The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland
A Guide to Scotland’s Ancient Sites and Sacred Places
The first guidebook to weave together the cultural, historical and spiritual aspects of this fascinating country, it will enhance the experience of the armchair traveller as well as any pilgrim to the ancient magical land of Scotland.
Scotland has a rich prehistory stretching from Neolithic times through the Bronze and Iron Ages. She has islands from the magnificent Orkneys and Shetlands, to the Outer Hebrides and the Uists, the Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides. Each one is renowned for its ancient sanctity.
Scotland was home to many different cultures including the Picts, Celts and Norse. She has a particularly unique and stunning landscape with holy mountains, spectacular lochs and sacred trees. The Highlands with their Pictish settlements and carved standing stones offer yet another kind of awe-inspiring beauty. Poets, bards and folklore; Arthurian and Merlin related sites; Celtic Christian foundations and their Saints; haunting ancient stones of every size and configuration – all are to be found in this land.
This guidebook not only takes the reader on an inspiring journey of discovery into Scotland’s past but also offers directions to places regarded by Scots themselves of special importance, what they mean and their relevance today.
Marianna Lines lived in Scotland since 1977 and spent much of her life studying the carved stones of Scotland. She co-founded the Pictish Arts Society, was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation. Artist, writer, playwright and printmaker (Stoneline Designs), she was also the author of Sacred Stones, Sacred Places. Her final home was the village of Collessie in the Howe of Fife.