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Category: Samhain

What to Bring: list to be sent to participants

Price/Donation: $1925 - $2325 US or $2500 - $2900 Canadi

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Acct. Id: 188576

Event Id: 32075

Posted: Aug.26.2004

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Pat Hogan/Sounds & Furies Productions [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...

Sounds & Furies' Women's Magical Tour in Scotland

When: Oct. 20th. 2004 - Nov. 2nd. 2004
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Samhain and Sacred Sites Tour in Scotland Oct 20 - Nov 2, 2004


Explore some of Scotland's sacred sites - stone circles, cairns, passage tombs, Pictish stones and art - in the company of a small group of women (maximum of 12 participants + tour guide and organizer) .

Sounds & Furies has been offering Women's Magical Tours since 1996 to offer life-changing and affirming experiences for women of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, sexual orientations. An extended payment plan is available to assist women make this trip a reality in their lives. Where there's a will, there's a way!!

Our Scottish Tour Guide:
Marianna Lines is the author of "Sacred Stones, Sacred Sites" and artist, living in the Fife/St. Andrews region of Scotland. Marianna has worked with Pictish stones and ancient sites in Scotland since she emigrated in 1977 from Atlanta, Georgia. She has made an intensive, vigorous archaeo-artistic investigation into the field of Pictish Art, an art form indigenous to Scotland. For more information, visit her website at

$US1925-$2325 or $CDN2500-$2900 sliding scale - pay what you can afford on this scale
(registration form at end of email)

- 13 nights, 14 days (October 20 - November 2, 2004)
- accommodations
- breakfasts
- a welcoming and good bye dinner
- ground transportation and r/t ferry to Isle of Lewis
- Fees for Museum and Callanish Stone Centre (possibly other fees as well)
- a reputable and knowledgeable woman guide

Does not include:
round trip airfare to Edinburgh, meals (other than breakfasts and welcoming and goodbye dinners) , travel or medical insurance.

A $200 US or $300 Canadian reduction off the bottom end of sliding scale is available, upon request, when 2 or more women register together.

Extended Payment Plan:
To make this trip accessible to women who cannot pay in full prior to the trip, a 4 to 6 month payment plan can be arranged, upon request. Please do not hesitate to inquire. Where there's a will, there's a way!!

The use of the sliding scale, the discount, and the extended payment plan acknowledges the differences in women's incomes and ability to pay. The tours are run on a not-for-profit basis; the goal is to break even! The organizer/visionary behind these tours, Pat Hogan, strives to make these tours available to women of lesser means. If this is a trip that calls to you, if finances are an issue, please contact Pat. A plan can and will be worked out! All things are possible!!

October 20 - November 2, 2004
(tour has been created and written by Marianna Lines, Tour Guide)

Day One (Wednesday October 20)
Arrive in Edinburgh at tour's hotel, Hotel Ceilidh-donia, located near Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park, about 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. This is a natural mountain and open park area, wonderful for walks and climbing. . Arthur's Seat is so named because of the legend of King Arthur and his knights waiting inside the 'crystal, hollow hill' to awaken and come forth and save the country when the call comes !!.

Day Two (Thursday October 21)
A day to explore the city. Walk past Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat to the Royal Mile, where the Palace of Holyrood is the Scottish dwelling of the Queen. Take the mile walk up hill (The Royal Mile) to the famous Edinburgh Castle, worthy of a long visit. St. Margaret's Chapel within the Castle grounds is a special spot to visit.

Day Three (Friday October 22)  
Leave on coach to St. Andrews, home of the oldest university in the country, home of golf and a miniature jewel of Edinburgh, on the coast of Fife with its ancient abbeys, castles, carved stones and medieval architecture, Look for old city walls and wide golden beaches. An art historian, tutor to the Prince, at St. Andrews University, will give an orientation and guide the group on a walk around town, pointing out places of interest. Later in the day, head to Dunino Den, an ancient sacred site about 6 miles out of St. Andrews. . Welcoming Dinner in evening.

Day Four (Saturday October 23)  
Free time. This might include visiting standing stones , caves and carved stones in Fife, such as the Lundin Links triple stone site, with 15' high stones located on a ladies golf course, one of the hidden wonders of Fife. Or, take in the Wemyss Caves on the coast near Kirkcaldy where hundreds of carvings tell stories of the ancient Picts. Pictish Sculptured Stones from the 5th to 9th century can be seen in and around St. Andrews.

Day Five (Sunday October 24)
Travel far north to Inverness, and on to Ullapool in the far north west of Scotland on the sea, with overnight accommodations in the comfortable Bunk House Hostel. Stops along the way will include Clava Cairns outside of Inverness, a Neolithic Stone Circle and Cairn site with three stone cairns, two of which are passage cairns, each surrounded by stone circles. A great oak and beech wood has grown up around the stones over the centuries. The site, protected by Historic Scotland, has had decades of archaeological excavations. Witchcraft has played its part there as well.

DAY Six, Seven, Eightand Nine (Monday through Thursday, October 25-28 )
On to the Isle of Lewis ( via Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry. Our group will be staying in a restored ancient village with thatched croft houses, known as the Black House Village, about 8 miles from the world famous Callanish Stones. This stone circle is more important and beautiful than Stonehenge. Over the next 4 days on the Isle of Lewis, the group will travel to the main site of Callanish as well as visiting many of the 20 other satellite sites. The local Guardian of the Stones, Margaret Curtis, an archaeologist and stones guide, an old friend of Marianna's, will orient the group to the goddess and lunar associations with the site. This is a place to tune into the stones, nature and yourself, without distraction. The veil between the mundane and "other" world is thin on Lewis, as it is on many of the Scottish Western Isles.

Day Ten, Eleven, Twelve (Friday through Sunday October 29 - 31)
We return to Ullapool on the mainland by ferry. Travel through the heartland of Scotland to Argyll in the west, land of blood and beauty, great glens and high hills and on to the Glen of Kilmartin, a place steeped in history. Here we stay for two nights to explore standing stones and many of the ancient sites, including a visit to the small award-winning museum, the Kilmartin Museum, known for its great displays, cafe and a wee shop. The group's accommodations for 2 evenings are at the Loch Gair Hotel, in the Lochgilphead area. This area is also rich in history and ancient lore. Quite possibly, an evening will be spent in the local pub with the Laird of Lunga, Colin Lindsay MacDougall, of the Clan MacDougall, reknown spinner of yarns and a teller of old tales. Here we will celebrate the ancient Celtic Fire Festival of Samhain here. In modern terms Samhain is called Halloween.

Day Thirteen (Monday November 1 )
Return to Edinburgh through Scotland's magnificent countryside, on a different route from the one that took us to Argyll. Stop at castles , lochs and rivers along the way and paddle in the burns. Or, spend time at a tea room or two -- a delightful Scottish experience. Return to Hotel Ceilidh-donia in Edinburgh, near Arthur's Seat on the south side of the city. In the evening, we celebrate our journey and new friendships at a Farewell Dinner at the Witchery by the Castle, on the Royal Mile, a 'must" for this magical journey.

Day Fourteen (Monday November 2)
Participants depart for airport after breakfast at our hotel, or continue on their own to explore Scotland or other parts of Europe.

Blessed Be!!

Sign up now!! There are a few spots still available.

Additional Information:
A list of participants will be made available to the group nearer to the tour date. Women whose flights are close together can arrange to meet at the airport and share cabs into Edinburgh, if they choose to. Airport buses are also available into Edinburgh. More information will be available later.

The trip is based on double occupancy. Roommates will be assigned, except for couples!. On days 5 through 9 our group alone will be staying at self-catering hostel accommodations. There's ample room for us in the dorm rooms. Marianna assures us we will be very comfortable.

Scotland uses the British pound (£) . To get the current exchange rate, go to
ATM's (debit or credit cards) can be found at the airport and in Edinburgh and St. Andrews, but probably not in the more rural areas .

Pubs are the usual place to eat; lunches could cost £3 to £5, . Another option for lunch is buying groceries to take on our daily excursions; this will cost less than pub food. Dinners could run £6 to £10 or more, depending on your appetite, choice of meal and the restaurant. Lighter and less expensive evening meals are also possible.

Cancellation Policy and Fees:
Deposit will be returned less the following Cancellation Fees:
up to and including August 20 - $50
up to and including September 5 - $100
up to and including September 30 - $150
After September 30 no refund will be given but deposit can be applied to a future trip, less a $50 Cancellation Fee.

Please contact me if there's information you need that hasn't been included.

Thanks for reading through this. I hope we will meet and greet in Scotland.


Pat Hogan
website (to view tour and other events)

Please print out and complete the following and mail to: Sounds & Furies, POB 21510, 1424 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC V5L 5G2. A mimimum $500 Canadian or $400 US deposit is required with registration. A larger deposit is welcomed. Full payment to arrive in Vancouver no later than October 5, 2004. (also see notation for other payment options)




Address (Street, City, Province/State, Postal Code/Zip Code) :

Telephone Nos: home and work (include area code)


I enclose my deposit of $ (minimum $500 Canadian or $400 US)

My total fee on the sliding scale (if known ) will be:

I will be travelling with my partner/friend (if applicable)

I am open to, and supportive of travelling with all women -- of varying ages, sizes and sexual orientations. I also agree to be responsible for my own medical and travel insurance. I have read the cancellation policy.




I look forward to meeting some of you in Scotland, and renewing friendships with others.

BB Pat

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Event TIME Details: Starts in Edinburgh on Wednesday October 20 2004

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