Enchanted Ireland

Land of the Faery Faith
11 – 20 July 2018

Come join us on an enchanted adventure to the Emerald Isle! Ireland is a land of unfading beauty that takes your breath away – a land with an astonishing array of ancient sacred sites each with a story to tell. Its friendly people and rich culture are known throughout the world.

More than any other country in Europe, Ireland has retained its mythological heritage which lives today in the oral tradition of folk tales myths and legends, in literature, in place names and language, in festivals, ceremonies and monuments. Here, a sense of the Otherworld is palpable. We explore all this and more.

We also explore and discover Ireland’s extraordinary heritage by way of pilgrimage to some of the most evocative sites in the world. From stone circles to holy wells, from faerie forts to ogham stones, ancient crosses to beehive huts, sacred lakes to round towers, passage cairns to Celtic shrines. In Ireland’s famous pubs, we are entertained by local musicians and poets of the Irish tradition. This is truly a journey of the soul towards spiritual refreshment and renewal.

Highlights of this fully-escorted tour include:

  • Kildare – St Brigid’s Holy Well and St Brigid’s Cathedral
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Lake of Lough Gur
  • Druid ceremony at Grange Lois, the largest stone circle in Ireland
  • Skellig Michael with its World Heritage listed 11th century monastery and beehive huts (weather permitting)
  • Ring of Kerry and Dingle
  • Newgrange, Knowth, Douth and the Hill of Tara.

Your hosts on the tour are:

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.”

 

jackrobertsJack Roberts, an independent researcher, publisher and author of Sheela-Na-Gigs of Ireland and Britain: The Divine Hag of the Christian Celts and The Sun Circles of Ireland, joins the tour as expert guide. His wealth of knowledge and lively mind bring the ancient sites of this megalithic wonderland to life. “More than three decades of research in many areas of Ireland have resulted in a wide knowledge of the archaeological and historical heritage of the whole of Ireland and have led to a number of publications dealing with some of the more important and often less well understood aspects of Irish history and archaeology,” says Jack.

 

LindaCropLinda Marson, professional Tarot reader, teacher and founder of Global Spiritual Studies, 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. Linda, a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, will assist with the Druid ceremony at Grange Lois.

To receive a copy of the detailed itinerary when it becomes available, please email Linda Marson – linda@globalspiritualstudies.com.

Click the ‘Play’ arrow below to view a video clip with highlights from some of the places we visit on the tour.

Special thanks to The Skellig Experience for permission to reproduce vision from
their documentary, Skellig Michael – Island on the Edge of the World.

Cost
Earlybird: £2,595 per person, twin share
To qualify for the early bird rate you need to book and pay your deposit of £500 by 31 January 2018.

Single supplement: £350 per person. Single rooms are few and on a first come first served basis.
Deposit: £500, payable upon booking

Full price (from 1 February 2018)
£2,695 per person, twin share
Single supplement: £350 pp. Single rooms are few and on a first come first served basis.

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Price includes:

  • full escorted tour throughout
  • excellent, comfortable accommodation.
  • quality coach travel
  • full English breakfasts and three course dinners each day
  • all sea transportation
  • entrance fees to sites
  • guide fees, taxes and gratuities (excl. driver) .

Not included:

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

Payment options: Payment is in UK pounds sterling only. This can be done online through PayPal using a debit or credit card (with OR without a PayPal account). A direct link to PayPal is provided at the bottom of the registration page.