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Welcome to a tour of Thin Places in Ireland, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

By following the links on the menu bar to the left, you will be able to explore some of the most intriguing, spiritual places in Western Europe. 

Thin Places Mystical Tours of Ireland & Scotland
Trail of the Hags (Ireland) May 4-12, 2017
Places of Resurrection (Ireland) May 17-26, 2017

The Monk's Trail (Scotland) September 7-16, 2017
Discover the North (Irleand) Septmeber 18-27, 2017

Find out more at the Thin Places Tour website.

View Videos on the Ireland and Thin Places YouTube Playlist

What are thin places?

Thin Places: Celtic Holy Ground.

What are "thin places"?   Places where two worlds intermingle.

Since the beginning of recorded history, scholars, peasants, artists, slaves and kings have been fascinated and drawn to places where the veil between this world and the "other world" is thin.  Legends have been created and tales passed down through generations that describe adventures and encounters  when the two worlds met and time stood still.

The Western European landscape is dappled with such places.  Some, such as Glastonbury and the Giant's Causeway are familiar to most.  But hidden in fields, forests, mountain villages and remote islands are thin places with a more subtle glow, like tiny pearls resting safely in the bosom of their mother country.... waiting to be discovered again and again.

Scan this web site to glimpse a few of the thin place treasures that lay in Ireland and Britain.  See the photos of Brigid's Kildare, Holy Island, the Janus god, and Melrose Abbey where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried.  

For a good introduction to experiencing thin places, please read the following article, Walking through Thin Places.

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Rainbow over the Linane Road - Ireland
Mountain Lake along the Leenane Road
County Mayo - Ireland

Videos on the
Thin Places YouTube Channel

Ireland Thin Places - Video
Best Guidebooks on Ireland - Video
Glendalough - a thin place - Video

Irish Fireside Podcast with Mindie Burgoyne

Mindie Burgoyne on the Irish Fireside Podcast talking on Thin Places.  Over 35 locations mentioned.  Irish Fireside is a top Travel Podcast on iTunes.



The Holy Mountain - Crough Patrick - County Mayo, Ireland
"On this arid summit, where the winds blow hard, where no root takes hold, where distance seems infinite and heaven close, the spirit is tested and replenished ...  for the pilgrim has reached a thin place, where one steps into the highest dimension of one's existence."

Michael Mullen
Croagh Patrick, A Perspective



Thin Places are ports in the storm of life, where the pilgrims can move closer to the God they seek,  where one leaves that which is familiar and journeys into the Divine Presence.  They are stopping places where men and women are given pause to wonder about what lies beyond the mundane rituals, the grief, trials and boredom of our day-to-day life.  They probe to the core of the human heart and open the pathway that leads to satisfying the familiar hungers and yearnings common to all people on earth, the hunger to be connected, to be a part of something greater, to be loved, to find peace.   

Mindie Burgoyne - Walking Through Thin Places

Article Bank - Articles and Posts on Thin Places

On Travel to Thin Places?

Thin Places - Energy Lines and Earth Openings
Discerning Thin Places
Five Steps for Tracing the Path to Thin Places
What Are Thin Places?
Visit Thin Places for  .. Answers, Healing, Wisdom
Don't Rush Through Thin Places

Walking Through Thin Places


Celtic Spirituality

Music, Transportation into the Divine
When God is Silent
Traveler - Tourist or Pilgrim?
Do Stones Carry Memories of the Past?
Remembering John O'Donohue
Six Perfect Days in Ireland

Man in the Sand - thin place experience (Dingle)


Ireland's West and North

Armagh - Twin Symbols of Contrast & Unity
While in Ireland, See the North (Irish Fireside)

Moorehall in Mayo - Ghosts of Writers Linger?
Yeats' Castle - Thoor Ballylee
Knock Shrine - Apparition of Virgin Mary

Central Ireland

Tobar Bride - St. Brigid's Holy Well
St. Ciaran's Clonmacnoise
The Rock of Cashel
Athassel Priory in Golden - Near Cashel
Kildare and St. Brigid of Ireland
Adare - Ancient City in Limerick

Ireland's South

The Magic of Harry Clarke - Dingle
Mount Brandon - Dingle - Co Kerry
A Drive Around Dingle - Slea Head
Kilshannig - Dingle, Littered with Bones

Uragh Stone Circle  -   Co. Kerry
Ardmore and the oldest Christian Settlement
Cashelkeelty Stone Circle - Beara, Co. Kerry
Castle of Dromore - Co. Kerry
Timoleague - Co. Cork
Drombeg Stone Circle - Co. Cork
St. Gobnait's Holy Well - Co. Cork
Skibbereen Famine Cemetery - Co. Cork

Videos on the Thin Places YouTube Channel

Ireland Thin Places - Video
Best Guidebooks on Ireland - Video
Glendalough - a thin places - Video

Thin Places - General Travel

Five Must See Thin Places in Ireland
10 Tips for Travel To Ireland
Top 3 Ireland Guidebooks

Works by Other Authors

Crough Patrick: a Perspective
by Michael Mullen

Ciaran's Clonmacnoise
by Edward C. Sellner

The Land of David
by Brendan O'Malley

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
by Michael Mitton

Inis Mór, Aran Islands
by Dara Molloy



Thin Places - Wales

St. David's - Wales


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