Well there's a question that opens a leather bag of spiraling worms.
This tour that we are running is for our friend Mara Freeman who is a writer about and teacher of Celtic Spirituality, so the focus is on that aspect of Scottish Culture
Christianity came from the Middle East to Ireland very early, almost before Christ, you might say. It bypassed the other European countries and flourished in the Emerald Isle a few hundred years before the rest of Britain. This happened because there was a pre-existing connection between the Rabbis and the Irish Druids. They liked to swap esoteric knowledge.
The upshot of this is that one of the many Christian sects, post Jesus, was Irish Christianity. To the modern mind, it was somewhat pagan in its ideas, more about poverty and aestheticism, more about the flock, respectful of nature.
Fast forward to 664 AD and the church in Rome was fast becoming the dominant Christian sect (there were still others). In Brita…