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A Spiritual Journey Around Scotland

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A Spiritual Journey Around Scotland

story by: Jo Wedlock

Coming from a ‘young’ country like New Zealand, we can often be unaware how thousands of years of history can influence the atmosphere, mood and background of a people and seep into the scenery, buildings, songs and folklore.

Here are some interesting ideas to base your Scottish holiday around if you’ve ever felt the desire to wander through the smoky West End of Glasgow, or browse the stores of historic Edinburgh. You will love the chance to experience the best of the city sights while also taking time out to follow the Lei Lines and spiritual hubs, visit Findhorn community in Inverness and Rosslyn Chapel.

  • Enjoy an evening at Glasgow’s West End at the ‘wee chip’ for Scotch Whisky and snacks, followed by dinner at the Ubiquitous Chip next door.  Located in the famous Ashton Lane, a cobblestone alleyway filled with restaurants and bars, this small stone pub is exactly what you expect from a whisky bar.  The restaurant is an upmarket modern example of Scottish food – you’ll not fail to be impressed.
  • Drive to Oban and take the ferry across to Mull. The sunning scenery of the Mull of Kintrye (made famous by Paul McCartney in recent years), then travel by foot and ferry across to Iona – Scotland’s beautiful and magical Island of the Spirit. This utterly peaceful and holy island will stay with you forever. Take time to wander around in the footsteps of saints and enjoy the lay service in the Abbey and Taize singing. The hotels are unlike any you’ll have stayed in.  There are only a couple of hotels on this entire island, so your stay should be split between Columba Hotel and Argyll Hotel – but ensure you book with your HOT specialist for the one that suits you best!
  • Back across the loch and you can take a pleasant drive north alongside Loch Ness, to Inverness. You can then choose to journey on the short drive to Clara Cairns, representing the Virgin, the Goddess and the Crone. This is a haunting landscape, particularly in Culloden that is ripe with the tragedies that happened here during the battles of the clans for Bonnie Prince Charlie.
  • A short drive east is the Findhorn Spiritual Community. If you can’t stay overnight, then ensure you take a tour of this successful and world famous community and village including a delicious organic lunch and time to meditate and visit their beautiful bookstore.
  • Take time to journey south through the magnificent Scottish scenery to the historic capital, Edinburgh. If you want a great stop for lunch on the journey, make it at the William Wallace Monument in Stirling (about half way on the journey) and walk up this small hill to explore Stirling Castle. One of the fascinating facts about this place is that the William Wallace monument had to get replaced after damage around 15 years ago, so the artist was commissioned to rebuild it and to ensure it looked more like ‘Mel Gibson’ as many tourists had complained that the statue didn’t look anything like William Wallace, after their viewing of the movie Brave Heart.
  • Visit Rosslyn Chapel on the outskirts of Edinburgh. This wee chapel was made famous by the books and movies ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and was built by Templars and Masons. It’s described as an ancient treasure trail carved in stone. The afternoon is a good time for exploring Edinburgh Castle, gardens and shops as it’s a bit less busy with tour groups than in the morning.
  • Drive South into Ayrshire to the home of romance poet Robbie Burns.  Writer of such classics as Auld Lang Syne, Red Red Rose and Tam O’Shanter, you can visit his birthplace and place of death and the lovely quaint little village he lived in.
Be sure to check out the Spiritual Journey Around Ireland article, for more inspirational ideas.

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