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Bonnie Scotland beckons you to come and explore
its vast beauty and immeasurable treasures!
History buffs, archeologists, nature lovers and the adoring connoisseurs of quaint and
regal Scottish culture
will all find something to cherish in this magnificent land of wind-swept emerald hills,
pastures and glens.
Scotlands historical tradition dates back
to 3500 BCE and includes many of the oldest Neolithic settlements in Europe,
including Kilmartin Glen, Temple Wood Stone Circle, and Maes Howe in the Orkney Islands.
The magic of the Celts and their enlightened Druids also survives in Scotland at many
such as the Island of Iona,
which was anciently known as the Island of the Druids.
Scotland is, of course, the land of the fiercely
the hardy breed of bagpipe-playing Highlanders clothed in colorful tartan kilts
who courageously threw off the yoke of the imperialist English.
It is the land of the indomitable Scottish leader William Wallace (remember Braveheart?),
as well as the adopted home of the mighty Knights Templar
who helped the Scots achieve independence at the Battle of Bannockburn
and then deposited their esoteric secrets and Holy Grail treasures in such mysterious
places as Rosslyn Chapel.
If you listen closely you can still hear the voices of the ancient Knights echoing
throughout the land: Come to Scotland,
they say, the land where great mystery and adventure never sleeps!
This magical land is calling you home to become
immersed in her timeless beauty
and to unlock her many unique and remarkable mysteries.
Come with our smaller group of spirit-centered people to explore and discover
ancient and modern Bonnie Scotland at these sacred sites and power spots....
Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle, home
of the Crown Jewels and the Monarchs of Scotland
home for centuries to many of Scotland's ruling families,
and still a
royal residence of the Queen
Roslin: World-famous Rosslyn
in the 15th century by the Sinclairs,
and home of many documents and secret mysteries of the Knights Templar!
Balantrococh: Home of the Knights Templar in Scotland
Kilmartin Glen: One of the most important concentrations of Neolithic
and Bronze Age sites
in all of Scotland, including Temple Wood Stone Circle
Isle of Iona
The Isle of Iona: Anciently known as the Isle of the
Iona is known for its prodigious spiritual power, its ancient Abbey,
and for being the resting place of many Scottish Monarchs
Castle, located on Loch Ness
One of the largest castles in
Ancient Corrimony Chambered Cairn
The William Wallace Memorial,
commemorating the 13th century Scottish hero Sir
The Stones of Stenness
PLUS...Other Sacred Sites, some well-known and others
off the usual beaten track...
** Daily Sharings about the Scottish Mysteries by Featured Speaker
** Meditations at the sacred sites & power spots to connect
with the sacred land
and the Celtic Gods and Goddess of Scotland facilitated by Andrea
the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within,
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet along the road.
Celtic Gods and Goddesses
The Celtic Pantheon that the ancient Celts recognized held many
female deities of primary importance ranging from war goddesses to mother goddesses to
ruling goddesses. They also believed in three aspects of the Goddess and three aspects of
a single god. The Druids taught the people to worship the gods and goddesses, as well as
to be strong, courageous and to do no evil. Women were equal to men in the Druid circles,
and held just as much power. The Priests and Priestesses were highly revered. They sang
the dying to sleep, did charms, enchantments, prophecies, healing, etc. As well,
they knew the power of words, stones and herbs. One of the central features of their
Groves was a cauldron, bowl or pool.
The Great Father represented the male principle
of creation. He was known as the Horned God
or The Lord, and was the Lord of the
winter, harvest, land of the dead, the sky, animals, mountains, lust, powers of
The Great Mother or The
Lady represented the female principle of creation. She was known
as the Goddess of fertility, the Moon, summer, flowers, love, healing, the seas, water.
there were other Gods and Goddesses in the Celtic Pantheon. Triduana
was the Goddess of Edinburgh who plucked out her eyes to eradicate her own beauty
rather than submit to the advances of Nechtan, King of the Picts. Caillech (pronounced COY-lck or
CALL-y'ach) is the Great Goddess in her
Destroyer aspect. She's also called the "Veiled One". Originally Scotland was
called Caledonia, "the land given by Caillech". Another name for her is Scota,
which is where the name Scotland comes from. In some areas she's known by her name of
Carlin, the Goddess of Winter, the blue-faced hag and who was
the spirit of the eve of Samhain (Halloween), the night the year turned to winter, and the
ghosts of the dead roamed the world of the living. Caillech
rules over disease, plague, cursing, wisdom,
seasonal rites, weather magick.
Cerridwen was known as the
Moon and Grain Goddess. She was believed to rule over death, fertility, regeneration,
inspiration, magick, astrology, herbs, science, poetry, spells, knowledge, wisdom, past
lives, divination. Her symbol was a white sow. In her magickal cauldron, she made a potion
(from which the word Grail most likely came from). The potion was made from six
plants for inspiration and knowledge. She is also the goddess of dark prophetic powers, and the keeper of the
cauldron of the underworld, in which inspiration and divine knowledge are brewed. She is
often equated with the famous Greek crone, Hecate, and to the Irish Badb.
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and many other Gods and Goddesses are still recognized today in Scotland. During our
spiritual pilgrimage you'll have opportunities to connect with their potent and palpable
energies through meditations at the sacred sites and power spots.
Featured Speaker & Meditation Facilitator: Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
Researcher/Teacher of the Goddess Tradition
and Ancient Megalithic History & Director of Sacred Sites Journeys
has been leading our spiritual pilgrimages to Scotland since
Mikana-Pinkham, Director of Sacred Sites Journeys, has Scottish
ancestry and a deep and abiding connection with the ancient Celtic energies of this
spiritual land of tartans, kilts, and heather. She has been leading spiritual
pilgrimages around the world since 1994, including our spiritual pilgrimages to Scotland.
During this spiritual journey Andrea will facilitate meditations to
assist you to connect with the powerful energies of the sacred sites and Celtic
Gods and Goddesses.
Andrea is a trained Shamanic Practitioner and
teacher of the Goddess
Tradition, as well as an avid researcher on the ancient megalithic
history of our planet.
a teacher in the
The Seven Rays Order and Mystery School
and The Djedhi School of Ancient Wisdom.
For more information about
It will be my great honor and
pleasure to support you on this awesome
Andrea's Invitation to You for the July 2017
spiritual pilgrimage to explore and engage the powerful energies in Scotland.
I'll share pertinent and cutting-edge information about the sacred sites and
the ancient Scottish mysteries and more on a daily basis.
As well, I'll facilitate group and individual meditations at the sacred sites.
After many years of travel, research and spiritual questing in beloved Scotland,
I can assure you that you'll have a very positive life-altering experience
that will be one of the highlights of your life!
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= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
We will not be offering another Sacred Sites Journey to SCOTLAND
anytime in the near future, so if you're considering going with us, come this
Day 1. Saturday, July 15. Arrive Edinburgh; Transfer to hotel;
Group Meeting; Welcome Dinner (D)
Sacred Sites Journey is Land Only. You are responsible to arrange your roundtrip
international air to Edinburgh. Please arrive at Edinburgh International Airport by Noon
today, so that you will have time to transfer to the hotel and rest before our afternoon
After clearing Immigration, claim your luggage in the baggage claim
area. Then exit through Customs. Transfer on your own (instructions to be provided with
the final tour itinerary) via an airport taxi to our hotel, located in the heart of
Edinburgh, and check in. Lunch on your own. Free time in the early/mid afternoon to rest.
In the later afternoon we'll gather in the hotel for our Introductory Group
Meeting and Meditation, followed by our Welcome Dinner
at the hotel.
Overnight Edinburgh. Courtyard by Marriott.
Day 2. Sunday, July 16. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle,
Holyrood Palace; Free Time (B)
After our hearty Scottish breakfast, we're off with our local guide for a morning
visit to one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks: Edinburgh Castle. The
Castle, perched high on a plug of volcanic rock, has been a fortress since long before
recorded history. The castle has been at the center of Scottish history for over 800
years, and was captured and recaptured many times during the centuries of wars between
Scotland and England. Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James VI in the
castle in 1566. It withstood attack in both the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Uprisings. Legend
says there is the ghost of a headless drummer that has been sighted, as well as a piper
playing on the battlements - and not just during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo! As we
enjoy the heart of this world-famous mighty Scottish icon, you'll be able to explore the
following areas and more:
1) The Great Hall: Completed in 1511, the Great Hall was the nations chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original
hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of this impressive hall.
2) The Honors of Scotland: The Honors of Scotland, the
nations crown jewels, the crown, scepter and sword of state are the oldest royal
regalia in the United Kingdom
3) The Stone of Destiny: The is an important symbol
of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British
coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.
Thought by medieval scholars to have biblical origins, some considered it to be the pillow
on which Jacob dreamed of his ladder. Others believed it had been taken out of Egypt by
the daughter of a pharaoh. It has been used in coronation ceremonies for many years,
originally at Scone, near Perth. Lulach stepson of Macbeth sat on it when he
was proclaimed King of Scots in 1057. From then until 1292, it was used at the
inaugurations of all Scottish monarchs.
Then, in 1296, Edward I of England invaded Scotland and took the Stone from Scone to
London. He installed the Stone in a magnificent golden coronation chair. Since then, all English
monarchs and since the Unions of the Parliaments of Scotland and England
in 1707 all British sovereigns have been enthroned on this seat.
(The only exceptions are Edward V and Edward VIII.) In 1950, four students removed the
Stone from Westminster Abbey in London. It soon turned up at Arbroath Abbey, north-east of
Edinburgh. The abbey is famous for the Declaration of Arbroath, a robust statement of
Scotlands independence from England. The stone was returned to Westminster Abbey. In
1996, Her Majesty The Queen allowed the stone to be returned to Scotland, after 700 years.
(Note: Rent The Stone of Destiny, a great movie about the
students and their courageous act to watch before your journey!)
Stone of Destiny John B Brent
Margaret's Chapel: Take
a quiet moment in St Margarets Chapel, built by David I around 1130, it is
considered to be the oldest building in Edinburgh. Margaret was born around 1045, into the
royal family of England. After the Norman invasion of 1066, she fled to the court of
Malcolm III of Scotland. They soon fell in love and were married at Dunfermline. We'll be
visiting the cave where she is said to have meditated and prayed regularly on Day 7.
Malcolm was a warrior who relished fighting the Norman conquerors of England; while
Margaret was deeply religious. Disaster struck in 1093, when Malcolm and his eldest son,
Edward, were killed in an ambush. On hearing the news, Margaret took to her bed in
Edinburgh Castle and died from a broken heart. The chapel was built by her youngest son,
King David I. It has not always been used for worship. From the 16th to the 18th
century it was a gunpowder store. In 1250, Margaret was canonized as St Margaret of
Scotland, for her many acts of piety and charity in her adopted country.
5) The Royal
Palace: This building is where Scotlands kings and queens lived when they were
in Edinburgh. Its fine rooms were the home of Scotlands royalty for centuries, where
Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James
VI in 1566. Since its accommodations were not very comfortable, the royal family preferred
Holyrood Abbey, at the other end of the Royal Mile, which we will visit this morning.
However, the castle was more secure. It was here that Mary Queen of Scots gave birth
to her only child, James, in June 1566. Prince James was born in a cramped closet next to
Marys bedchamber. It was a difficult birth. Afterwards, the baby was wrapped in fine
robes and presented to his mother and father, Lord Darnley. James became King James VI of
Scotland soon after his first birthday in 1567; and King James I of England in 1603. In
1617 King James VI & I made an emotional return to his birthplace in the castle to
celebrate his 50th anniversary as king of Scots. His birthchamber was specially
redecorated for the occasion.
Our next stop this morning is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, home
for centuries to many of Scotland's ruling families, and still a royal residence of the Queen; it's full of hundreds of years of
Scottish history. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is
situated at the end of the Royal Mile. The Palace is closely associated with Scotland's
turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567.
Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal
residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official
entertaining. During The Queen's Holyrood week, usually from the end of June to the
beginning of July, Her Majesty carries out a wide range of official engagements in
Scotland. The Investiture held in the Great Gallery is for Scottish residents whose
achievements have been recognized in the twice-yearly Honors List which appears at New
Year and on The Queen's Official Birthday in June. Each year, The Queen and The Duke of
Edinburgh entertain around 8,000 guests from all walks of Scottish life during a garden
party in the palace grounds.
After our full and enjoyable morning we return to the hotel. You have the
afternoon for lunch on your own, and free time to rest or explore more of
the capital city.
You have the option to visit St. Giles Cathedral with Andrea.
The most romantic church in Scotland, it dates from the 12th century. Visit the Thistle
Chapel, built in 1911 for Scotland's order of the chivalry, the Most Ancient and
Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
Or, how about some retail therapy along Princes Street or the
Royal Mile? If you have Scottish ancestry, perhaps you'd like to purchase
a scarf of your clan tartan. OR, if not, then go for it anyway! Anyone can wear the
Dinner on your own this evening. There are many excellent restaurants in
the city, and lively pubs as well if you'd like to enjoy a typical night out on the town. Overnight
Edinburgh. Courtyard by Marriott.
3. Monday, July 17. Depart Edinburgh; Kilmartin Glen & Temple Wood Stone Circle; to
check out of the hotel and we're off to Kilmartin Glen, an area in Argyll, which
has one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in all of
Scotland. There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six mile radius of the
village of Kilmartin, which is closest to the Glen. Of these, 150 of them are considered
to be prehistoric. There is a linear arrangement of cairns that runs over three miles
south-by-south-west from the village, with five remaining ones that we may be able to see.
Bronze age burial cairns and a Stone Age structure at Nether Largie South cairn which was
rebuilt in the Bronze Age make up part of the amazing landscape from the past that has
survived into the present day. In the Glen we may also find some of its awesome
concentrations of some of the most impressive cup and ring decorated rock surfaces. These
consist of a concave depression, no more than a few inches across, pecked into a rock
surface and often surrounded by concentric circles also etched into the stone. Sometimes a
linear channel called a gutter leads out from the middle.
We also explore Temple Wood, also known locally as Half Moon Wood,
an ancient stone circle in the Glen. The site was named in the 19th
century, when the local folks
planted many trees around the circles. There are actually two circles at the site. One
contains a ring of 13 standing stones, about 40 ft. in diameter, with a small stone-built
coffin-like box used to hold the bodies of the dead in the center, surrounded by a circle
of stones about 10 ft. in diameter. Research shows that the circle may have been
constructed around 3000 BCE, and to have had some orientation towards solar events such as
solstices and equinoxes. The northern circle is smaller and consists rounded river stones,
with a single stone in its center, and is believed to have been constructed to align with
the mid-day sun on the winter solstice. At both of these ancient sacred power spots we
take time to "tune in" through meditation and ask for any messages that the
stones and/or their ancient Celtic builders may have for us today.
Lunch with the group. Then we're on our
way to Oban, known as the Gateway to the Isles, and the capital of North
Argyll. We board the local ferry late afternoon for the short trip to Mull,
an island of magic and peace that bewitches with its amazing geology
and its Celtic and Viking past. Perhaps the most captivating thing of all is that the sea
seems to be everywhere you look and every twist in the road presents yet another
dazzlingly beautiful seascape. Silent and lonely, full of rushing, tumbling burns, high
peaks, dramatic views, waterfalls, wildlife, history and atmosphere
Mull offers us a
haven of peace and relaxation from the cares and pressures of modern life.
The islands have a rich history, having been continually inhabited since after the
Ice Age, with Mesolithic hunter-gatherers living in caves, Neolithic
farmers leaving behind burial cairns and stone axes, and Bronze age 'Beaker' people leaving their
mark with burial cairns, standing stones, stone circles, and corded beaker pottery and
knife blades. The Iron Age people built many defensive settlements on
these islands. The early Christian period began in the 5th Century, with 563CE noted for
the arrival from Ireland of St Columba. Then in 795CE the Vikings
first sacked Iona, with raids continuing for several centuries. Vikings eventually became
settlers in the isles. The Middle Ages saw the construction of castles
and chapels. During the 17th to 19th centuries, clan chiefs and other
lairds built 'big' houses, while the majority of islanders lived in tiny black houses in
small townships. Over the centuries Mull's population increased to 10,638 in 1831 but
first the Potato Famine and then the Highland Clearances, which began in 1785, rapidly
reduced this number. By the 20th Century much of the population had
emigrated and there were more sheep on Mull than people. Today Mull and its neighboring
islands have a population of nearly 3,000. Many of the population are MacLeans, MacLaines,
MacKinnons, MacQuarries and MacDonalds, descendants of Mull's ancient clans.
Over the years Scots from almost every other clan have moved to Mull, as well as others,
and so the population today is a mixture of true incomers who all agree that
they love Mull!
Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel and check in. Group dinner at the hotel.
Isle of Mull. Isle of Mull Hotel.
Day 4. Tuesday, July 18. Full Day Visit to Iona;
To Inveraray (B/D)
After an early breakfast we'll walk to the nearby terminal and board the
ferry to Mull, an island of magic and peace. On arrival, we'll take a bus
for a one hour drive through the lovely Scottish countryside to Fionnphort. During our
ride we'll be bewitched with the island's amazing geology, and the energies and remnants
of its Celtic and Viking past. Every turn in the road may present us with yet another
dazzlingly beautiful seascape. Relax and prepare for our visit to Iona. Once we reach
Fionnphort, we walk onto the small ferry that will take us a short distance across the waters. (No cars are
allowed on the island). After only few minutes we arrive on Iona
for a full day of exploration to experience the peaceful ambience of this special little
island, with its heritage center, famous abbey and its burial ground of Scottish monarchs
and political leaders.
Our ferry lands at Baile Mór, Iona's main village, which is little more than a row of
cottages facing the sea. There's also a post office, a very good craft shop and general
store in the village. And a small restaurant where you can have lunch on your own today.
You can easily get around on foot, or if you want to explore a bit further, you can hire a
mountain bike. And, if you decide to venture beyond the main village, Baile Mór, you can
find a quiet spot on one of the sparkling silver beaches washed by turquoise sea.
A small island, barely three miles long and a little over a mile wide,
Iona's place in religious history was guaranteed when St Columba arrived
with his 12 disciples and founded a monastery there in 563 BCE. The Irish
monk then set about converting practically all of pagan Scotland and much of northern
England. Iona went on to become the most sacred religious site in Europe
and has been a place of pilgrimage for several centuries. Iona is known
as the 'Cradle of Christianity in Scotland', and was a center of the arts. The monks
produced elaborate carvings, manuscripts, ornate gravestones and Celtic crosses. Their
greatest work was the beautiful Book of Kells, which dates from
800 CE, and which is now on display in Dublin's Trinity College.
The first of the Viking raids began in 806 CE, when many monks were
slaughtered at Martyrs' Bay, followed by another in 986 which destroyed the work of many
years. The relentless pressure from the established church ended with the suppression of
the Celtic Church by King David in 1144. In 1203 Iona became part of the mainstream church
with the establishment of a nunnery for the Order of the Black Nuns, as well as a
Benedictine Abbey by Reginald of the MacDonalds of the Isles. Iona became overshadowed by
the royal city of Dunfermline, and its final demise came with the Reformation
when buildings were demolished and all but three of the 360 carved crosses destroyed. The
abbey lay in ruins until in 1899 the island's owner, the eighth Duke of Argyll, donated
the buildings to the Church of Scotland on condition that the abbey church was restored
for worship. Then in 1938 the Reverend George Macleod founded the Iona Community as an
evangelical Church of Scotland brotherhood, with the abbey buildings as its headquarters,
and by 1965 had succeeded in rebuilding the remainder of the monastic buildings. Now the abbey
complex has been completely restored and the island of Iona, apart from the abbey
buildings, is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
The present abbey dates from around 1200, though it has been rebuilt
over the centuries and completely restored in the 20th century. The oldest part is the
restored St Oran's Chapel, to the south of the abbey on the right, which
is plain and unadorned save for its splendid 11th-century Norman doorway. It is said that
Columba was prevented from completing the building of the original chapel until a living
person had been buried in the foundations. His friend Oran volunteered and was duly
buried. Columba later asked for the face to be uncovered so that he could bid a final
farewell to his friend, but Oran was found to be alive and claimed he had seen Heaven and
Hell, describing them in such blasphemous terms that Columba ordered he be covered up
Surrounding the chapel is the Reilig Odhrain, the sacred burial
ground, which is said to contain the graves of 48 Scottish kings, including
Macbeth's victim, Duncan, as well as four Irish and eight Norwegian kings. The stones you
see today are not the graves of kings but of various important people from around the West
Highlands and Islands.
Beside the Road
of the Dead, which leads from the abbey church to St Oran's Chapel, stands the 8th-century
St Martin's Cross. This is the finest of Iona's Celtic high
crosses and is remarkably complete, with the Pictish serpent-and-boss decoration
on one side and holy figures on the other. Standing in front of the abbey entrance is a
replica of St John's Cross, the other great eighth-century monument. The
restored original is in the Infirmary Museum, at the rear of the abbey, along with a fine
collection of medieval gravestones.
No part of St Columba's original buildings survives, but to the left of the main entrance
is St Columba's Shrine, the small, steep-roofed chamber which almost
certainly marks the site of the saint's tomb. You get a good view of the whole complex
from the top of the small grassy knoll opposite the abbey entrance. This is Torr an
Aba, where Columba's cell is said to have been.
Just outside the village, on the way to the abbey, are the ruins of the Augustinian
nunnery. Just to the north, housed in the parish church manse, built by Thomas
Telford, is the Iona Heritage Center, which features displays on the
island's social history.
Lunch on your own. In the later afternoon we return on the short ferry ride to Mull.
We return to the mainland and drive to our hotel in
Inveraray, located at the head of Loch Fyne.
Group dinner at hotel.
Overnight Overnight Inveraray.
The Inveraray Inn.
Day 5. Wednesday, July 19. To
Inverness: Free Time (B/D)
We check out and depart after breakfast to
Inverness, the capital of the Scottish
Highlands, a lively city with fantastic shops, restaurants and various
tourist attractions. After our later morning arrival, we check into our hotel.
Lunch is on
your own. You have free time this afternoon to rest, relax and
integrate the powerful energies that you've encountered so far during our
pilgrimage. Enjoy the
indoor heated swimming pool, the sauna and mini gym.
Or, perhaps you'd like to explore a bit of Inverness on your own.
Inverness really has got all the elements for a memorable city break.
Discover its flourishing culinary scene, explore the Victorian
Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre for a bit of
retail therapy, catch one of the many events at Eden Court
and other venues, or take your time to admire art exhibitions in the city's
Just taking a wander through the
handsome city center is pretty enjoyable too; appreciate Inverness
Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral, then stroll
along the banks of the River Ness, crossing the suspension
bridge for some peace and relaxation on the Ness Islands.
century Cawdor Castle, with Scottish history that you can
touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold
monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this
day. Not only is Cawdor the name linked to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but home
to the magical, fairy tale castle, Cawdor Castle. Having been built as a
private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, with the ancient medieval tower
built around the legendary holly tree – wherever you look, Cawdor Castle is
steeped in intrigue and history.
Get a fascinating insight into the
history, tradition and culture of the kilt at the Scottish Kiltmaker
Visitor Centre. Enjoy a fascinating insight into the history,
tradition and culture of the kilt - from its origins through to the present
day. Set within the kiltmaking workshop, the Centre creates a colourful,
authentic and memorable experience, brought to life with audio-visual,
costume and tartan displays in all their brilliance. You’ll see kilts being
dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 6. Thursday, July 20.
To Inverness: Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness; Corrimony
Chambered Cairn (B/L)
After breakfast and head to Loch Ness, where we
board a local boat for a short cruise on Loch Ness. Be on
the lookout for Nessie!! Afterwards we visit Urquhart
Castle, which sits on Loch Ness. The present
ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early
medieval fortification. Founded in the 13th century, Urquhart played a role in the Wars of
Scottish Independence in the 14th century. It was subsequently held as a royal
castle, and was raided on several occasions by the MacDonald Earls of Ross. The
castle was granted to the Clan Grant in 1509, though conflict with the MacDonalds
continued. Despite a series of further raids the castle was strengthened, only to be
largely abandoned by the middle of the 17th century. Urquhart was partially destroyed in
1692 to prevent its use by Jacobite forces, and subsequently decayed. In the 20th century
it was placed in state care and opened to the public:
The castle is one of the largest in Scotland in area. It was approached
from the west and defended by a ditch and drawbridge. The buildings of the castle were
laid out around two main enclosures on the shore. The northern enclosure or Nether Bailey
includes most of the more intact structures, including the gatehouse, and the five-storey
Grant Tower at the north end of the castle. The southern enclosure or Upper Bailey, sited
on higher ground, comprises the scant remains of earlier buildings.
Afterwards, lunch is on
your own with the group.
to a idyllic rural location in Glen Urquhart to visit the Corrimony
chambered cairn. Surrounded by a circle of 11 standing stones of varying height,
the edge of the mound is further defined by a stone kerb. The passage is still usable, and
on the left side of the entrance passage is a stone bearing cup and ring marks. We'll take
time in this peaceful location for individual meditation to connect with the energies of
the Ancient Ones who built this megalithic structure.
We return to our hotel.
free time. Dinner is on your own this evening. Enjoy your choices at the
hotel restaurant located in the conservatory, or go out in the town.
Day 7. Friday, July 21. To Thurso
We check out
of the hotel after breakfast and board our motorcoach for our day's drive
the wild and mountainous Scottish countryside of the Grampian Mountains,
north through the Highlands, up and around the inland waters of Moray Firth, along
the northeastern coast, turning north just before Wick
and continuting on to Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland
Scotland, and a gateway to the Orkney
Islands. Thurso's history stretches
back to at least the era of Norse Orcadian rule in Caithness, which ended
conclusively in 1266. The town was an important Norse port, and has a later history of
trade with ports throughout northern Europe until the 19th century. In 1330 Scotland's
standard unit of weight was brought in line with that of Thurso at the decree of King
David II of Scotland, a measure of the town's economic importance. Old St Peter's Kirk is
said to date from circa 1220. Much of the town, however, is a planned 19th-century
development. A major expansion occurred in the mid-20th century.
We check in at our accommodations. Group Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight Thurso. Royal Hotel.
Day 8. Saturday, July 22. To
Orkney Islands: Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow; Free Time in Kirkwall: Option to visit
St Magnus Cathedral (B/L/D)
We check out after breakfast and depart to nearby
OGroats where we board the local ferry for our short trip
across the famous Pentland Firth,
which links the Atlantic Ocean with the North Sea. The Firth is rich in marine wildlife
and the many isolated islands provide secure breeding places for thousands of seabirds.
Look out for seals and whales too! With more than five thousand years of human history,
culture and architecture, the global significance of Orkney's Neolithic Heartland was
recognized with World Heritage Site status in 1999, in common with Stonehenge and the
Great Wall of China. Historic Scotland looks after the World Heritage Site Neolithic
Heartland. There are over a thousand known ancient sites in Orkney - many unexcavated -
but including superbly preserved Iron Age burial mounds, houses, monuments, and brochs.
We arrive at the Orkneys later morning and board our local motor coach which takes us
across the famous Churchill Barriers, built in the 1940s. They thread
five islands together to form the eastern boundary of Scapa Flow.
Continue along the northern coast of Scapa Flow with beautiful views of the Hoy hills
across the water.
After lunch with the group we depart to
Kirkwall, one of Scotlands most
picturesque towns and the biggest town and capital of the Orkney Islands. The town is
first mentioned in a saga in the year 1046 when it is recorded as the residence of
Rögnvald Brusason the Earl of Orkney, who was killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty. In
1486, King James III of Scotland elevated Kirkwall to the status of a royal burgh; modern
roadsigns still indicate "The City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall". The name
Kirkwall comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay), which was later corrupted to
Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa and Kirkwall.
You have free time. Maybe take a leisurely
walk through the winding streets. Or visit the Tankerness House Museum
which contains items of local historical interest within one of Scotland's best-preserved
sixteenth century town-houses. The prehistoric, Pictish and Viking collections
are of international importance.
Or, take in the impressive 800-year-old St. Magnus Cathedral, whose
construction began in 1137 under Earl Rognvald, nephew of St. Magnus, to whom the
cathedral was dedicated. His remains were discovered there in 1919 during a major
renovation. Take some time to wander along the aisles and view the plaques with the skull
and crossbones, or sit in the silence and meditate. You might also enjoy wandering through
the cemetery, filled with the graves of the founding fathers and mothers.
We continue to our
hotel and check in.
Group dinner at the hotel.
Standing Stones Hotel.
9. Sunday, July 23. Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Stones
of Setnness, Maes Howe (B/L/D)
Today we're off for a full day visit to the four
sites of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney which was inscribed as a
Heritage Site in December 1999 - Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of
Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe. It is managed by Historic Scotland,
whose 'Statement of Significance' for the site begins:
The monuments at the heart of
Neolithic Orkney and Skara Brae proclaim the triumphs of the human spirit in early ages
and isolated places. They were approximately contemporary with the mastabas of the archaic
period of Egypt (first and second dynasties), the brick temples of Sumeria, and the first
cities of the Harappa culture in India, and a century or two earlier than the Golden Age
of China. Unusually fine for their early date, and with a remarkably rich survival of
evidence, these sites stand as a visible symbol of the achievements of early peoples away
from the traditional centres of civilisation...Stenness is a unique and early expression
of the ritual customs of the people who buried their dead in tombs like Maes Howe and
lived in settlements like Skara Brae.
first stop is the Neolithic village of Skara Brae (2,500
BCE), which had been hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved for thousands of years,
until it was rediscovered about 150 years ago. Britains Pompeii, it sits
on the Atlantic coast, and consists of well-preserved dwelling houses and connecting
passages. Skara Brae is the quintessential Stone Age site; no metal of
any kind has been found there. All furniture is made of stone.
The site has eight
dwellings, linked together by a series of low, covered passages. Because of the
protection offered by the sand that covered the settlement for 4,000 years, the buildings,
and their contents, are incredibly well-preserved. Not only are the walls of the
structures still standing, and alleyways roofed with their original stone slabs, but the
interior fittings of each house give an unparalleled glimpse of life as it was in
Neolithic Orkney. Each house shares the same basic design - a large square room,
with a central fireplace, a bed on either side and a shelved dresser on the wall opposite
the doorway. Historic Scotland, which looks after many other ancient sites in the islands,
has established a superb five-star interpretation center and replica house close to Skara
Brae, which we will visit.
We then continue on to the mystical Ring of Brodgar and the Standing
Stones of Stenness, the remains of two of Britains most spectacular stone
circles. We first visit the Standing Stones of Stenness. The
surviving stones are sited on a promontory at the south bank of the stream that joins the
southern ends of the sea loch Loch of Stenness and the freshwater Loch of Harray. The
name, which is pronounced stane-is in Orcadian dialect, comes from Old Norse meaning stone
headland. The stones are thin slabs, approximately 12 inches thick. Four, up to about 16
ft high, were originally elements of a stone circle of 12 stones, laid out in an ellipse
about 105 ft in diameter on a levelled 144 ft platform surrounded by a ditch. The ditch is
cut into rock by as much as 6.6 ft and is 23 ft wide, surrounded by an earth bank, with a
single entrance causeway on the north side. The entrance faces towards the Neolithic
Barnhouse Settlement which has been found adjacent to the Loch of Harray. The Watch Stone
stands outside the circle to the northwest and is 18 ft high. Other smaller stones include
a square stone setting in the center of the circle platform where cremated bone, charcoal
and pottery were found. Animal bones were found in the ditch. The pottery links the
monument to Skara Brae and Maeshowe, dating it to at least 3000 BCE. We'll have time here
for a meditation facilitated by Andrea and Mark to connect with these
Next we venture to the nearby Ring of Brodgar, a
Neolithic henge and stone circle. Most henges do not contain stone circles;
Brodgar is a striking exception, ranking with Avebury (and to a lesser extent Stonehenge)
among the greatest of such sites. The ring of stones stands on a small isthmus between the
Lochs of Stenness and Harray. These are the northernmost examples of circle henges in
Britain. Unlike similar structures such as Avebury, there are no obvious stones inside the
circle, but since the interior of the circle has never been excavated by archaeologists, the
possibility remains that wooden structures, for example, may be present. The site has
resisted attempts at scientific dating and the monument's age remains uncertain.
It is generally thought to have been erected between 2500 BCE and 2000 BCE, and was,
therefore, the last of the great Neolithic monuments built on the Ness.
The stone circle is 341 ft in diameter, and the third largest in the British Isles.
The ring originally comprised 60 stones, of which only 27 remain standing. The tallest
stones stand at the south and west of the ring. The stones are set within a circular ditch
up to 9.8 ft deep, 30 ft wide and 1,250 ft in circumference that was carved out of the
solid sandstone bedrock by the ancient residents. Technically, this ditch does not
constitute a true henge as there is no sign of an encircling bank of earth and rock, but
many archaeologists continue to refer to this structure as a henge.
Researcher Aubrey Burl notes that the diameter of the bank at Brodgar is
almost exactly 175 megalithic yards, the same as the innerbanks of the
Avebury and Newgrange monuments in England and Ireland respectively. The so-called
"megalithic yard", at 2.722 ft per MY, is a controversial measure originally
proposed by Alexander Thom. His thesis, based on a statistical analysis of Neolithic
monuments in the United Kingdom, is that the builders of these sites employed a common
unit of measurement, implying a transfer of information that may not have existed, even if
it were possible.
After a group lunch we drive to
nearby Maes Howe, the most magnificent chambered tomb in
Britain. Thought to date from around 2700BCE, it's the largest and most impressive
of Orkneys many chambered cairns. The spacious burial chamber was built with
enormous megaliths; on some of them are incised the worlds largest
collection of 12th-century Viking runes.
Perhaps one of Maeshowe's
most famous attributes is its midwinter alignment - something it shares
with the chambered tomb of Newgrange, in Ireland. For a few days each
year, as the midwinter sun slips below the horizon, its last rays shine
directly through Maeshowe's entrance passage to illuminate the rear wall of the
central chamber. (WINTER SOLSTICE PHOTO CREDIT - Right:
It's intriguing, although perhaps mere coincidence, that when viewed from the center of
the stone circle, Maeshowe is aligned to the gap between the two dolmen stones (two
angular slabs, standing side by side, with a large prone stone beside them) at the
Stones of Stenness. This could indicate that the stones formed some sort of
symbolic link, or connecting "portal", between the chambered cairn and the stone
After our full day of exploration, we return to the hotel. Group dinner at the hotel.
Overnight Stenness. Standing Stones Hotel.
Day 10. Monday,
July 24. Depart Orkneys To Nethy Bridge; Clava Cairn
We depart after breakfast to the ferry terminal, board and return to
the mainland. Upon arrival we continue through the Highlands south to Nethy
along the way with the group.
After lunch we visit Clava Cairn, a type of Bronze Age circular chamber tomb
cairn, named after the group of three cairns at Balnuaran of Clava, in this area.
They lie close together in a line
running north east to south west. The tombs at either end are of the passage grave
sub-type. The central cairn is of the ring cairn sub-type, and uniquely has stone
paths or causeways forming "rays" radiating out from the platform round the
kerbs to three of the standing stones. The cairns incorporate cup and ring mark
stones, carved before they were built into the structures. The kerb
stones are graded in size and selected for colour, so that the stones are larger
and redder to the south west, and smaller and whiter to the north east. All these elements
seem to have been constructed as one operation and indicate a complex design.
The ring round the northern Balnuaran of Clava cairn was measured and
analysed by Professor Alexander Thom. He found that the ring was slightly
egg-shaped with a complex geometry of circles and ellipses which could be set out around a
central triangle, using sizes which are close to whole multiples of what he called the Megalithic
yard. While the geometry of the shape is generally accepted, the Megalithic Yard
is more controversial.
We continue to Nethy Bridge and check in at our
hotel, an ornate Victorian hotel located in the Cairngorms National Park. You have free time before our group dinner at the hotel.
Day 11. Tuesday,
July 25. To Edinburgh; William Wallace Memorial; Arrive
check out of the hotel after breakfast and board our motorcoach for our
drive back south to Edinburgh.
In the Stirling area we
visit the William Wallace
Memorial, which commemorates the 13th century Scottish hero Sir William Wallace,
a landowner who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of
Stirling Bridge in 1297, and was Guardian of Scotland, serving
until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298. In 1305, Wallace
was captured in Robroyston near Glasgow and handed over to King Edward I
of England, who had him hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason and crimes against
English civilians. Since his death, Wallace has obtained an iconic status far beyond his
homeland. He is the protagonist of the 15th-century epic poem The Wallace, by Blind Harry.
Wallace is also the subject of literary works by Sir Walter Scott and Jane Porter and of
the 1995 Academy Award-winning epic film Braveheart.
tower at the Wallace Monument was constructed following a fundraising campaign,
which accompanied a resurgence of Scottish national identity in the 19th century. In
addition to public subscription, it was partially funded by contributions from a number of
foreign donors. It stands on the Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above
Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army
of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge. If you'd like to
climb the 246 step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery inside the monument's crown,
you'll be rewarded with expansive views of the Ochil Hills and the Forth Valley!
A number of artifacts believed to have belonged to Wallace are on display inside the
monument, including the Wallace Sword, a 5 ft, 4 in long sword weighing
almost 7 pounds. Inside is also a Hall of Heroes, a series of busts of
famous Scots, effectively a small national Hall of Fame.
Lunch is on your own with
the group. We then continue to Edinburgh and check in at the hotel.
dinner at the hotel.
Holiday Inn Corstorphine Road.
Day 12. Wednesday,
July 26. Edinburgh: Free Day (B)
It's a free
day for individual exploration in Edinburgh. Or for some last-minute retail
therapy on Prince's Street. Take a leisurely stroll down the Royal Mile. And, if you're a
musem buff or art gallery affcianado, Edinburgh has much to offer! Here's a short list of
some of the free museums and galleries:
1) The Writers' Museum, near the top of the Royal Mile,
contains fascinating first editions, portraits and objects relating to the lives and work
of Scotlands great literary figures including Robert Burns and Robert Louis
Stevenson. Outside the museum be sure to visit Makars Court (Scots for poet), a
peaceful courtyard which has carved paving stones celebrating writers from the 14th
century to the present day.
2) The Museum of Edinburgh
is is the Citys treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic
objects from the Capitals past, from the earliest settlement to the present day.
Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they
3) Scottish National Gallery: For lovers of fine art, the place to head
is the Scottish National Gallery which is located in grand interconnected buildings on the
Mound, between Princes Street and the Royal Mile. They house a superb collection drawn
from the early Renaissance to the late 19th century. Look out for masterpieces from
Raphael, Titian, El Greco, and Rembrandt to Van Gogh, Monet and Cézanne. The Royal Scottish
Academy, also part of the complex, features a changing programme of temporary exhibitions
which have included work by Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Blackadder.
4) Modern art lovers could visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,
a short and pleasant walk from the city center. Displays in the gallerie's two buildings
include Cubist, Expressionist, and Surrealist art, with highlights including works by
Matisse, Picasso and Dalí. Explore the delightful grounds which include a vast grass and
water landform sculpture as well as other artwork.
Maybe visit the National
Museum of Scotland, with collections covering science and technology, natural
history, and world cultures. The two connected buildings stand beside each other on
Chambers Street, by the intersection with the George IV Bridge, in central Edinburgh. The
museum is part of National Museums Scotland. Admission is free.
Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Inn Corstorphine Road.
Day 13. Thursday,
Edinburgh: Balantrodoch; Rosslyn Chapel;
Farewell Dinner (B/L/D)
Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, Grand Prioress of the International Order of
Gnostic Templars, will share information about this ancient
enigmatic place from author Mark Amaru Pinkham's book
the Holy Grail, including the theory that Rosslyn
Chapel is the resting place for
various esoteric artifacts. In his fourth book, Mark explores these theories in-depth. Perhaps the
Chapel was not built as a place of worship, but as a sacred repository for secrets that
were brought back from the Holy Land by Hughes de Payens, the first Grand Master of the
Knights Templars? Are there Templar relics and documents that might be hidden in
the crypt? Could it be the Holy Grail, the Head of John
the Baptist, the marriage certificate of Jesus and Mary Magdalene,
of the Covenant, the lost Scrolls of the Temple of Solomon, or
even the real version of Scotland's own Stone of Destiny. The list goes
on and on! We will explore these theories and others with Andrea.
We drive out of the city this morning to the village of Temple
where we visit Balantrodoch, the ancient Templar outpost, now known as Temple, and home to
a Templar church and cemetery. There are many Templar gravesites to explore, as well as
the church ruins and surrounding area. There is even an old Druid grove nearby! Speaker
Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, Grand Prioress of The International Order of Gnostic Templars will share information about the Templars and their history
here and in Scotland in general.
Lunch with the group in the village of Roslin, right around the corner from Rosslyn
After lunch we visit one of the most famous little chapels in the world - Rosslyn
Chapel, founded in 1446 by Earl William
Sinclair, third and last Sinclair Prince of Orkney. Dan Brown highlighted this tiny
Midlothian church in his blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code,
proposing that the Holy Grail in the form of Mary Magdalene was once hidden there. This put Rosslyn
on the map, and its enduring secrets became
world-famous. Thousands and thousands of people have journeyed here hoping to connect with
these mysterious energies. Today, we make our connection!
Today, it is the opinion and belief of many Sinclairs that the Chapel was not built as a
place of worship, but as a sacred repository for secrets that were brought back from the Holy
Land by Hugh de Payens and other Templar Knights. In a meeting in December 2003 with Niven
Sinclair, one of the descendants of Sir William Sinclair, he told Mark and Andrea that
Rosslyn Chapel was dedicated to the forces of Nature and to Mary Magdalene.
He also said that he believes that in the future it will become a center of world peace.
During her visit there (before the meeting with Niven!), Andrea was told that Rosslyn is
as important a transmitter and receiver for sacred energies as the Great Pyramid and was
given guidance to stand in the middle of the chapel and pray for world peace...which she
did, of course!
During our guided tour of the chapel
we'll see Rosslyns
famous stone carvings. Some of them are the best examples of their kind
in Europe. Many Templars and Freemasons
believe that they were built into the Chapel as keys to the esoteric history
of their organizations. Many of them depict symbols relating to Old Testament text and
characters. Some carvings depict plants from the New World, such as corn
and aloe vera. Since they were carved into the chapel walls a good 50 years before
Columbus voyages to America, how did the builders know about them? Some researchers
believe they are proof of Prince Henry Sinclair's voyage to America well
After our guided tour, take some time to sit quietly in
the chapel to reflect, meditate and connect with the energies of
The Holy Grail, the Green Man, Mary Magdalene, and the many secrets that the
Chapel is guarding (As above, so below!), and of course to pray for world peace!
Rosslyn Chapel -
Rosslyn Chapel - Exterior
above of the interior and exterior of Rosslyn Chapel are copyright Sacred Sites Journeys
Of the enigmas hidden within the walls of Rosslyn Chapel,
builders have recently discovered yet another one that is creating quite a buzz.
What is the meaning behind the strange stone bee hives that were hidden
in the Chapel's roof? With the public's interest in Da Vinci Code style mysteries at
an all time high, experts are pressured to answer the questions surrounding what is fast
becoming an ever deepening mystery.
Our take is that these stone homes for the buzzing bees were purposefully built into
the Chapel as the ancient symbol of the Goddess, who was often depicted in the form of a bee!
Even though the tomb of Mary Magdalene is NOT at Rosslyn Chapel, it seems that this find
is a message that the Divine Feminine is still alive and well there!
Perhaps the bees will return; this is a very old sign
that the Great Mother Goddess had a blessed place. In ancient times, bees were
almost always kept by women. In the late 19th century in England, female beekeepers had
certain powers, including the ability to foretell the future. It's said that the bees saw
the secrets of the community on their busy rounds of collecting pollen from
flowers each day, and that they would confide their secrets to their beekeeper as
they returned to the hive each evening.
Return to Edinburgh later afternoon. This evening we enjoy our Farewell Dinner at the hotel,
taking time to share our experiences in Bonnie
Scotland, say our fond Good-byes to each other, sharing hugs and laughter.
Holiday Inn Corstorphine Road.
Day 14. Friday,
July 28. Depart Scotland (B)
Tour ends after breakfast. Transfer on your own via taxi to the
airport for your international departure.
This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.
Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most powerful
places I've ever visited on this earth, and I've visited many! The esoteric symbols that
are carved into the walls and ceiling have many many layers of meaning, and are worth
meditating on very carefully. Andrea told us that many people believe it will become one
of the main centers for world peace upon our planet. I'd say it's already well on its way!
- D. Harkins, AZ
Few Words from Sacred Sites Journeys Pilgrimages to Scotland
Thank you, Andrea, for manifesting soul and spirit through the vehicle of this sacred
journey to Scotland. - S. Volk, CA
The visit to Rosslyn Chapel was
more than awesome! Andrea took care of all the details in a professional and extremely
capable manner, so that we could just enjoy and soak up the energies. - E. Matheson,
Scotland is much more than
"Bonnie"! It's heavenly....and then some! I experienced this everyday during my
sacred journey with Andrea. The ancient connection with the land is so strong, that you
only have to be on Her and breathe to feel the gentle yet powerful energies. And you'll be
transported back in time to places that still exist. I've been to Scotland with Andrea
twice, and plan to return. The combination of the two is a winner! - D. Balch, CA
The tour to Scotland with Andrea is my all-time favorite trip. We are still talking
about it! It could not possibly have been better.
- L. Gufstafson, NY
There were no problems on my trip to Scotland with
Andrea. Everything went perfectly! Edinburgh and Rosslyn Chapel were excellent!
- A. Leaf, AZ
Our day spent on the Isle of Iona was enchanting!
Everywhere I went I felt ancient presences. And received many messages about the things
that had occurred there in the past. I could have spent a full week there I'm sure and
then would still not wanted to leave.
- C. Roberts, IA
Your Sacred Sites
Journey to SCOTLAND
Accommodations in 3 and 4-star hotels, including daily breakfast, taxes & service
- 10 dinners and 7 lunches
- Motorcoach transportation
- Tour guide & driver
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary, including entrance fees
- Porterage at hotels (1 bag per person)
- Pre-paid gratuities for guide, motorcoach driver, waiters at group meals, and other
Travel in a smaller group with other spirit-centered people with SSJ's
Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Featured Speaker &
Meditation Facilitator Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Fully escorted by Tour Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Meditations at sacred sites facilitated by Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Edinburgh: Visit to Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace, with option to visit St Giles Cathedral
- Edinburgh/Midlothian area: Visit to world-famous Rosslyn Chapel and Balantrodoch
- Argyll Area: Kilmartin Glen and Temple Wood Stone Circle
- Isle of Iona: Full Day visit
- Loch Ness: Cruise on Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Corrimony Chambered Cairn
- Orkney Islands: Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness; Free time in Kirkwall
- Inverness: Clava Cairns
- Stirling: William Wallace Memorial
- Free time in Edinburgh
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners
International Airfare to Edinburgh,
- Meals not included, as indicated in the itinerary
- Cost to obtain valid passport
- Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, telephone calls and internet
service. Any item that is not specifically detailed on the SSJ website or final trip
We will not be offering another Sacred Sites Journey to SCOTLAND
Sacred Sites Journey is Land Only. You are responsible to arrange your roundtrip
international air to Edinburgh.
anytime in the near future, so if you're considering going with us, come this
- Saturday, July 15, 2017: Please arrive
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