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24-07-17

Ireland the Ancient Emerald Isle

Ireland Tour (7 days)
 

After arriving in Dublin off the ferry from Holyhead our tour of the Emerald Isle will begin by heading across country to Galway on the west coast. Here we will book into our hotel in Salthill on the banks of the famous Galway Bay. On the way west we will visit the historic town of Athlone on the banks of the river Shannon and the nearby Monastic site of Clonmacnoise.

Our first day tour will be to the Carrowmore Ancient Cemetery, in the county of Sligo, the location of the best collection of megalithic sites in Ireland. We will then have a well earned free day in Galway, with its picturesque coast and busy city shops, bars and restaurants. The following day will be spent exploring the wide range of ancient and historical sites and amazing open landscapes of the Burren.

On day five we will transfer to the town of Trim, with its spectacular riverside castle. Here we will book into the fine 'Castle Arch Hotel', our base for the next two nights. On the way we will call at Fore with its unexpected collection of ancient buildings and peculiar myths ( Town of the Seven Wonders), hiding away within surrounding hills. We will then climb up to the Loughcrewe chambered Cairn before calling at the historic towns of Kells, the Celtic home of the 'Book of Kells' and Navan with its interesting church and round tower.

The Meath town of Trim is ideally situated to explore the Boyne valley and from here we will spend time at the Hill of Tara, Ireland's ancient seat of Kings, the Fourknocks passage tomb and the World famous Newgrange and Knowth Chambered Tombs. As usual for a Megalithic Tour, unusual and interesting situations and events will inevitably present themselves and it is these that can make the difference for our small groups

   
15-07-17

Yorkshires Amazing Megaliths

Yorkshire Tour (3 days)
  Since before the Romans arrived in Britain Yorkshire was the centre of Brigantia, the home of the ancient tribes that revered the Goddess Bridget but three thousand years before this mighty stone monuments were being erected across the lands to mark sacred places and pilgrimage routes. Our exploration of the ancient sites of Yorkshire will begin in the town of Ilkley, standing at the foot of Ilkley (or Rombalds) Moor. Here we will start the day in the famous Betty's Tea Rooms before driving up onto the moor and taking a scenic walk to the Swastika Stone. We will then head west through the Yorkshire countryside to the magnificent Devil’s Arrows Megalithic Stone Alignment and the huge Thornbourgh Henges, booth sitting on the ancient pilgrimage way known as the ‘Ur-Swale Plateau. From here we will head east across the North Yorkshire Moors stopping off at the moors village of Helmsley, on route to picturesque Scarborough, where we will spend the night. Day two starts with a Sunday morning visit to Whitby, the site of the Abbey remains which inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula! We will also have the opportunity to visit the Rudston Monolith the tallest in Europe and the Duggleby Round Barrow and other ancient sites including the Ramsdale stone circle and Bridestones Standing Stones
   
02-07-17 Scottish West Coast Highlands and Islands
Scotland 8 Day Tour
  This ever popular island hoping extravaganzahas been updated and extended with a brand new itinerary
   
24-06-17 Mystical Anglesey Weekend
Anglesey 2 Day Tour
  Although firmly part of North Wales the Island of Anglesey has a distinctive mystical character of its own which stretches back to a time when Anglesey was a Druid homeland until around the end of the BC period. It was in 60AD when the Roman legions faced the terrifying sight of the painted warring Druids across the Menai Strait or Afon Menai. It had been this narrow stretch of sea that had allowed the Druids to fend off the encroaching Roman invaders until this final standoff. After the Romans left Anglesey the ensuing power vacuum was filled by the return the British kings and the area of Aberffrew became capital of the kingdom of Gwynedd. It was around this time that two holy men arrived on Anglesey, St Cybi who set up his monastery on Anglesey's Holy Isle, in Holyhead and St Seiriol who established Holy Penmon at the opposite side of the Island. The wide range of ancient, mystical and historical sites to be discovered on Anglesey reflect this diverse history and during our tour we will traverse the island visiting a whole range of fascinating and well-preserved sites
   
10-06-17 Cathar Country Tour
France Tour (10 days)
  On this epic adventure we will be visiting lands steeped in mystery and legend stretching back to Old Testament times. The South of France's Languedoc boasts a rich, diverse and fascinating history all set within some of the most beautiful and spectacular countryside anywhere. These lands were home to the mighty Visigoths, the mysterious Merovingian kings, the mystical sect of Catharism and the Knight Templar. More recently they were the home of Francois Berenger Sauniere, the priest of the tiny hill top hamlet of Renne-le-Chateau, who's intriguing story inspired a BBC documentary series, the World best seller 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' and the international block-buster novel 'The Da Vinci Code', which in turn was turned into a massively successful Hollywood Movie
   
03-06-17 Derbyshire Ancient Sites
Derbyshire Day Tour
  On this ever popular day tour we will start with a visit to the Cat and Fiddle tea rooms on the Moors pass , before touring the ancient and mystical sites of Derbyshire. The Peak District has been an area with a distinctly mystical element for thousands of years, with many ancient sites to be found around the landscape. We will visit Arbor Low Henge and Stone Circle, with its outlying man made Gib Hill, which is one of the most significant sites in Britain and has been called the Stonehenge of the North and which receives hundreds of visitors every year. On the other hand we will take in the tiny and magical Dol Tor Stone Circle, hiding at the edge of a little known wood
   
21-05-17

Ancient Brittany and the Megalithic Stones. Alignments of Carnac

France Tour (7 days)
 

The area of North Western France known as Brittany can be viewed as a continuation of an ancient sacred land stretching from the Isles of Scotland, down the west coast of Britain and across the English Channel. It is along this expanse that the Megalithic Stone Builders of the Neolithic Age left their mark in the form of sacred areas and pilgrimage routes covered with stone circles, long-barrows, chambered tombs and standing stones. On our ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we visit a wide range of sacred sites including the many fields of highly unique Stone Alignments, or vast multiple rows of standing stones. This spectacular experience takes ancient site tours to another level and is a must for anyone interested in our megalithic past.

We will have plenty of time to tour the Carnac Stone Alignments but Brittany has a great deal more to offer. The many Dolmans of the area are varied in design and some contain fine ancient rock carvings, the main one being on the small island of Gavrinis, which we shall reach by ferry across the Golfe du Morbihhan. The still complete Kercado chambered tomb with its internal passageway over 20 feet long and 16 ft high dome with a standing stone sitting on its summit is a special treat. It stands on the edge of the main Kermario alignments with the Manio Giant stone standing at an impressive 21 ft tall, nearby. The Pierres Plates Allee Couverte, or stone covered passageway, stretches along the seafront with its right angle turn and intriguing rock carving. There are many more ancient sites to visit including the Champ Dolent menhir that, standing at nearly 30 feet it is the highest megalithic standing stone in Europe.

For the majority of this epic ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we will be staying in the village of Carnac itself with a day off to take in the nearby beach, shops and the fine Archaeology Museum. Our final night will be in the fantastic walled city of St Malo with its excellent restaurants and bars, beach and easily walkable ramparts that surround the city

   
07-05-17

Mystical Cornwall. Ancient Sites Tour

Cornwall Tour (7 days)
 

The mystical Atlantic peninsula of Cornwall is home to a whole variety of ancient sites and we have a full week to explore the wonderful countryside and spectacular sea and cliff views of this English Riviera. Our home for the week will be the Ponsmere Hotel ‘the Hotel on the Beach, in the small seaside town of Perranporth where we will have a free day to relax on the beach where surfing lessons are available for the energetic. You could walk the cliffs and discover the Hidden Church and other gems of the area, spend time in the hotel pool, or just visit the shops and bars. The Watering Hole pub, near the hotel, is the only licensed beach bar in Britain and is one of the town's live music venues. After ten years this might be the last year that we will be able to stay at the Ponsmere Hotel, The Hotel on the Beach, so don't miss the chance.

We will have two days visiting the ancient sites of the Lands End Peninsula where we will find a plethora of stone circles, ancient holy wells, Cornish Crosses and ancient settlements. We will also have a full day on Bodmin Moor the home of the famous Hurler Stones stone circles, the Cheese Rings and the Quartz Duloe Stone Circle. We will also call in at the Jamaica Inn, the old smugglers meeting place on the moor and the location of the smugglers museum and where Daphne Du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock based their novel and film of the same name. Not far from the inn is a little known church which was once a meeting place of the Knights Templar.

We will also visit the Cornish town of Tintagel where we will visit Tintagel Castle, said to be the birth place of King Arthur and Merlin's Cave beneath it. We will then move on to mystical Boscastle to visit the famous and fascinating witchcraft museum, which boasts exhibits from a whole variety of mystic and magical traditions.

Cornwall is an epicentre of ancient sites particularly from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and a visit here is a must for anyone interested in exploring mystical Britain.

   
23-04-17 The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Ancient Sites Tour
Channel Islands 7 Day Tour
 

Day 1.Travel down to the South coast, catch the ferry to Jersey and book into the hotel. Day 2.A day visiting the ancient and historical sites of Jersey. Day 3. A second day on Jersey and catch the evening ferry accross to Gurnsey. Day 4. A day visiting the ancient and historical sites of Guernsey. Day 5. A further day on Gurnsey. Day 6. Catch the morning ferry back to Poole and travel home

   
14-04-17

Mysterious Isle of Man

Isle of Man Tour (4 days)
 

It is said that the Sea God Manannan threw his cloak of mist over the Isle of Man to protect it from seaborne invaders. Maybe it was this that led to the preservation of one of the finest collections of ancient, mystical and historical sites to be found anywhere. The Isle of Man has an individual personality and can truly boast an undisturbed history in microcosm unique in the British Isles.

Our Hotel for the three nights is on the seafront of the magnificent Douglas Bay, just down from where our Steam Packet Ferry arrives from Liverpool. From here we will transverse the entire Isle of Man and discover its incredible range and diversity of ancient and historical sites.

From the Neolithic and Bronze Ages the Cashtal yn Ard and King Orry's Grave Chambered Tombs are outstanding whilst the Meayll Hill is a real one off. The Vikings left us Ship Burials and the splendid Long Houses at the Braaid Farmstead and the beginnings of Christianity can be found at the St Patrick's carved standing stones and then the many remains of early Keeill chapels, again distinctively found on the Isle of Man. Also from this time period are the collections of magnificently carved stone crosses unequalled anywhere. The lovely old churches at Marown and Lonan provide a wonderfully atmospheric experience and at the remains of St Trinian's hear the story of the angry Bogart. We will visit the Cronk ny Merriu Promontory Fort, the Civil War fort of Ballachurry, Tynwald Hill the ancient centre of Manx government, the peaceful Glen Mooar with its spectacular Spooyt Vane waterfall and St Patrick's Keeill chapel. In Douglas we visit the Isle of Man Museum that helps put the whole experience together with its exhibits from all the time periods we will have covered and a fascinating film of Manx history

   
08-04-17 Mysterious Anglesey
Anglesey 2 Day Tour
  Although firmly part of North Wales the Island of Anglesey has a distinctive mystical character of its own which stretches back to a time when Anglesey was a Druid homeland until around the end of the BC period. It was in 60AD when the Roman legions faced the terrifying sight of the painted warring Druids across the Menai Strait or Afon Menai. It had been this narrow stretch of sea that had allowed the Druids to fend off the encroaching Roman invaders until this final standoff. After the Romans left Anglesey the ensuing power vacuum was filled by the return the British kings and the area of Aberffrew became capital of the kingdom of Gwynedd. It was around this time that two holy men arrived on Anglesey, St Cybi who set up his monastery on Anglesey's Holy Isle, in Holyhead and St Seiriol who established Holy Penmon at the opposite side of the Island. The wide range of ancient, mystical and historical sites to be discovered on Anglesey reflect this diverse history and during our tour we will traverse the island visiting a whole range of fascinating and well-preserved sites
   
01-04-17 Lake District South and Coast Tour
Lake District 1 Day Tour
  This action packed days adventure will include Lakeland towns, majestic fells and beautiful mountain and coastal views. We will begin with a visit to the town of Keswick, lying at the heart of the Northern Lake District. Before moving onto Castelrigg, standing on the outskirts of the town in a wonderful natural amphitheater of mountains. From here we will drive high up onto the fells to take in the tranquil Blakely Rise Stone Circle, one of the most remote ancient monuments in Britain. We will then head for the coast and a lunch break in the town of Whitehaven, with its yachting marina and seaside market. We will then travel south exploring some of the most amazing ancient, mystical and historical sites all the way to the south coast
   
18-03-17 North Wales Ancient and Mystical Sites Weekend
N. Wales Weekend Tour
  The beautiful landscapes and panoramic coastlines of North Wales hide a treasure trove of historical sites ranging from the natural sacred waterfall at Dyserth and the Well in Holyhead to man made Stone Age monuments such as the standing stones in the Gwytherin churchyard and the burial chamber at Capel Garmon.

We will be visiting all of the these together with Maen Achwyfan, a Christianised Ancient Cross, two of the earliest Templar graves and as many more sites as we can fit in. These hills and valleys were also reputed to have been the home of King Arthur and we will be visiting sites associated with the legend.

The amazing hill top fort of Dinas Bran, overlooking the town of Llangollen, (where we will stay for the night), is said to have been built to hold the holy grail and the Valle Crusis Abbey, Eliseg's Pillar and Arthurs Stone in Ruthlin all have their Arthurian connections
   
04-03-17-
05-03-17
Mysterious Earth Conference 2017
Grimsargh

Two day conference covering many aspects of Earth Mysteries with expert speakers from throughout Britain, the Mysterious Earth Conference will be held in Grimsargh. Stalls including: Tours to Ancient, Mystical & Historical Sites, Specialist Books, Ancient site slate paintings, Crystals & things, Lunch & Drinks

Speakers Include:

Mike Oram - Strange Water Creatures of Loch Morar and the Lakes of Connemara

Peter Knight - Dartmoor Mindscapes – Re-Visioning A Sacred Landscape

Elaine Speakman - Kaleidescope. Meeting and working with the unseen World of Gaia

Neil McDonald - Malta & Gozo, Mysterious Megalithic Islands

Kevin Rowan-Drewitt - Spirals on Circles

Claire Heron - Sacred Water. From Holy Wells to Human Cells

Hugh Newman - Giants on Record: Lost World of the Ancient Megalith Builders

John Lamb - Contact with the Spirit of Place. An experiential journey

   
25-02-17 Lake District North Mystical Sites Tour
Cumbria Day Tour
  The Northern Lake District tour was the first ever Megalithic Day and it continues to be popular today. With Castlerigg and Long Meg we are luck enough to be able to visit two of the best stone circles in Britain and kemp Howe and the Goggleby Stone are the remains the ancient Belinus Line. The variety of sites also includes the two magnificent henges of Mayburgh and King Arthur's Round Table, a Viking burial, ancient thumb crosses, the bizarre Dacre Bears, time in Keswick and more
   
18-02-17 Vale of Eden Tour
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
 

Proposed Itinerary: Pendragon Castle, Lamerside Fortified Homestead, Kirkby Stephen, Brough Castle, Shap Abbey, Keld Chapel ,
Powdonnet Early Holy Site & Spring, Morland Saxon Church Tower, Clifton Hall Peel Tower, Brougham Hall, The Countess Pillar

   
11-02-17 Mysterious Lancashire Day Tour 2
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
 

In the isolated village of Tockholes we find the evidence of an ancient history of alfresco preaching with the Toches Stone and an Outside Pulpit. Pendle Heritage Centre Near Pendle Hill we will hear of George Fox's vision, which led to the creation of Quakerism. Also the forest around the hill was a centre for witchcraft.

Sawley Abbey In the village of Grindleton the strange religion of Grindletonianism was born and was preached in the villages 'Hell Fire Square'. Clitheroe Hear of the Boggart of Ribchester Stydd Chapel The strange story of the Written Stone

   
04-02-17 Mysterious Lancashire Day Tour 1
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
 

Hear about John Dee & Edward Kelly raising the dead and visit the churchyard in Preston were the deed was done.On the Old Ribble Bridge in Preston hear the amazing story covering Jacob to the Jacobites and the Holy Grail in Preston.

A Brief Encounter in Carnforth. The origins of the United States of America in to be found in Warton, Nr Carnforth. The ancestral home of George Washington, the first president. Warton Abbey.

Heysham:- Knights Templar Graves, Crusader Cross, Viking Cross Base, Celtic Church remains & the ancient pilgrimage trail, Strange graves carved into the bedrock, Sight of a prehistoric temple? Cave Dwellings, What were the strange dug-out boulders for? Sunderland Point, the sad story of Sambo's Grave, slavery and the cotton tree that now seats a giant. Snatchems, the pub and the King's Shilling.

   
21-01-17 Spain's Costa Del Sol, Megaliths and the Alhambra
Spain 7 Days
 

The holiday will begin with meeting at Malaga Airport. This will include daily ancient site tours around the island (possibly with a day off, mid-week) and accommodation on a B&B basis. The price does not include flights, travel insurance and site entrance fees

   
27-12-16 New Year - Brittany Cotes D'Amor
France 8 Days
 

The area of North Western France known as Brittany can be viewed as a continuation of an ancient sacred land stretching from the Isles of Scotland, down the west coast of Britain and across the English Channel. It is along this expanse that the Megalithic Stone Builders of the Neolithic Age left their mark in the form of sacred areas and pilgrimage routes covered with stone circles, long-barrows, chambered tombs and standing stones. On our ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we visit a wide range of sacred sites including the many fields of highly unique Stone Alignments, or vast multiple rows of standing stones. This spectacular experience takes ancient site tours to another level and is a must for anyone interested in our megalithic past.

We will have plenty of time to tour the Carnac Stone Alignments but Brittany has a great deal more to offer. The many Dolmans of the area are varied in design and some contain fine ancient rock carvings, the main one being on the small island of Gavrinis, which we shall reach by ferry across the Golfe du Morbihhan. The still complete Kercado chambered tomb with its internal passageway over 20 feet long and 16 ft high dome with a standing stone sitting on its summit is a special treat. It stands on the edge of the main Kermario alignments with the Manio Giant stone standing at an impressive 21 ft tall, nearby. The Pierres Plates Allee Couverte, or stone covered passageway, stretches along the seafront with its right angle turn and intriguing rock carving. There are many more ancient sites to visit including the Champ Dolent menhir that, standing at nearly 30 feet it is the highest megalithic standing stone in Europe.

For the majority of this epic ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we will be staying in the village of Carnac itself with a day off to take in the nearby beach, shops and the fine Archaeology Museum. Our final night will be in the fantastic walled city of St Malo with its excellent restaurants and bars, beach and easily walkable ramparts that surround the city

   
02-11-16 Magical Malta
Malta 8 Days
  We are heading over to the ex-British Island of Malta to explore its long and varied history and culture. Beginning with the islands ancient stone Temples which are amongst the oldest and most magnificent in the world and are a reminder of a lost civilization
   
29-10-16 Pendle Witch Day Tour
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
 

On this unique full days tour of around ten hours, we will visit key locations as we follow the unfolding of the story. Our first visit will be Gisburn church and from there we will move into the Pendle area, calling at the rolling hills of Pasture Head, where we will hear of the meeting at Malkin Tower, then we will visit the Visitors Center and other places of interest. We will then following the trail taken by Demdike, Chattox and the other accused as they made their long and fateful journey from Pendle to Lancaster. On route we will call of at Clitheroe castle and then make our way over the picturesque moors of the Trough of Bowland.

On arriving at Lancaster we will take the guided tour of the castle, where our accused were held and tried, before being hung at Golotha. If time permits we will visit the pub, where they called off on there way to to the gallows, for a last drink.

   
22-10-16 Vale of Eden Tour
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
 

Proposed Itinerary: Pendragon Castle, Lamerside Fortified Homestead, Kirkby Stephen, Brough Castle, Shap Abbey, Keld Chapel ,
Powdonnet Early Holy Site & Spring, Morland Saxon Church Tower, Clifton Hall Peel Tower, Brougham Hall, The Countess Pillar

   
07-10-16 Menorca - Megalithic Island Reconnaissance Tour
Menorca 7 Day Tour
 

On this special reconnaissance tour, with an exceptional one off low price, we will be exploring the amazing megalithic sites on this Spanish, Mediterranean island. Although we will all be discovering these unique monuments for the first time, I am have been searching out ancient sites for many years and will have thoroughly researched the whereabouts of theses island treasures. The weather at this time of the year averages around 20 Celsius (68 F), so pretty much like British summer..

This will include daily ancient site tours around the island (possibly with a day off, mid-week) and accommodation on a B&B basis. The price does not include flights and travel insurance.

   
24-09-16 North Wales Ancient and Mystical Sites Weekend
N. Wales Weekend Tour
  The beautiful landscapes and panoramic coastlines of North Wales hide a treasure trove of historical sites ranging from the natural sacred waterfall at Dyserth and the Well in Holyhead to man made Stone Age monuments such as the standing stones in the Gwytherin churchyard and the burial chamber at Capel Garmon.

We will be visiting all of the these together with Maen Achwyfan, a Christianised Ancient Cross, two of the earliest Templar graves and as many more sites as we can fit in. These hills and valleys were also reputed to have been the home of King Arthur and we will be visiting sites associated with the legend.

The amazing hill top fort of Dinas Bran, overlooking the town of Llangollen, (where we will stay for the night), is said to have been built to hold the holy grail and the Valle Crusis Abbey, Eliseg's Pillar and Arthurs Stone in Ruthlin all have their Arthurian connections
   
17-09-16 Mystical Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey 2 Day Tour
  Across the narrow stretch of sea known as the Menai Strait or 'Afon Menai' is Anglesey, a mystical oasis which was the last strong hold of the ancient Druids, who held the island against the Roman invasion and apparently insurmountable odds. Continuing the islands sacred heritage, in later years it witnessed the settlement of the two monks, St Cebi the Dark and St Seiriol the Fair, who set up monasteries at Holyhead and Holy Penmon. At Lligwy we will walk through the centuries on this island, which holds some of the most interesting, unusual and well-preserved sites in the Britain, including the famous Bryn Celli Dhu. We will traverse the island to see as much as we can possible fit in to this weekend exploration. B&B will be in the beautiful Cemaes Bay
   
09-09-16

Mystical Isle of Man

Isle of Man Tour (4 days)
 

The Isle of Man has a real and individual personality and is unique in the British Isles; it is undisturbed history in microcosm, a place where the ancient and pagan beliefs naturally integrated with the new Christian teachings without the intrusion of Roman invaders, who never located the island. The island was therefore free to evolve in a natural way accepting ideas and blending them with previous belief systems. During the Neolithic period, construction began of chambered tombs such as King Orry s Grave and Cashtal Yn Ard, for ritual and ceremony. Evidence has been found that during this period the island was a staging post for traders travelling between the stone axe factory in the Langdales, Cumbria and Ireland.

The coming of the Bronze Age saw new burial practices brought to the island by the 'Beaker People', from Western Europe and it was during this period that smaller burial mounds containing stone-lined cysts and ornamented vessels were introduced, together with bronze axes. These burial mounds were known to have been meeting places and it is possible that Tynwald Hill, the ancient meeting place of the Manx government could originally have been such a place. The Iron Age period then saw the construction of many hill forts on the island, such as Balladoole and Cronl-ny-merriu, which may have been triggered by the immigration to the island of Celtic people.

   
03-09-16 Lake District North
Cumbria Day Tour
  The Northern Lake District tour was the first ever Megalithic Day and it continues to be popular today. With Castlerigg and Long Meg we are luck enough to be able to visit two of the best stone circles in Britain and kemp Howe and the Goggleby Stone are the remains the ancient Belinus Line. The variety of sites also includes the two magnificent henges of Mayburgh and King Arthur's Round Table, a Viking burial, ancient thumb crosses, the bizarre Dacre Bears, time in Keswick and more
   
27-08-16 Derbyshire Henges and Stone Circles
Derbyshire Day Tour
  On this ever popular day tour we will start with a visit to the Cat and Fiddle tea rooms on the Moors pass , before touring the ancient and mystical sites of Derbyshire. The Peak District has been an area with a distinctly mystical element for thousands of years, with many ancient sites to be found around the landscape. We will visit Arbor Low Henge and Stone Circle, with its outlying man made Gib Hill, which is one of the most significant sites in Britain and has been called the Stonehenge of the North and which receives hundreds of visitors every year. On the other hand we will take in the tiny and magical Dol Tor Stone Circle, hiding at the edge of a little known wood
   
19-08-16 Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Avebury
Wiltshire & Somerset Tour (4 days)
 

The ancient sacred landscapes of the Wiltshire Plains and the Marlborough Downs, which boast the mighty Stonehenge and the massive Avebury Stone Circle complex as their centrepieces are amongst the greatest gems of the Megalithic World and we will have a full day exploring these sites, including the amazing West Kennett Long Barrow, the Sanctuary Circle, Silbury Hill, Woodhenge, Old Sarum and more. The day will end with full 'Private Access to Stonehenge' for an hour at sunset, (where access has been extremely limited in recent years).

Our hotel will be in the centre of Glastonbury, where we will be visiting the famous Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey, which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere. The 'Chalice Well Gardens' with its red and white springs, healing pool and peace garden is also a place of pilgrimage and we will visit here after taking in Joseph of Aramathea's Holy Thorn. We will also have free time to explore Glastonbury town and to experience the spiritual atmosphere, which seems to hang in the air. The town has many interesting shops to visit including some excellent specialist bookshops

   
24-07-16

Ireland the Ancient Emerald Isle

Ireland Tour (7 days)
 

After arriving in Dublin off the ferry from Holyhead our tour of the Emerald Isle will begin by heading across country to Galway on the west coast. Here we will book into our hotel in Salthill on the banks of the famous Galway Bay. On the way west we will visit the historic town of Athlone on the banks of the river Shannon and the nearby Monastic site of Clonmacnoise.

Our first day tour will be to the Carrowmore Ancient Cemetery, in the county of Sligo, the location of the best collection of megalithic sites in Ireland. We will then have a well earned free day in Galway, with its picturesque coast and busy city shops, bars and restaurants. The following day will be spent exploring the wide range of ancient and historical sites and amazing open landscapes of the Burren.

On day five we will transfer to the town of Trim, with its spectacular riverside castle. Here we will book into the fine 'Castle Arch Hotel', our base for the next two nights. On the way we will call at Fore with its unexpected collection of ancient buildings and peculiar myths ( Town of the Seven Wonders), hiding away within surrounding hills. We will then climb up to the Loughcrewe chambered Cairn before calling at the historic towns of Kells, the Celtic home of the 'Book of Kells' and Navan with its interesting church and round tower.

The Meath town of Trim is ideally situated to explore the Boyne valley and from here we will spend time at the Hill of Tara, Ireland's ancient seat of Kings, the Fourknocks passage tomb and the World famous Newgrange and Knowth Chambered Tombs. As usual for a Megalithic Tour, unusual and interesting situations and events will inevitably present themselves and it is these that can make the difference for our small groups

   
16-07-16

Yorkshires Amazing Megaliths

Yorkshire Tour (3 days)
  Since before the Romans arrived in Britain Yorkshire was the centre of Brigantia, the home of the ancient tribes that revered the Goddess Bridget but three thousand years before this mighty stone monuments were being erected across the lands to mark sacred places and pilgrimage routes. Our exploration of the ancient sites of Yorkshire will begin in the town of Ilkley, standing at the foot of Ilkley (or Rombalds) Moor. Here we will start the day in the famous Betty's Tea Rooms before driving up onto the moor and taking a scenic walk to the Swastika Stone. We will then head west through the Yorkshire countryside to the magnificent Devil’s Arrows Megalithic Stone Alignment and the huge Thornbourgh Henges, booth sitting on the ancient pilgrimage way known as the ‘Ur-Swale Plateau. From here we will head east across the North Yorkshire Moors stopping off at the moors village of Helmsley, on route to picturesque Scarborough, where we will spend the night. Day two starts with a Sunday morning visit to Whitby, the site of the Abbey remains which inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula! We will also have the opportunity to visit the Rudston Monolith the tallest in Europe and the Duggleby Round Barrow and other ancient sites including the Ramsdale stone circle and Bridestones Standing Stones
   
09-07-16 Derbyshire Stone Circles
Derbyshire Day Tour
  On this ever popular day tour we will start with a visit to the Cat and Fiddle tea rooms on the Moors pass , before touring the ancient and mystical sites of Derbyshire. The Peak District has been an area with a distinctly mystical element for thousands of years, with many ancient sites to be found around the landscape. We will visit Arbor Low Henge and Stone Circle, with its outlying man made Gib Hill, which is one of the most significant sites in Britain and has been called the Stonehenge of the North and which receives hundreds of visitors every year. On the other hand we will take in the tiny and magical Dol Tor Stone Circle, hiding at the edge of a little known wood
   
18-06-16 Cathar Country Tour
France Tour (10 days)
  On this epic adventure we will be visiting lands steeped in mystery and legend stretching back to Old Testament times. The South of France's Languedoc boasts a rich, diverse and fascinating history all set within some of the most beautiful and spectacular countryside anywhere. These lands were home to the mighty Visigoths, the mysterious Merovingian kings, the mystical sect of Catharism and the Knight Templar. More recently they were the home of Francois Berenger Sauniere, the priest of the tiny hill top hamlet of Renne-le-Chateau, who's intriguing story inspired a BBC documentary series, the World best seller 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' and the international block-buster novel 'The Da Vinci Code', which in turn was turned into a massively successful Hollywood Movie
   
04-06-16 Scottish West Coast Highlands and Islands
Scotland 8 Day Tour
  This ever popular island hoping extravaganzahas been updated and extended with a brand new itinerary
   
22-05-16

Ancient Brittany and the Megalithic Stones. Alignments of Carnac

France Tour (7 days)
 

The area of North Western France known as Brittany can be viewed as a continuation of an ancient sacred land stretching from the Isles of Scotland, down the west coast of Britain and across the English Channel. It is along this expanse that the Megalithic Stone Builders of the Neolithic Age left their mark in the form of sacred areas and pilgrimage routes covered with stone circles, long-barrows, chambered tombs and standing stones. On our ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we visit a wide range of sacred sites including the many fields of highly unique Stone Alignments, or vast multiple rows of standing stones. This spectacular experience takes ancient site tours to another level and is a must for anyone interested in our megalithic past.

We will have plenty of time to tour the Carnac Stone Alignments but Brittany has a great deal more to offer. The many Dolmans of the area are varied in design and some contain fine ancient rock carvings, the main one being on the small island of Gavrinis, which we shall reach by ferry across the Golfe du Morbihhan. The still complete Kercado chambered tomb with its internal passageway over 20 feet long and 16 ft high dome with a standing stone sitting on its summit is a special treat. It stands on the edge of the main Kermario alignments with the Manio Giant stone standing at an impressive 21 ft tall, nearby. The Pierres Plates Allee Couverte, or stone covered passageway, stretches along the seafront with its right angle turn and intriguing rock carving. There are many more ancient sites to visit including the Champ Dolent menhir that, standing at nearly 30 feet it is the highest megalithic standing stone in Europe.

For the majority of this epic ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we will be staying in the village of Carnac itself with a day off to take in the nearby beach, shops and the fine Archaeology Museum. Our final night will be in the fantastic walled city of St Malo with its excellent restaurants and bars, beach and easily walkable ramparts that surround the city

   
08-05-16

Mystical Cornwall. Ancient Sites Tour

Cornwall Tour (7 days)
 

The mystical Atlantic peninsula of Cornwall is home to a whole variety of ancient sites and we have a full week to explore the wonderful countryside and spectacular sea and cliff views of this English Riviera. Our home for the week will be the Ponsmere Hotel ‘the Hotel on the Beach, in the small seaside town of Perranporth where we will have a free day to relax on the beach where surfing lessons are available for the energetic. You could walk the cliffs and discover the ‘Hidden Church' and other gems of the area, spend time in the hotel pool, or just visit the shops and bars. The Watering Hole pub, near the hotel, is the only licensed beach bar in Britain and is one of the town's live music venues. After ten years this might be the last year that we will be able to stay at the Ponsmere Hotel, 'The Hotel on the Beach', so don't miss the chance.

We will have two days visiting the ancient sites of the Lands End Peninsula where we will find a plethora of stone circles, ancient holy wells, Cornish Crosses and ancient settlements. We will also have a full day on Bodmin Moor the home of the famous Hurler Stones stone circles, the Cheese Rings and the Quartz Duloe Stone Circle. We will also call in at the Jamaica Inn, the old smugglers meeting place on the moor and the location of the smugglers museum and where Daphne Du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock based their novel and film of the same name. Not far from the inn is a little known church which was once a meeting place of the Knights Templar.

We will also visit the Cornish town of Tintagel where we will visit Tintagel Castle, said to be the birth place of King Arthur and Merlin's Cave beneath it. We will then move on to mystical Boscastle to visit the famous and fascinating witchcraft museum, which boasts exhibits from a whole variety of mystic and magical traditions.

Cornwall is an epicentre of ancient sites particularly from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and a visit here is a must for anyone interested in exploring mystical Britain.

   
30-04-16 Lindisfarne and Hadrians Wall
North East England Tour (2 days)
  On this much requested weekend tour, we are heading to England's stunning north-east coast. We will travel along Hadrian's Wall exploring; the Banks Turret Mile Castle, the Temple to the God Mithras and Chesters Fort, that was built to guard the Roman bridge which carried Hadrian's Wall over the River North Tyne. It has the best preserved remains of a cavalry fort in Britain. We will also visit the Mare & Foal standing stones, and have a break in the Nortumbrian town of Hexham, before heading to the pretty seaside town of Bamburgh, where we will be staying at the grand Hotel Victoria for B&B. On Sunday morning we will cross the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where we will spend time at the Priory and in the castle grounds. We will then visit the town of Alnwick, with its picturesque square and the famous Barter Books, one of the biggest second hand bookstores in Europe
   
23-04-16 Mysterious Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey 2 Day Tour
  Across the narrow stretch of sea known as the Menai Strait or 'Afon Menai' is Anglesey, a mystical oasis which was the last strong hold of the ancient Druids, who held the island against the Roman invasion and apparently insurmountable odds. Continuing the islands sacred heritage, in later years it witnessed the settlement of the two monks, St Cebi the Dark and St Seiriol the Fair, who set up monasteries at Holyhead and Holy Penmon. At Lligwy we will walk through the centuries on this island, which holds some of the most interesting, unusual and well-preserved sites in the Britain, including the famous Bryn Celli Dhu. We will traverse the island to see as much as we can possible fit in to this weekend exploration. B&B will be in the beautiful Cemaes Bay
   
10-04-16 The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Ancient Sites Tour
Channel Islands 7 Day Tour
 

Day 1.Travel down to the South coast, catch the ferry to Jersey and book into the hotel. Day 2.A day visiting the ancient and historical sites of Jersey. Day 3. A second day on Jersey and catch the evening ferry accross to Gurnsey. Day 4. A day visiting the ancient and historical sites of Guernsey. Day 5. A further day on Gurnsey. Day 6. Catch the morning ferry back to Poole and travel home

   
01-04-16

Mystical Isle of Man

Isle of Man Tour (4 days)
 

The Isle of Man has a real and individual personality and is unique in the British Isles; it is undisturbed history in microcosm, a place where the ancient and pagan beliefs naturally integrated with the new Christian teachings without the intrusion of Roman invaders, who never located the island. The island was therefore free to evolve in a natural way accepting ideas and blending them with previous belief systems. During the Neolithic period, construction began of chambered tombs such as King Orry s Grave and Cashtal Yn Ard, for ritual and ceremony. Evidence has been found that during this period the island was a staging post for traders travelling between the stone axe factory in the Langdales, Cumbria and Ireland.

The coming of the Bronze Age saw new burial practices brought to the island by the 'Beaker People', from Western Europe and it was during this period that smaller burial mounds containing stone-lined cysts and ornamented vessels were introduced, together with bronze axes. These burial mounds were known to have been meeting places and it is possible that Tynwald Hill, the ancient meeting place of the Manx government could originally have been such a place. The Iron Age period then saw the construction of many hill forts on the island, such as Balladoole and Cronl-ny-merriu, which may have been triggered by the immigration to the island of Celtic people.

   
19-03-16 Lake District and South Coast Ancient and Mystical Sites Tour
Lake District 1 Day Tour
  This action packed days adventure will include Lakeland towns, majestic fells and beautiful mountain and coastal views. We will begin with a visit to the town of Keswick, lying at the heart of the Northern Lake District. Before moving onto Castelrigg, standing on the outskirts of the town in a wonderful natural amphitheater of mountains. From here we will drive high up onto the fells to take in the tranquil Blakely Rise Stone Circle, one of the most remote ancient monuments in Britain. We will then head for the coast and a lunch break in the town of Whitehaven, with its yachting marina and seaside market. We will then travel south exploring some of the most amazing ancient, mystical and historical sites all the way to the south coast
   
07-03-16 Mysterious North Wales and the Arthurian Grail Connection
N. Wales Weekend Tour
  The beautiful landscapes and panoramic coastlines of North Wales hide a treasure trove of historical sites ranging from the natural sacred waterfall at Dyserth and the Well in Holyhead to man made Stone Age monuments such as the standing stones in the Gwytherin churchyard and the burial chamber at Capel Garmon.

We will be visiting all of the these together with Maen Achwyfan, a Christianised Ancient Cross, two of the earliest Templar graves and as many more sites as we can fit in. These hills and valleys were also reputed to have been the home of King Arthur and we will be visiting sites associated with the legend.

The amazing hill top fort of Dinas Bran, overlooking the town of Llangollen, (where we will stay for the night), is said to have been built to hold the holy grail and the Valle Crusis Abbey, Eliseg's Pillar and Arthurs Stone in Ruthlin all have their Arthurian connections
   
05-03-16-
06-03-16
Mysterious Earth Conference 2016
Grimsargh

Covering many aspects of Earth Mysteries with expert speakers from throughout Britain, the Mysterious Earth Conference will be held in Grimsargh. Stalls including: Tours to Ancient, Mystical & Historical Sites, Specialist Books, Ancient site slate paintings, Crystals & things, Lunch & Drinks. Speakers include: Linda Sever, John Billingsley, Gillian Smith, Marcus Allen, Helen Kirk, Rupert Soskin, Yuri Leitch, Lindsey Campbell.

   
27-02-16 Lake District North Mystical Sites Tour
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
  As an important part of the megalithic western fringe of ancient Britain the English Lake District is a national treasure.  Here we find some of the some of the most amazing and significant stone circles, Viking and Celtic crosses and historical sites from many time periods including some spectacular castles and abbeys. The Northern Lake District ancient, mystical and historical sites tour was the first ever Megalithic tour and it continues to be popular today. With Castlerigg and Long Meg stone circles we are lucky enough to be able to visit two of the best stone circles in Britain and Kemp Howe and the Goggleby Stone are the remains of the ancient Belinus Line. The variety of sites also includes the two magnificent henges of Mayburgh and King Arthur’s Round Table, a Viking hog back stone, ancient thumb crosses, the bizarre Dacre Bears, time in the old Lake District town of Keswick and more
   
13-02-16 Historical Vale of Eden Tour
Lancashire Tour (1 day)
 

Proposed Itinerary: Pendragon Castle, Lamerside Fortified Homestead, Kirkby Stephen, Brough Castle, Shap Abbey, Keld Chapel ,
Powdonnet Early Holy Site & Spring, Morland Saxon Church Tower, Clifton Hall Peel Tower, Brougham Hall, The Countess Pillar

   
27-12-15 Megaliths of Brittany Cotes D'Amor
France 8 Days
 

The area of North Western France known as Brittany can be viewed as a continuation of an ancient sacred land stretching from the Isles of Scotland, down the west coast of Britain and across the English Channel. It is along this expanse that the Megalithic Stone Builders of the Neolithic Age left their mark in the form of sacred areas and pilgrimage routes covered with stone circles, long-barrows, chambered tombs and standing stones. On our ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we visit a wide range of sacred sites including the many fields of highly unique Stone Alignments, or vast multiple rows of standing stones. This spectacular experience takes ancient site tours to another level and is a must for anyone interested in our megalithic past.

We will have plenty of time to tour the Carnac Stone Alignments but Brittany has a great deal more to offer. The many Dolmans of the area are varied in design and some contain fine ancient rock carvings, the main one being on the small island of Gavrinis, which we shall reach by ferry across the Golfe du Morbihhan. The still complete Kercado chambered tomb with its internal passageway over 20 feet long and 16 ft high dome with a standing stone sitting on its summit is a special treat. It stands on the edge of the main Kermario alignments with the Manio Giant stone standing at an impressive 21 ft tall, nearby. The Pierres Plates Allee Couverte, or stone covered passageway, stretches along the seafront with its right angle turn and intriguing rock carving. There are many more ancient sites to visit including the Champ Dolent menhir that, standing at nearly 30 feet it is the highest megalithic standing stone in Europe.

For the majority of this epic ancient sites tour of Carnac and Brittany we will be staying in the village of Carnac itself with a day off to take in the nearby beach, shops and the fine Archaeology Museum. Our final night will be in the fantastic walled city of St Malo with its excellent restaurants and bars, beach and easily walkable ramparts that surround the city

   
   

 

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