Become an Outlandish Spirit. Join me in the Highlands of Scotland on the Jamie and Claire Tour for Outlandish Spirits as inspired by the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Take a peek into life with a Highlander at our wee Storyteller's Cottage.
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Bedlam and Serenity
The night before a tour is bedlam; tomorrow's journey is serenity. We're off to the Western Isles leading Mara Freeman's Spirit of Scotland tour. Sam has been working very hard of late, as you will suspect, getting her Jamie and Claire tour dates finalised and published for next year (first people have booked already!) and she's creating the itinerary for two new tours for next year.
For the next two weeks we will be guiding sixteen seekers who have come to Scotland to experience our particular brand of the sacred, the ancient sites, Celtic spirituality and the Fairy faith. See Celtic Spirit Journeys here
Some blog-followers will recall that this is a tour we are guiding for our friend and fellow tour-guide, Mara. We ran it in June this year and this is the second edition, by excessively popular demand!
Tours are always bedlam (behind the scenes, or like a swan, all grace above but paddling like mad below) but this one will also be filled with meditation and serenity and calm time. I'm looking forward to it, especially the sailing around the sacred isle of Iona and sitting quietly with a group of like-minded people on some of the most sacred places on our planet.
Now, just got a van to pack, the checklist to go through again...
Rhonda: Today started with a trip to a beautiful church from the 1700s. I had the pleasure of being the one to use the key to open the door, although a bit difficult as it did not work in the usual fashion. Many pictures taken, a reading and an intense emotional moment in the cemetery. It was amazing, beautiful and all that I could have asked for.
Mike: The hilltop church and cemetery was incredibly peaceful, and emotionally stirring with current events at home. Stopping for the trail walk, and enjoying the woods was perfectly in tune with what I hoped for. Walking everywhere in kilted glory feels natural already, like I was meant to. Loving this so much.
Liz: Today I got a chance to put into practice all the hiking I had been doing all summer. It was so worth it to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and to just stop and listen to the voice of God as he whispered to me in the wind through the Scots Pines. Another incredible moment was listening to Scot read the account of Jamie and Claire…
Scot here. We're outlandishing a private tour for an American family from Italy.
You'll like this. Vicky and Jim's bairns are called Jamie and Claire. Aye, really.
What's more, wee Jamie has red hair and his current stature promises great height as an adult.
Cò-dhùi, anyway, I'll hand yeez over to them as they are prolific writers.
Claire- Today we visited to a very hilly place, not a mountain though. I am not exactly sure where we went. I found it very enjoyable. We hiked all around there, and we saw lots of sheep. Jamie ran all around trying to "catch" some sheep. [Aye, a true MacKenzie at heart : "I was just Borrowing them".] It was sort of funny. We stopped at a spot where standing stones used to be. We read a little bit of one of the Outlander books describing Claire's journey through the stones. It was very descriptive, and I liked it a lot. The men hiked all the way up to the top of the hill, but they did not bag a monroe..…
It's been mad busy here at Tour Central. Sam is furiously signing up tour guests for this year (everybody gets Christmas out of the way then they all book their outlandish adventures in January). We spent Christmas up on Loch Ness at a hunting lodge that likes us to play Scottish Hosts for their Christmas guests (there is a point to this story). As part of the activities we took a couple of the guests on a hunt for Uamh Bonaidh Obhair, Dun Bonnet's Cave, which is not far away, so we had been told. The literati will know that this is where James Fraser, 9th of Foyers lived for seven years after the defeat of the Jacobites, (I told you there was a point to the story). We did eventually find the cave, and it was not easy, as you might expect, even with detailed directions. How else would James Fraser have managed to hide for so long with the place regularly patrolled by Redcoats? The story of the servant boy being challenged by Redcoats while carrying a cask of ale is also true. …