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. We will explore the reasons that led 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 discuss wider subjects related to the story and how its relevant today.
We also offer Quests to other Merlin sites including 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. We can also visit the Clachmaben stone at Gretna where Merlin was said to hold druid ceremonies, the monastery site at Hoddom where Merlin was said to have met St Mungo and Drumelzier where Merlin was said to have had a triple death.