Tarot Magic in Sacred Scotland, A Journey of Exploration Through the Mists of Time In the Wild Scottish Highlands and Islands May 14 - 23, 2018

ring of brodgar tourTour operated in cooperation with Gothic Image Tours

  • tarot magicTune into the energy of enchanted landscapes and sacred sites to connect with the magic that lives within you.
  • Take part in a Druid ceremony in the beautiful woodland setting of the prehistoric Clava Cairns and standing stones near Inverness.
  • Discover the Scottish legends surrounding the wizard Merlin – the Wild Man of the Woods. Son of the Scottish chief Morken, he lived in nature as a recluse in the Caledonian forest where he developed the gifts of prophecy and shape shifting.
  • Through Tarot readings in sacred sites, gain insight into your own spiritual journey … readings whose messages will continue to unfold for years to come.
  • Deepen your understanding of Tarot in workshops with world-renowned Tarot author and teacher, Mary K. Greer.

Your Guides on This Journey

Mary K. GreerMary K. Greer
With more than ten books and 48 years experience in Tarot, Mary Greer advocates a revolutionary approach to learning and using the cards that emphasizes personal insight and creativity. As an expert Tarot reader, she works as a ‘midwife of the soul,’ using techniques that are interactive, transformational and empowering. She is a featured speaker at Tarot conferences and symposia around the world.

Linda MarsonLinda Marson
Professional Tarot reader, teacher and founder of Global Spiritual Studies. She likens the Tarot to a GPS, one that helps you navigate your way through life. On the tour, she facilitates a process for exploring the link between our inner and outer journeys and for tuning into the messages sacred sites and landscapes have for us. She believes readings we do on the tour will shine a light on what sustains us spiritually and how we connect with it.

Jamie GeorgeJamie George
Director of Gothic Image Tours, Jamie George, has been taking spiritual pilgrims on tours for over 30 years. “It’s been an honour to journey with so many interesting and inspiring people, helping them tune in to the history, mystery and magic of ancient sacred places, where every site has a story to tell. I imagine myself coming there for the first time, and if you put yourself in that position, all kinds of things can open up. For me, it’s a dance between memory and revelation. Some of the most memorable times are those when we’re just having fun. You find yourself laughing and joking because you’re opening up, you’re becoming much more at one with yourself and the land.”

Key sites on our journey which starts in Inverness and ends in Glasgow, include:

  • Inverness and surrounding area
    • Prehistoric Clava Cairns and standing stones
    • Rosemarkie Fairy Glen
    • Loch Ness
  • Orkney
    • Skara Brae
    • Maes Howe
    • Stones of Stennes
    • Ring of Brodgar
    • Aarchaeological dig on the Ness of Brodgar
  • Iona
    • Abbey
    • Nunnery
    • St Columba’s Chapel
  • Standing stones at Kilmartin

Note: This tour is sure to be popular following the success of Tarot Magic in Merlin’s Britain in 2017, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Detailed Itinerary

tulloch castle hotel

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Day 1 – Monday, May 14
We rendezvous at 12 noon at The Meeting Place café situated within the main concourse of the terminal building at Inverness airport. Transfer to Tulloch Castle hotel in Dingwall for lunch and orientation. Free time until an introductory Tarot workshop prior to dinner.
Overnight in Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall.

Day 2 – Tuesday, May 15
We drive to Rosemarkie on the Black Isle where we follow a stream through an enchanted wooded glen, with two beautiful waterfalls. The Fairy Glen was once the scene of a well- dressing ceremony, where the children of the village decorated a pool, next to a spring, with flowers. This was said to ensure that the fairies kept the water supply clean. In the afternoon we visit Balnuaran of Clava, the site of an exceptionally well- preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns that were built about 4,000 years ago. Here we hold a Druid ceremony to celebrate Beltane, the festival that ushers in the cycle of summer. Overnight in Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall.

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 16
Today we travel north up the rugged north-east coast of Scotland, to Thurso, overlooking the Pentland Firth. Here we take a boat to the Islands of Orkney. In this timeless place, where the quality of the light and the air are so special, we feel on the edge of the world. Here are some of the best-preserved ancient sites in Europe – stone circles, earth houses, round barrows and prehistoric villages that reveal to us a simple but noble way of life in ancient times.
Tarot workshop with Mary Greer.
Overnight in Woodwick House/ Woodwick Mill.

Day 4 – Thursday, May 17
Today we visit the windswept prehistoric village of Skara Brae by the Bay of Skaill. Here we view the remains of a beautifully preserved 3000BC village with sophisticated architecture and built-in stone furniture. From here, we go to the great chamber of Maes Howe that receives the light of the setting sun at midsummer along its passage. We marvel at the exquisite stonework within the mound and view the runic art etched into the pillars of the chamber. In the afternoon there is time to explore the capital, Kirkwall, with its ancient paved streets, St Magnus Cathedral, craft shops and galleries.
Overnight in Woodwick House/ Woodwick Mill.

Day 5 – Friday, May 18
We visit the neolithic stone circles of Stennes and the Ring of Brodgar, prehistoric sun and moon temples that are part of a sacred ritual landscape. We are joined here by local guides, Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean. Next is a guided tour of the archaeological excavations on the Ness of Brodgar which show that these sites pre-date Stonehenge and Avebury by some 500 years.
Overnight in Woodwick House/ Woodwick Mill.

Day 6 – Saturday, May 19
Today we take the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Oban, stopping along the way at Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where parts of the ancient Caledonian Forest can be found. Here, according to legend, Merlin ran wild for 30 years after a battle where the last Pagan king of Britain, and all of Merlin’s friends and relations, were slaughtered. In the Druid tradition, Merlin is both Magician and Hermit, so here, in a ritual, we will invoke these two aspects of ourselves. Tarot workshop on the coach with Mary Greer.
Overnight in Oban.

Day 7 – Sunday, May 20
We take the ferry to the island of Mull and thence to the sacred island of Iona. Here is an island of dreams – a place that, as Fiona Macleod described, “None can understand who do not see it through its pagan light, its Christian light, its singular blending of paganism and romance and spiritual beauty”. Jamie leads an optional walk to the ruins of a stone cell built by a devout hermit. It’s off the beaten track, up a hill and through a couple of fences, but once there, a great place to sit a while and ponder life’s mysteries.
Overnight on Iona.

Day 8 – Monday, May 21
Free day on Iona. There are many sites to visit in this timeless land, mainly Christian, such as the 12th century Abbey, St Columba’s Chapel, Oran’s Chapel and the 12th century Nunnery. But the treasures of the island are to be found in the enchanted places where nature shows herself slowly and shyly to the curious pilgrim. A final Tarot workshop with Mary Greer.
Overnight on Iona.

Day 9 –  Tuesday, May 22
In the morning we travel to Drymen near Loch Lomond for our last night. En route we stop at Kilmartin Valley to visit Temple Wood stone circle and cairns. Here we hold a closing ritual to celebrate our time together on the tour.
Overnight in Drymen

Day 10 – Wednesday, May 23
After breakfast we depart for Glasgow Airport for international, domestic flights and transfers. We arrive by 10 am in time for flight departures from 1 pm onwards. Those joining the Tarot Magic in Merlin’s Britain tour, fly to London Heathrow.

What to Expect on This Tour

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We always spend a good amount of time at each site so that you benefit fully from the ambience and subtle magic of the experience. Ours are not ‘now you see it – now you don’t’ tours. Our focus is on experiencing the ‘spirit of place’ and the peculiar enchantment that each site offers, and learning something from it.

We visit inspiring locations where the ancient spirits of each place still reside. In addition, some of you will be returning to the homes of your ancestors. This can raise spiritual and emotional issues. On our tours we seek to build a supportive atmosphere, and your fellow travellers tend to be of a supportive and understanding disposition. At different sites that we visit, you will be given opportunity for reflection and peace. This inner dimension is what makes our tours especially memorable – a pilgrimage and nourishment for the soul.

The pace is not rushed. There are some areas where we climb steps or hills, but otherwise each site is easily accessible and within walking distance from the coach. Nevertheless, you will get some physical exercise!

We reserve the right to vary the itinerary as necessary, to provide the best possible experience under the circumstances prevailing at the time.

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