Quest for Merlin
Join us on a Quest to explore the roots of the legend of Merlin, the prophet, seer and shaman. Discover his Scottish origins and how the story is embedded into the landscape of Southern Scotland.
Join us on a Quest to explore the roots of the legend of Merlin, the prophet, seer and shaman, discover his Scottish origins and how the story is embedded into the landscape of Southern Scotland. Author Justin K Prim will lead us on a journey back into the Dark Ages of Scotland. With the help of ancient poetry, we will explore the reasons that lead this famous prophet to seek solitude in the forest and escape the trappings of human society. We will visit the site of the forest where the historical Merlin took refuge and we will drink from the spring that cured Merlin of his madness in the legends. After lunch in a stunning landscape, we will travel further back in time as we head to the site of the Battle of Arderydd, just north of Longtown. It is here that Merlin witnessed the carnage of battle and took flight into the woods in his madness driven by grief. We will explore the battlefield and the adjoining hill fort that lies next to Liddel Water that marks the border between Scotland and England.