Scotland – Highlands & Islands
Journey Leaders: Cameron & Glenn Broughton
The Isles of Iona and Mull speak of spirituality within the landscape. Their stunning beauty and dramatic location certainly help, as does another unseen mysterious quality – the power and energy in the land.
The Highlands of Scotland conjure images of a mythical Celtic landscape imbued with an ethereal quality. Rosslyn Chapel, the ancient capital of Dunfermline and the royal city of Edinburgh are shrouded in mystery and legends of former times – to whom do they call…?
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.
Join Spiritual Quest Journeys on a mystical journey of the magical Highlands, Lowlands and Islands of Scotland including the Isles of Iona and Mull; the fascinating Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh. Don’t miss the Optional add-on tour: Orkneys´Mysteries Revealed (see below)
9 days | £ 1 995 per person | 16 – 24 September 2016
The lovely sheltered harbor town of Oban, set in a dramatic location in the Firth of Lorn is the gateway to the islands. It is also our base as we explore some of the special places on the mainland in the Kilmartin Valley with the greatest concentration of sacred sites in the whole of Scotland.
It is from Oban that we catch the island-hopping ferry over to Mull and visit Lochbuie, a magical stone circle off the beaten track in a glorious location. After a scenic drive along the island we catch a short ferry ride over to the renowned 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 you 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, stopping en route at the ancient capital of Scotland, Dunfermline. Dunfermline Abbey was established almost a thousand years ago and became a centre of pilgrimage to St Margaret. Early kings and queens of Scotland were buried here, as was Robert the Bruce whose tomb we find located on an energy line. You will have time to enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the medieval herb garden of the fifteenth century Abbot House overlooking the Abbey.
Towards the end of this remarkable journey we will have a special guided tour of the Knights Templar sanctuary of Rosslyn Chapel with its many secrets. You’ll also be escorted to a secret hillside cave and to Temple, the principal Templar preceptory in Scotland, granted to the order by King David l in 1127. The tour ends at Edinburgh with a visit to Edinburgh Castle and time to experience a taste of royal Scottish city life.
On route: visit stone circles, faery glens, chambered cairns, an abbey, 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 on free evenings.
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.
|Duration:||9 days/8 nights|
|Dates:||16 – 24 September 2016|
|Price per person sharing:||£ 1 995 (Great British Pounds)|
|Single Supplement:||£ 200|
|Journey Leaders:||Glenn & Cameron Broughton|
|Location of nights spent:||2 nights Oban; 1 night Mull; 2 nights Pitlochry (Central Highlands); 3 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:||Glasgow Airport – pick up at 11 AM (flights must arrive before 10 AM)|
|Departure point:||Glasgow Airport – drop off at 11 AM. Please ensure your flights are booked for after 1 PM and after 12 Noon for the optional add on tour drop off|
Optional add on tour:
Orkneys´Mysteries Revealed 24 – 27 Sept 2015 (4 days/3 nights)
£ 995 per person sharing; Single room supplement:£ 80
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.
Day 1 – Fri, 16 Sept
Your guides, Cameron & Glenn Broughton, will meet you at Glasgow Airport and immediately your adventure begins as we travel along the banks of Loch Lomond through the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs National Park to our hotel in Oban. Oban is a small but bustling port town with a beautiful bay and a colourful history. Our hotel is right on the Promenade with gorgeous views across the Bay
Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and overnight at Oban Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2 – Sat, 17 Sept
After breakfast and orientation meeting, drive to Kilmartin Valley, with over 350 Neolitic and Bronza Age sacred sites. This entire landscape was held to be sacred and was the focal point for spirituality by our distant ancestors. 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 on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 3 – Sun, 18 Sept
Today is a special day as we approach the Autumn Equinox. 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 Mull hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 4 – Mon, 19 Sept
We start our Autumn Equinox celebration 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 on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 5 – Tues, 20 Sept
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 here 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 and built on a power centre originally used by the gnostic Culdee Church.
Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 6 – Wed, 21 Sept
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.
Dunfermline Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important cultural sites housing the remains of many kings and queens of Scotland along with Robert the Bruce whose tomb lies close by the pulpit. Enjoy lunch overlooking the abbey at Abbot House Garden, laid out with medicinal herbs as it was in the seventeenth century.
Continue onto your hotel in Edinburgh and check in for the next three nights. Enjoy a guided visit to the historic Edinburgh Castle that 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 free-standing building in Edinburgh, dating to the twelfth century.
Evening at leisure. Overnight Edinburgh Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 7 – Thurs, 22 Sept
Today is free for you to explore the aspects of Edinburgh that appeal to you, from Holyrood Palace, Mary King’s Close (an underground labyrinth of seventeenth century streets) to shopping on The Royal Mile.
Evening at leisure. Overnight Edinburgh Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 8 – Fri, 23 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. We will also visit the ruins of Rosslyn Castle across the valley from the Chapel and 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.
Farewell dinner at our hotel and overnight Edinburgh Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 9 – Sat, 24 Sept
A one-hour drive to Glasgow airport for return flights home OR continue with us to Orkney for the optional extra tour.
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: ORKNEYS´ MYSTERIES REVEALED
Day 1 – Sat, 24 Sept
The group flies to Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney from Glasgow International Airport (included). After arriving we will check into our hotel in Kirkwall and then begin our exploration of this wondrous island filled with megalithic mysteries! We’ll visit the Rennibister Earth House, which is believed to be around 3000 years old, rediscovered in 1926 by a farmer. Travelling down the road we will end our day at Maeshowe chambered cairn. The internal chamber is considered to be the best Neolithic tomb in all of North-West Europe, over 5000 years old. The chamber is aligned with the midwinter solstice as the sun enters its passageway at this important time of year. Upon entering the chambered tomb you’ll be in awe of the amazing stonework as well as the later twelfth century Viking graffiti!
Evening at leisure. Overnight Kirkwall Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2 – Sun, 25 Sept
Today we continue our pilgrimage of this sacred landscape, visiting Stennes Stone Circle and the Ring of Brodgar, Neolithic temples dedicated to the sun and moon. On our previous visit we dowsed strong energy currents connecting all these sites within the landscape. In between them is the ongoing excavation at the Ness of Brodgar, which may well rewrite the neolithic history of Britain. All these sites and Maeshowe are inter-visible one from the other.
We conclude our day visiting the ancient Neolithic village by the shore of the Bay of Skaill, Skara Brae. This village is said to have been inhabited for about 600 years between 3200BC and 2200BC. We will discover and see how developed our ancestors were with the architecture still preserved on site today.
Evening at leisure. Overnight Kirkwall Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 3 – Mon, 26 Sept
This morning we will visit the Italian Chapel, a remarkable testament to the power of love over war. This labour of love was designed and constructed by Italian prisoners of war during world war II and still has a powerfully emotional effect on visitors. Then we visit St Magnus Cathedral, a fine example of Romanesque architecture, started in the twelfth century and still an active place of worship today. The neighbouring Bishop’s Palace, constructed at the same time, is now an atmospheric ruin with a tower from which you can look down over the cathedsral and the town. The seventeenth century Earl’s Palace, also now a ruin, is our last port of call.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kirkwall, including its fine museum, to do last minute shopping or to discover the harbour area.
Farewell Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Kirkwall Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 4 – Tues, 27 Sept
This morning we will fly back to Glasgow International Airport for you to either catch a flight home (no earlier than 12 noon), or to stay on for personal post-tour time in Glasgow
- Pick up and drop off at Glasgow Airport
- All ground transportation in a minibus for the duration of the tour
- 8 nights en-suite accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
- All accommodation is on a twin/double share basis. A Single room Supplement is available at GBP 200 per person (subject to availability)
- 4 dinners
- All meditations and ceremonies
- Stated ferry trips
- Full time journey leaders
- Gratuities for accommodation and listed meals
- Third party Liability Insurance
For the Optional add on Orkneys´Mysteries Revealed tour: 25 – 27 Sept 2015
Included in the tour price:
- Internal flight: Glasgow to Kirkwall
- All ground transportation for the duration of the tour
- 2 nights en-suite accommodation on a twin/double shared & bed and breakfast basis. A single room supplement is available at GBP 80 per person (subject to availability)
- Farewell dinner on night 2
- Full time journey leaders
- Gratuities for accommodation and listed meals
- Third party Liability Insurance
- Any airfares (excluding internal fare on optional extra add on tour)
- Dinners not specified in itinerary
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
- Items of a personal nature and incidental expenditure.
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 £ 450 is due at time of reservation for the main tour and a £ 250 deposit for the add on tour. The full tour cost is due 75 days prior to departure. Should you book within the 75 days prior to travel, 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.
- Please limit your luggage to one medium sized suitcase and a small backpack per person.
- The tour has been costed in British 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.
- Journey Leaders - Cameron & Glenn Broughton
- Dates - 16 - 24 September 2016
- Cost - £ 1 995 per person