Sacred Scotland


A spiritual travel adventure through the mists of time in the wild Scottish Isles

Tour fully booked. To be placed on a waiting list, please email Linda Marson.

23 July – 1 August 2024

Connect with the magic that lives within you on a tour of early Celtic Christian and pagan sites in Scotland. Your journey begins with a Druid ceremony in the beautiful woodland setting of the prehistoric Clava Cairns and standing stones near Inverness. It’s a joyous, liberating experience! The photo of the 2022 clan says it all.

After lunch we walk in silence through the Rosemarkie Fairy Glen to a pool and waterfall. In times gone by, locals say that children of the village decorated the pool with flowers as a way of thanking the fairies for keeping the water supply clean.

In the video below, you’ll see the glen and hear one of our spiritual pilgrims describing her experience:

The further up the path I walked, the more it spoke to me. There were no other human voices, so by the time I arrived at the fairy pool with its water sprites leaping over the boulders, I was hooked, I was there!

So, after just one day in this timeless land, the energy of the enchanted landscapes and sacred sites of Scotland will be working their magic on you.

Places you visit on our tour of sacred sites in Scotland

Our guided tour of sacred sites in Scotland starts in Inverness and ends in Glasgow. Highlights of your journey include:

  • Inverness and surrounding area – prehistoric Clava Cairns and standing stones, Rosemarkie Fairy Glen, Loch Ness
  • Orkney – Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stennes and Maes Howe
  • Iona – the Isle of Dreams where you can visit the Abbey, Nunnery, St Columba’s Chapel
  • Standing stones at Kilmartin
  • Tarot readings in sacred sites, which reveal insights into your own spiritual journey…readings whose messages will continue to unfold for years to come.

Click here to download the full itinerary.

Tour registration

Click here to register for the tour. We advise booking early to take advantage of the early bird discount and to avoid disappointment. The 2023 was fully booked.

Joining Jamie and Linda on the Scotland tour was a real pleasure for me energetically and spiritually. Linda’s profound knowledge of the Tarot is amazing and Jamie’s knowledge of the spiritual side of life is profound. It was lovely to spend time and share experiences with like-minded pilgrims... Malliga, Australia

Jamie is a wonderful guide – what I especially like is the way he places you in just the right spot at the right time and then steps back, completely out of the way, and lets you find your own relationship to each sacred place. Journeying with like-minded souls in these truly magical places, is worth every minute. Go whenever you feel the need for something to shift in your life – you won’t be disappointed and you may find something you never expected!Kim, USA

Your tour hosts

Jamie George, Director of Gothic Image Tours, 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. I’ve had the pleasure of organising this journey many times over the years and look forward to warmly welcoming you to this magical land.”

Linda Marson, professional Tarot reader, teacher, video producer and founder of Global Spiritual Studies, has been in a working partnership with Gothic Image Tours since 2013. “The Tarot cards tell a story about the universal human journey…from the big challenges in life to the mundane,” she says. “Travel is a way of life for me and those 78 cards are my favourite travel companions. Consulting the Tarot as you travel can yield amazing insights into stuff that’s going on in your life. Think of those cards as a GPS, one that puts you in the driver’s seat and alerts you to road blocks and shortcuts to where you want to be in your life.” During tours, Linda facilitates a process for using Tarot to explore the messages sacred sites and landscapes have for each person.

Tour guests

Gothic Image Tours

Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean

Helen and Mark live on Mainland Orkney, where, through their company Spiritual Orkney, they offer a range of sacred and spiritual services to visitors, guests, seekers and pilgrims, as well as to local communities. “We are the Scottish Pagan Federation (SPF) Local Organisers for Orkney and are active members of an interfaith dialogue group here,” says Helen. “We facilitate open rituals for the eight major Pagan festivals at The Ring of Brodgar, all of which are open to anyone with a warm heart and open mind.”

Helen is an experienced archaeologist and teacher, as well as a published author. Mark’s background is a combination of Druidry and shamanism. He is currently undertaking training through the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, at Druid grade, and Shamanic training with Twobirds at Anam Cara, Inverness.  He has also trained with the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies. Mark is qualified as an arborist, health care professional and archaeologist. Helen and Mark join the Sacred Scotland tour on Orkney.

Kate and Corwen

Kate and Corwen are musicians and instrument makers who explore the sound world of our Ancestors. Their workshops cover various folk customs including Mumming, Guising, Wassailing, Lent Crocking, Country Dance and more. At a musical soiree at our hotel on Orkney, they entertain us with Viking, Saxon and Medieval music. For more information visit their Ancient Music Ancient Instruments website.

Jan Sutch Pickard

Jan is a published poet who delights in the music of poetry, from hearing it recited with passion, as a child, to learning it by heart and sharing it with her own children. She grew up listening to family legends from two grandmothers, while both parents relished and recited poetry. An early experience was telling stories to her six siblings, and together they made up and performed plays.

Jan is our guest on the last evening on Iona. Her wide repertoire includes stories of Saint Columba to tales of the Clearances and traditional tales of Iona where she lived and worked for six years. During this time, she helped to create a safe and welcoming place where storytelling played a vital role. She was also Warden of the Abbey before moving to the village of Bunessan on the nearby island of Mull, which, of course, has its own traditional tales.

Cost

Rosemarkie Fairy Glen

Rosemarkie Fairy Glen near Inverness

Early bird: £2,850 per person twin share.
To qualify for this price, you must book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2023.

Full price: £2,950 per person, twin share (from 1 January 2024)

Single supplement: £550 per person. Single rooms are few and on a first come first served basis.

Deposit: £500, payable upon booking
Final payment is due by 22 May 2024

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Price includes:

  • quality, comfortable accommodation.
  • coach travel
  • full English breakfasts and three course dinners each day
  • all inland transportation
  • entrance fees
  • guide fees, taxes and gratuities (excl. driver).

Not included:

  • international airfares and travel insurance
  • gratuities for the coach driver
  • lunch
  • services and meals not specified.