RELAXING in his luxury Thames-side mansion, Uri Geller, the world-famous spoon-bender, was suddenly riveted by an advert for the sale of a mystical Scottish island.
But while the prospectus for Lamb Island, off the east coast of Scotland, listed the disadvantages – “it is completely bare, and uninhabitable because it’s so rocky, does not come with planning permission” – Mr Geller realised it was his chance to be part of a legend linking Robert the Bruce, King Arthur and the ancient kings of Ireland.
Mr Geller’s attraction to Lamb Island, a volcanic outcrop in the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, is its claim to be one of the three “great pyramids of Scotland”, which mirror the layout of the pyramids at Giza, near Cairo in Egypt. The other islands are Craigleith and Fidra.
Last night Mr Geller, 62, who paid £30,000 for the island, said: “It might seem forbidding, but it is one of the keystones to British mythology, and I am thrilled to be its owner.
“I am fascinated by the connection between the pyramids and these islands. It has been known for centuries – you can read about it in a 15th-century manuscript called the Scotichronicon by Walter Bower, the Abbot of Inchcolm.
“So when I heard Lamb Island was for sale I felt a strong instinctive urge to buy it – and the more I delved into the history and archaeological lore that surrounds it, the more certain I became that this was one of the most significant sites in Britain.”
According to research published by Jeff Nisbett, a historical investigator, in the magazine Atlantis Rising in September 2002, lines drawn between Scotland’s three important Templar sites – Temple in Midlothian, Rosslyn Chapel and the Isle of May – cut through Craigleith and Fidra, with Lamb Island between them.
The Isle of May is believed by some scholars to be the real location of Avalon, where King Arthur was laid to rest.