In the Autumn of 2012 a Movie was released called ‘Brave’ featuring a feisty young
Scottish princess and the story of her avoiding getting married.
The film was much more than just a pretty story of a strong willed lassie, it was
designed from the outset to remind people with Scottish blood of the spirit of their
By featuring beautiful scenery and characters based upon real people from the four
kingdoms it calls out to that Celtic something written deep within the heart of every
It screams “Visit Scotland” so in September that is what just exactly I did.
First stop Loch Lomand, to enjoy lunch with friends Tand M who live just a stones
The next part of our journey took us through Glen Coe and over many hills to reach
Oban, a small fishing town on the west coast. There was a reason for my wanting to
go to Oban; it is the home of the ferry to Mull, and from Mull it is possible to
cross to the sacred Druid Isle of Iona. Although Iona is perhaps most famous for
its monastery, it is in fact a place sacred to Druids as a holy Island stretching
back into the very mists of time.
Above, leaving the harbour of Oban heading towards Mull.
Below, the beautiful Isle of Mull:
Mull is simply breathtaking
I first found out about the existence of the Isle of Iona from a two part vivid dream
that I had whilst only 16 years old.
I was so moved by the dream that stayed with me and did not fade, that I decided
to look up if any such place existed and was surprised to find out that it does.
Since I was 16 I have always desired to go, to find out why this Island had called
to me and to see if I would recognise its features as seen in my dream.
I guess that I should not have been surprised to find that this Island was most sacred
to Druids and that the Sidhe once spoke with our ancestors here.
We arrived with just a couple of hours to spare on the Island, not enough time to
do more than sense its presence and relate to its energy. I will be returning next
year, gods willing. Left and below: Iona
After this pilgrimage, it was time to spend a few days of restful holiday. We had
a lodge beside the great Caledonian Canal. Holiday accommodation in Scotland is good
value for money and generally to a high standard whether it is a castle or a campsite
that you are visiting. Be prepared for weather that can change every half an hour
If you are visiting Scotland then you simply must get a boat and go out onto a loch....we
did this on Loch Lochy (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Lochaidh) is a large freshwater loch
in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.. The ever changing light, with sky and water and
mountains is a photographers dream. I took the following just using my iPhone 4s
The is a colony of common seals located in the loch to see, and every few minutes
the scene has changed before your eyes.
This is Scottish magic.
Time to explore the canal !
The Caledonian Canal is a canal in Scotland that connects the Scottish east coast
at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. It was constructed
in the early nineteenth century by engineer Thomas Telford
The canal runs some 62 miles (100 km) from northeast to southwest. Only one third
of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness,
Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. These lochs are part of the Great Glen, a geological fault
in the Earth's crust. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune's Staircase,
Banavie), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.
The canal was conceived as a way of providing much-needed employment to the Highland
region. The area was depressed as a result of the Highland Clearances, which had
deprived many of their homes and jobs, and faced with laws which sought to eradicate
their culture, including the right to wear tartan, to play bagpipes, and to speak
The canal would also provide a safer passage for wooden sailing ships from the north
east of Scotland to the south west, avoiding the route around the north coast via
Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth
Any place with a name as powerfully evocative as ‘V’ surely deserves a visit. I was
an 8 mile cycle ride from our lodge but worth it:
As the lock flooded to lift this boat to the next level, the crew of the boat moaned
that the chap playing bagpipes only does so in order to drive everyone else off the
boat with the ‘awful din’ to do all of the work for him!
What a great atmosphere it created
There is a further Druidical point to this page, but before I get to it, please read
on because there is just so much to see and do and experience in this Celtic Motherland
of Scotland and I would like everyone to see what I experienced and to consider going
there themselves... because this place and its people will cast a spell on you and
win over your heart
This is not our video, but I found it on you tube where someone has done a far better
job than I of capturing the splendour of the Jacobite Railway
OK there’s plenty more to show you but that can wait. I have saved the best for last:
The Gaelic Druid Order join the Spiritual Accord
I had the great pleasure and honour to meet with a very special couple, Ruiseart
and Cait Alcorn of the Gaelic Druid Order.
They did not know that I was in Scotland, or that I was coming to see them at the
Clan McPherson Museum that day. It took less than a second for Ruis to recognise
a brother Druid and embrace me warmly upon my arrival and I was deeply touched. After
talking for hours on all manner of subjects Druidic and to do with our ancestors
I was delighted that the Order is very willing to join the Spiritual Accord for Mother