Thin Places Ireland Tour

Cashelkeelty Stone Circle - Beara Peninsula
Mindie Burgoyne will guide a group of traveling guests across seven counties, visiting thin places – or mystical sites – in the northern regions of Ireland
September 5-15, 2013.  Cost is $2120 per person.

Sites include the Antrim Coast with the Giants Causeway, Ardboe, Beaghmore Stone Circles, Slemish Mountain, Downpatrick, Armagh, Navan Fort, Beltany Stone Circle, Grianan of Aleach, Derry, Belfast, Donegal town, Caldragh Cemetery on Boa Island, Whites Island in Lough Erne, the Inishowen Peninsula, Slieve League, St. Patrick's Chair and Holy Well at the Cliffs of the Demon, and a full day spent on the sacred island of Inishmurray. 

What are thin places?

Thin places are sites where the veil between our known physical world and the eternal world is thin. The two worlds intersect or seem woven together.

This is the third annual tour of thin places.  Each year a geographic section of Ireland is covered.  2013 will be the year for the North.  Guests will learn about earth energies, ley lines and sacred geometry.  Sites will include stone circles, sacred hills, castles, abbey ruins, passage tombs and holy mountains.

The tour is led by author and "thin places" expert, Mindie Burgoyne. She will accompany the tour in their private coach and will escort them for nine full days - with overnights in Belfast, Enniskillen, the walled city of Derry and Donegal Town.  Though there is a spiritual - mystical focus to the sites by day, guests have great fun in the evenings when they are able to engage with the locals and enjoy music, good food, occasional Irish dancing and city sites. 

Mystical sites in Ireland have been referred to as "thin places."


This short video shows places on the tour. Mindie Burgoyne offers commentary on the thin places concept. More videos on Thin Places featured on the Travel Hag Video Channel. 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.

Not Affiliated With Any Particular Religion

The tour is not targeted to travelers of any particular religion. All faiths are welcomed. At each sacred site tour guests will learn about its history, learn about its legend of spiritual power, and contemplate what that means in today’s world. Burgoyne will offer hints on how to notice signs and symbols along the way and interpret their meanings, how to journal as a means of continued spiritual growth after the tour is over, and how to sense the mingling of two worlds and how that connection helps the human spirit listen better to the Divine voice.

"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." On March 9, 2012 the New York Times published an article on the thin places concept. Best-selling author Eric Weiner who wrote The Geography of Bliss, wrote and article for the Travel section entitled Where Heaven and Earth Come Closer. Weiner makes a case for travel with purpose and travel with the intent to exercise the spirit as a means to finding happiness.

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About the Tour Guide

Mindie Burgoyne - Thin Places Tour GuideMindie Burgoyne, a Maryland author and travel writer, has been traveling to Ireland researching thin places for twenty years. She is the author of several books including Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake published by the History Press, 2009. She has a successful blog on thin places and a travel blog called the Travel Hag. Her writing and photographs have been published by CBS News, National Geographic Television Network, the Vancouver Sun, MDBiz Media and Maryland Tourism website. She is currently writing Thin Places: Irish Gateways to the Otherworld, due to be published in 2013