Spiritual Tours to Mystical Places in Ireland
Tour Ireland and thin places or places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin with author and tour guide, Mindie Burgoyne. These mystical, spiritual tours will help transport you into a higher existence when you sense the healing energy in Ireland’s thin places. Our tours are crafted as spiritual tours (though not religious), and are ideal for people interested in earth energies, the healing arts, nature, Reiki masters, artists, those who desire connection with ancestors, those interested in Celtic history and archaeology, shamanic journeyers, and people looking for spiritual growth.
Each year we craft specific tours that balance mystical sites, vibrant towns, stunning landscapes and encounters with the best visitor attraction in Ireland — the Irish people. Our tours last approximately 10 days and focus on a particular region in Ireland.
“Ireland has always been holy. Even the climate of the place, a disturbed alternation of clarity and blur, seems made for mysticism, and in my experience the profound simplicity that I have been trying to elucidate opens the way to speculation and conviction. Iam more contemplative in Ireland than almost anywhere else.”
~Jan Morris, travel writer.
Video explores the thin places concept.
EACH TOUR FOCUSES ON A REGION
Each Thin Places tour focuses on one region in Ireland – the North, the Southeast, the Southwest and the West. We believe this gives a visitor a richer experience than trying to do the whole country in trip. Less time on the bus, more time in the landscape.
Because Ireland is small country (about the size of West Virginia) visitors often cram too much into one visit trying to navigate the entire country. If your trip is one – two weeks long, try to see more sites in less miles of travel. Your experience will be richer as you will be less tired and will have more time to hook into the Irish culture. Don’t rush.
~Mindie Burgoyne: Ten Tips for Travel to Ireland
Read Mindie Burgoyne’s message on why the Thin Places Tours are different from other tours to Ireland.
THIN PLACES MYSTICAL TOURS FOR 2015
In 2015 we will run two tours – one in May (South Western region) and one in September (the Western region). Traveling off the peak season of summer keeps the prices lower and avoids crowds. Consider joining us this year for ….
Places of Resurrection – May 15 -24th
In this Thin Places tour of Ireland you will walk deep into the southwestern landscape, through some of the most mystical and ancient sites in western Europe. You’ll see all the elements of the Irish landscape – the Atlantic coast, the highest mountains, bogs, lush valleys, enchanted lakes, three island excursions and the Burren – which is like no other place in all of Ireland. .
Sites include the Burren, Dingle, the Beara Peninsula, Inis Oirr (one of the Aran Islands), Holy Island in Lough Derg, St. Gobnait’s Holy Well in Ballyvourney, Gouganne Barra in West Cork and the largest stone circle in all of Ireland (Grange) and the enchanted lake that stands beside it. Holy mountains, rugged seascapes and vibrant towns – Dingle, Killarney, Limerick and Ennis.
Images in the Landscape – Ireland’s West – Sept. 11-20th
Guests will become images in Ireland’s mystical western landscape on this In this Thin Places tour. You will experience Ireland’s wild west, and visiting the most scenic and high-energy sites in the country. And you will see them at a leisurely pace, interacting with local experts who will share information on Ireland’s archaeology, history and mystical connections.
Our area of concentration will be Counties Clare, Galway, Sligo, Mayo, West Meath, Offaly and Roscommon. And though the tour covers only the west, you will experience all of the elements of the Irish landscape – the rugged Atlantic coast, mountains, bogs, lush valleys, lakes, three islands and vibrant towns and villages such as Galway, Sligo, Westport, Clifden and Cong.
Castles, Saints & Druids – Yoga / Meditation Retreat- Sept 21-30
Enjoy Hatha Yoga and Meditation daily with Melanie Rimkay, a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. And during the tour of Ireland’s mystical sites, each guests will receive a Spiritual Healing Session with Ashley O’Connell, hypnotist, practical nurse and Reiki Master.
Each day enjoy an excursion to Ireland’s thin places, where the veil between this world and the eternal world is “thin.” Daily tours are led by writer, tour operator and thin places expert, Mindie Burgoyne.
Sites on the Castles, Saints & Druids Tour – Rock of Cashel, Glendalough (St. Kevin’s Monastic City), Athassel Priory, the Glen of Aherlow, Leap Castle, The Boyne Valley – Newgrange passage tomb, Hill of Tara, Kildare Cathedral, St. Brigid’s Holy Well, Famine Memorial – Dublin, Castleruddery Stone Circle, The Pipers Stones, Hook Head Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Ardmore monastic ruins and cliff walk, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Shillelagh (oldest oak forest in Ireland), Cahir Castle, Cashel Palace and Monaincha (island ruins)
Thin places are those places where the veil between the physical world and the eternal world is thin. The two worlds intersect or seem woven together.
“These tours are not about piling into a bus and stopping to see some standing stones and abbey ruins,” states Burgoyne. “Our tours are about becoming an image in an ancient landscape and traveling within the context of a story. At the end of our tours, guests feel a spiritual transformation.”
I went on the Thin Places tour that covered the south of Ireland . My favorite stop was Hoare Abbey because of its beautiful and haunting setting, in the shadow of the Rock of Cashel, evoked such a strong sense of time passing and the lives lived in its now-crumbling walls. I like the tour because we could immerse ourselves in the magical atmosphere of Irish history, spirit, and belief: a combination deeply integrated and intertwined in the people’s character.
~Kathleen R. , Seattle, WA
Is this a religious tour?
The Thin Places tours are not religious or affiliated with any particular religion. However, some of the sites have religious significance – stone circles, monastic ruins, tombs, cathedrals. Most of the sites have a tie with myths, legends, and the eternal world – or the world beyond this one. So people of all faiths, and people strongly interested in history and culture will enjoy this trip. Most of these are sites that are not typically on the Ireland coach tours…. and aren’t easy to locate for the self-drive tours.
FUN – This tour also has fun activities. Because we overnight in vibrant towns, guests will be able to visit the pubs, experience live Irish music, chat with the locals and visit some of the most exquisite landscapes in western Europe.
Mindie claims that her tours will traverse some of the most beautiful and not-often-seen parts of Ireland – the sites that don’t make it on the typical tours of pubs, cliffs, castles and museums. This is truly the “hidden Ireland.”
Our guests are traveling with a sense of purpose – traveling within the context of a story … and the land is littered with stories and spirits from the past. We make an effort to place our guests in contact with Irish people … to engage, to talk, to learn. People that finish our tours are changed. The travel experience transforms them, and they make lifelong friends.
~ Mindie Burgoyne
About the Tour Guide
Mindie Burgoyne, a Maryland author and travel writer, has been traveling to Ireland researching thin places for twenty years. She has written four books on travel destinations in Maryland – all focusing on heritage and haunted travel. She has a successful blog on thin places and a travel blog called the Travel Hag. Her writing and photographs have been published by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS News, National Geographic Television Network, the Today Show, the Vancouver Sun, MDBiz Media and the Maryland Tourism website. She is currently writing Thin Places: Irish Gateways to the Otherworld, due to be published in 2014