This tour is created from my decades of visiting Ireland’s sites. Backed by my research as a writer and my personal network of knowledgeable friends I invite you to enjoy my insights. The tour includes the sites you would see on the shortened version of our sacred Ireland tours, such as the megalithic cairns of Sligo, but also includes Lough Crew Cairns and wonderful sites in the Boyne Valley. We pay more attention to the unspoilt and under-excavated yet significant site of Dowth, partly because it is more accessible yet mysterious – its energies have not been properly explored, and it has been left in a more natural state than Newgrange. Our accommodation is a delightful period house beside the site. From Dowth you can appreciate the context of the landscape more by continuing your journey on foot to Newgrange. This is a magical journey along the Boyne. It culminates on the Hill of Tara where the ancient high Kings were inaugurated and where the myths of Ireland’s races still ring on.
Journeying westward we visit Lough Gur, one of Ireland’s most sacred sites. The hill and lake is full of myths and legends, and a massive stone circle stands nearby that is somewhat unusual in its construction. This can be followed by visiting the hermitages of early monks in the Burren, and poetic haunts in Yeat’s country. Later we can pay our respects at his grave, poignantly situated below Ben Bulben in his ancestral Sligo County. There are countless mythical sites in the Sligo area as we move on to visit the northwest region where St Columba hailed from in Donegal: Glencolumbkille. We can then cross over to Dublin to admire the Book of Kells and the art forms of many other manuscripts, and the antiquities in its museum before ending the tour. Most of all we have ample time to visit fairy sites and sacred sites which many perceived as goddess sites, which means that the divine feminine presence of nature can be easily detected.
When appropriate I will explain the qualities and alignments of the sites. Each of you will have natural propensities to sense some things more than others and so your own journey of perception is honoured above all. Early Christian sites are also very special to visit.
Irish music should of course be sampled at some point en route. For it is through music that the land is captured in its essence. This tour is for those who want total immersion in the other-worldliness of Ireland’s natural landscapes.