famous sacred site. Standing inside the huge megaliths which have stood in magnificent isolation on the windswept Salisbury Plain for thousands of years, you can feel the pulse of powerful earth energy currents coursing beneath your feet, imagine the ceremonies which have been performed by robed priests over eons of time or just sit in quiet meditation. This is a rare opportunity to truly experience this World Heritage Site revered by countless generations.

We return to our hotel for breakfast

The city of Bath is surrounded by seven hills and the hot thermal springs were revered in Pagan times and enclosed by the Romans into their bath-houses and temples. The city developed over the centuries and today it boasts the finest Georgian architecture in Britain including the famed Royal Crescent.

You will have the rest of the day to explore the many attractions that Bath offers, including:

  • Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour of the City of Bath
  • The Roman Baths where the hot thermal waters rise, this was once an oracular site and temple complex.
  • Or experience the hot mineral baths at Britain’s original and only natural Thermae Bath Spa.
  • You may also wish to visit the sixteenth century Bath Abbey.
  • Shop above the river in the tiny stores on the spectacular Pulteney Bridge modelled on Venice’s Ponte di Rialto.
  • Bath has a fantastic range of shops for those in need of retail therapy or to find the perfect gift.
  • Literature lovers won’t want to miss the Jane Austin Centre.
  • For fabric lovers there is the Lace Museum.

Farewell Circle followed by dinner

Overnight in Bath (BD)

Day EIGHT: Sunday Sep 15, 2024


This morning after breakfast you will depart for Heathrow Airport for your flight home or continue with us onto Ireland from Bristol Airport!

ITINERARYPART 3 – Ireland Tour – Sep 15-22, 2024


The Call

There is a magic about Ireland which is recognized by people worldwide, maybe because its name means Land of the Goddess Eriu. Be open to magic and it will happen! – our Celtic ancestors knew this and they are inviting you to do the same…

The varied landscape of lush green meadows, mountain ranges and spectacular coastline certainly lead one to believe that this land is blessed and stories of fairy folk and leprechauns also reflect the belief that the land has magical guardians. Our pilgrimage will take us back in time and into the realms of myth, legend and deep wisdom as we make a journey through some of the most magical counties of the Republic of Ireland, visiting sites revered as sacred by Pagans and Christians for thousands of years. This opens a doorway for each of us to discover forgotten aspects of our inner world…

The Journey

After collection from Dublin airport, we start our journey heading southwest to Killarney, County Kerry, opening with our first connection to the land at the Neolithic Grange Stone Circle. Moving further south into Munster province we will be treated to spectacular scenery as we drive around the world-famous Ring of Kerry and stop halfway to discover some of Ireland’s early heritage at Cahergal Stone Fort and the early standing stones of Eightercua Stone Row, standing sentinels through Millenia. We stay in world-renowned *Killarney*and sample traditional Irish music and maybe a pint of Guinness in one of the many local pubs.

Heading north we weave our way north on the Wild Atlantic Way along the spectacular west Irish coast and stop at the Cliffs of Moher to take a walk on the wild side. On the west coast in County Sligo we go back in time to the Neolithic as we explore Ireland’s largest megalithic complex at Carrrowmore. Our guide will explain the original purpose of the monument builders, why they built them here and what beliefs these people had, food for thought as we make comparisons with our modern world. There will also be free time to explore the county town of Sligo.
Enjoy Mischievous Irish humour, traditional music, storytelling, and maybe another Guinness in Sligo the lively town that inspired the Irish poet W B Yeats,…

Continuing on our pilgrimage we travel across Ireland to connect with the energetic and spiritual centre of Eire at the Hill of Uisneach where our passionate guide will bring the story of this land alive for us.
Spirituality, history, mystery, legends, breathtaking scenery and lots of green…

We are then in the eastern province of Leinster, where we get a bird’s eye view of seventeen counties from the top of Loughcrew or Slieve na Caillighe- the Mountain of the Witch. This mystical site has been revered beyond memory and for good reason, magic and secrets reside here. What symbolism will you see in the stone carvings within the mighty cairn?

The ancient seat of the high kings of Ireland at Tara is the traditional center of this province, located by a holy well. What secrets will it share with us? Energy currents empower each of the sacred centres on the hilltop.

Finally, across the Boyne Valley we visit Newgrange and Knowth cairns, Ireland’s most famous Neolithic sites. We enter deep into the centre of Newgrange cairn, a place that was used for spiritual ceremony before Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids were built! At Knowth we see some of the finest Neolithic stone carvings in Europe.

Our hotel base for this last section of the trip is in Dublin so you’ll get a taste of Ireland’s capital city.

DEPARTURE to Ireland – Saturday Sep 14, 2024


Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Dublin International Airport and arriving the next day. (D)

Day ONE: Sunday Sep 15, 2024 – Arrival day


Hotel Check-in time 3:00 PM

After collection from Dublin Airport we drive to our hotel in Killarney, in County Kerry for 2 nights. Each traveler should buy their lunch to go, to eat on the coach as it’s a 2½ hr drive to our first stop. En route we will open the circle for our journey at the Neolithic Grange Stone Circle. This stone circle is named after the sun Goddess, Grainne and is one of the most beautiful intact circles in Ireland, evoking myth and mystery and stirring our souls.

Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Killarney (D)

Day TWO: Monday Sep 16, 2024 


Killarney is at the entrance to a peninsula of outstanding natural beauty with Dingle Bay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and Bantry Bay to the south. At the Eastern end, near Killarney, is Lough Leane and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, a mountain range containing the highest peak in Ireland.

The Ring of Kerry is a circular road around the peninsula allowing us to experience the breathtaking views and stop halfway to discover some of Ireland’s early heritage at Cahergal Stone Fort and the early standing stones of Eightercua Stone Row, standing sentinels through Millenia.

We’ll have lunch half way around the ring at a local restaurant (included)

We will spend the night in Killarney, an ideal place to experience ‘the craic’ of listening
to traditional Irish music

Dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Killarney (BLD)

Day THREE: Tuesday Sep 17, 2024 


Having immersed ourselves in the Celtic land & seascape of Southwest Ireland, we head north on the coastal path, The Wild Atlantic Way, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, to walk along and witness Ireland’s most breathtaking and dramatic coastline.

These cliffs tell the story of over 350 million years of greeting the Atlantic Ocean… We will have lunch at the Visitor Centre at Ireland’s most popular attraction. After our exhilarating visit, we’ll head north to County Sligo to the seaside town of Sligo for two nights.

Dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Sligo (BD)

Day FOUR: Wednesday Sep 18, 2024 


Free morning to explore the town of Sligo, including its ruined abbey and the WB Yeats museum.

Lunch on your own followed by a group visit to Carrowmore.

Carrowmore is the largest megalithic complex in Ireland, covering more than 1 ½ square miles. We will have a guided tour of the site that includes thirty passage cairns, together forming an oval shape, many of which have a dolmen at their centre. The sacred mountain of Knocknarea, with Maebh’s Cairn on top, is visible to the northwest.

Free choice dinner not included

Overnight in Sligo (B)

Day FIVE: Thursday Sep 19, 2024 


This morning we depart Sligo, heading East to Dublin, our base for three nights. En route we will have a guided visit to the geographic and energetic centre of Ireland at the The Hill of Uisneach, where we’ll see the Stone of Divisions (the Catstone) from where Ireland was divided into provinces.

Lunch at local restaurant near Uisneach (not included)

Dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Dublin (BD)

Day SIX: Friday Sep 20, 2024 


Anthony Murphy, author of ‘Newgrange: Monument to Immortality’, will be our expert Irish guide for the next two days to share his wisdom with us as we experience the sacred sites of the Boyne Valley.

Today we visit the Bru na Boinne visitor center to learn about Newgrange and Knowth cairns, Ireland’s most famous Neolithic sites.

Knowth, a complex of cairns, has the finest Neolithic stone carvings in Europe, decorating most of the kerbstones around the base of the main cairn; this feels like a real world Hobbitland!

We will be guided inside Newgrange cairn, known as a passage tomb but also a place of initiation and spiritual rites of passage. It is aligned such that the midwinter solstice sunrise sends a shaft of light that extends deep inside the passage to the central chambers.

Dinner & Show at CELTIC NIGHTS IN DUBLIN

Overnight in Dublin (BD)

Day SEVEN: Saturday Sep 21, 2024 


This morning we visit Tara, the royal centre of the ancient capital of Leinster and the place where the king undertook the ‘Ban Fheis’ or sacred marriage to the goddess in order to secure fertility and wellbeing for the land and his people. Its importance grew until the king of Tara was also seen as the High King of all Ireland, but only after undertaking tests to prove his rightfulness to be king.

We explore the complex of sites at Tara including Grainne’s (Sun Goddess) Mound, the Mound of the Hostages, the Stone of Destiny (Lia Fáil) and Teach Cormaic.

Lunch at Tara (included)

Closing circle and farewell to Ireland dinner at Hotel

Overnight in Dublin (BLD)

Day EIGHT: Sunday Sep 22, 2024


Depart to Dublin Airport for return flights home! (B)

OUR HOTELS

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transportation on arrival/departure – to and from airport/hotel:
    • One collection from and return to Glasgow International Airport for Part 1
    • One collection from and return to Heathrow International Airport for Part 2
    • One collection from and return to Dublin International Airport for Part 3
  • When registering for two or three tours (Part 1 - 2 - 3), an internal flight from Glasgow to Bristol and from Heathrow to Dublin is included.
  • Deluxe bus tour
  • Entry to all listed sites, churches, monasteries, museums and parks including the special private access evening at Rosslyn Chapel
  • All lectures, activities, meditations
  • Accommodation in 4* star hotels for Scotland & Ireland and 3&4* star hotels for England
  • Meals per Itinerary:
    • Scotland – All breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 3 Lunches

    • England – All breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 2 Lunches
    • 
Ireland – All breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 2 Lunches


  • Festive Welcome Dinners
  • Festive Farewell Dinners
  • Gratuities to tour guides & bus drivers
  • Porterage in and out of each hotel for 1 suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage per person

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare from your country, and back to your country
  • Travel Insurance (Cancellation and Medical Insurance)
  • Visa and/or passport charges
  • Charges for personal services (i.e. laundry, drinks, telephone calls, personal clothing)
  • Extra meals not included in itinerary, sodas, juices and alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities to waiters, hotel and restaurant staff – at your discretion
  • Any item that is not specified as being included

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