TOUR ITINERARY: Knights Templar and Celtic Sites of Scotland & Iona
Led by John Van Auken
Day 1: Depart USA For Glasgow.
Day 2: Arrive in Glasgow with a half day of sight-seeing before checking into your hotel. Overnight in Glasgow with welcome dinner. Marriott Hotel, Glasgow. (D)
Day 3/4: 10.00am morning departure from Glasgow so that we can experience the sacred sites of the Isle of Arran. Upon arrival we will have lunch on our own. Afternoon to relax at the ASPA Spa at the Auchrannie Resort, for complete list of services http://auchrannie.co.uk/pamper-play/pamper.html email firstname.lastname@example.org Optional if one wishes to explore more of the island we can visit the beautiful Holy Island of Lamlash, a sacred place with a Buddhist colony. On Tuesday we will experience the magnificent collection of Stone Circles, Standing Stones and Cairn.
We will overnight at our hotel on Arran, The Douglas Hotel for two nights. (B&D)
Day 5: Early morning departure (depart hotel 7.00am to catch 8.00am ferry) from Arran as we journey to Kilmartin Glen. An area in Argyle of mystical beauty, Kilmartin Glen features one of the largest concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. There are over 350 ancient monuments within just a six mile radius of the village - standing stones, a henge monument, featuring five burial cairns with cup and ring marks on them, and more. We also visit Temple Wood Stone Circles, standing stones and the cairn sites. Discover the power and beauty of our ancient past. Afternoon ferry from Oban to Mull/Iona. (B&D) On Iona the group will be spread between 3 properties as none is big enough to accommodate the whole group. We need to do this to get a selection of rooms.
Day 6/7: 2 Days on the Sacred Isle of Iona
Iona was a sacred isle to the druids in ancient times, the Culdees, and Celtic Christians who came here. It is most famously known for St Columba. You will feel the strength of this ancient land and the wisdom it holds. We will explore Iona Abbey, St Martins Cross, St Oran's Chapel, the Royal Burial Grounds of Kings, and the ruins of the Iona Nunnery. Iona is often referred to as 'The Cradle of Christianity in Scotland'.” Here you will experience attunements to the sacred sites and have time to embrace the energy. As we explore/experience the Abbey, the Nunnery, Saint Martin's Cross and the sacred points of Iona. We will experience water ceremony at the Well of Eternal Youth and much move. On Iona we will experience, vortex energy, sacred ceremony, meditation and a sacred pilgrimage to the sacred points, opening ourselves up to the ancient energies. Optional presentations and free time to explore on your own. Optional visit to the Isle of Staffa on your own.
Overnight on Iona, Breakfast and Dinner included each day, lunch on your own.
Day 8: We take an early morning 8.30am ferry from Iona via Mull to the mainland, on an amazing journey of panoramic views as we journey. We experience the beautifully picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, over the Skye Road Bridge and on to Uig . We take the ferry from Uig to Tarbert in the Outer Hebridies and overnight in Stonoway.
Cabarfeidh Hotel for 2 nights (B&D)
Day 9: Today we experience the beauty of the Outer Hebridies and visit the powerful Callanish stone circle, 'The Stonehenge of the North', dating back to 3000BC. The layout of the stones is unique and looks like a Celtic cross. We also visit the two satellite stone circles adjacent to Callanish. We stay overnight in Stornoway. Cabarfeidh Hotel (B&D)
Day 10: We continue to enjoy Stornoway and its sights with a free morning for shopping. We experience the essence of the Scottish Isles. Our ferry departs Stornoway to Ullapool. Upon arrival we transfer to Inverness where we will overnight. Macdonald Drumossie Hotel (B&D)
Day 11: We journey to the Clava Cairns ancient burial and initiation temple. In the afternoon you visit Findhorn for a guided tour of the community and the world famous vegetable gardens. Thirty seven years ago three people, who believed they were brought together by divine inspiration, founded it. You journey through the scenic and dramatic Grampian Mountains and Scone to Fortingall.
We spend two nights at our hotel near Fortingall. Atholl Palace Hotel for two nights. (B&D)
Day 12: Today we experience Fortingall. Fortingall is a small village in highland Perthshire, Scotland,. Its Gaelic name is Fartairchill, which may be translated as something like: "Escarpment Church", it is in the very heart of Scotland steeped in Celtic myth and legend. The famous Fortingall yew tree, the oldest tree in Europe,is believed to be about 5,000 years old. Fortingall is also famous as the birth place of Pontius Pilate. The Croft Moraig (Field of Mary) megalithic stone circle, is believed to date from around 3000 B.C. The St. Mary's grail chapel with a remarkable heraldic mural painted on its barrel roof ceiling displays amazing and unique hidden symbolism. St Mary's Chapel was probably built in about 1533 by Alexander Stewart, the Laird of Grandtully and resident of the nearby Grandtully Castle. In 1636, the then laird, Sir William Stewart, who served as Sheriff-Principal of Perthshire under King Charles I, refurbished the chapel and built an extension on its western end, possibly to provide living accommodation for a resident priest.
Day 13: Today, we depart for Edinburgh at 9.00am After arrival and time for lunch, travel to the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland. Rosslyn Chapel was founded on a small hill above Roslin Glen as a Catholic collegiate church in the mid-15th century. The chapel was founded by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness of the Scoto-Norman Sinclair family. We explore and meditate on the mysteries of the Essenic Jerusalem Temple scrolls, said to be buried here, and explore the symbolism and lore of the Knights Templar led by John. Check into our hotel and prepare for a wonderful Scottish Folklore Night.
Overnight Novotel Edinburgh Park for two nights.
Day 14: Today, we have a free day to explore Edinburgh, shop or explore The Golden Mile with an optional visit to Edinburgh Castle. Sitting atop an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle offers an excellent vantage point across the city, so was a natural site for a building that combined defense, control and honor. The oldest existing part – which is also Edinburgh’s most antiquated building – is St Margaret’s Chapel, which dates from the 12th century. Overnight Novotel Edinburgh Park.(B&D)
Day 15: We bid farewell to Scotland and transfer to Edinburgh airport for our homeward journey grateful for all that we experienced. (B)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember you fly into Glasgow and out Edinburgh.
Land Only: $4,895.00
Single Supplement: $950 additional
Deposit: A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space on this tour.
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