A couple of weeks on from Neil’s tour of the megalithic sites in Western Scotland and I’m still buzzing with all the amazing things we saw and places we visited. We covered large distances, but the tour is very well thought through and paced so that you feel each day is full with visiting both ancient sites and sites of historical or cultural interest, but with enough time to relax built in so as not to be overwhelmed by the traveling.
We began with the Twelve Apostles in Holywood before journeying to the beautiful carnival of megaliths on Machrie Moor and the astounding Valley of the Kings in Kilmartin Glenn. Callinish on the Isle of Skye was the icing on the cake – beautiful site with an amazing energy to it. Amongst many, many other places we visited during the week were Burns house in Mauchline, (the home of the curling stone), ancient Brochs on both the Isle of Skye and on Lewis, the graves of the Templar Knights in Kilmartin, the home of the famous giant Angus MacAskill, the Eagle Stone in lovely Strathpeffer and of course Beauly Abbey.
I loved all the ferry journeys we did hopping and skipping between the mainland, Arran, Skye, Lewis and on our last day but one, Mull, Iona and Staffa. The trip was certainly epic and there was a terrific camaraderie with Neil and the 7 of us who went on the tour – a motley bunch, but then the shared interest in a connection with our ancestors and the sheer mystery of the stones, was enough for any group to have enough in common for it to be a great and stimulating experience. And we had lots of fun, too, along the way.
Colin Hambrook (Brighton, England)