September 2018

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials

2018-09-26T20:35:24+00:00

Between 1563 and 1763 Scotland was a country in flux and the resulting paranoia  fuelled the Scottish Witch Trials. Belief in witchcraft was common during the Middle Ages, but the leaders of the Catholic church were largely skeptical, seeing it as folklore rather than something sinister. Lawyers were only interested in cases were harm [...]

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials2018-09-26T20:35:24+00:00

July 2018

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus

2018-07-21T19:17:47+00:00

The crowds gathered at Chanonry Point, a spit of land which extends into the Moray Firth, between the Black Isle towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie. The curse proclaiming the downfall of the house of Seaforth was still ringing in their ears. Isabella, Countess of Seaforth, was undeterred. She would have her revenge upon the man [...]

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus2018-07-21T19:17:47+00:00

April 2018

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland

2018-05-20T12:20:57+00:00

Isobel Gowdie was a difficult assignment for us. Spooky Scotland has taken us to many haunted destinations. However, it seems that we pass through Auldearn on a regular occurrence to get to many other spooky sites: Cawdor Castle, Rait Castle, the Clava Cairns and Culloden Moor to name a few. On the surface, Auldearn appears [...]

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland2018-05-20T12:20:57+00:00

March 2018

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials

2018-05-20T12:28:21+00:00

The events which led to the North Berwick Witch Trials began, not in Scotland, but at the other side of the North Sea. The frenzy began with a hysterical Danish Admiral, during a great sea tempest he blamed on witchcraft. The accusations leveled at those on trial ‘uncovered’ a plot against King James VI of [...]

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials2018-05-20T12:28:21+00:00

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Janet Horne–The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland

2018-04-23T19:31:25+00:00

At Spooky Scotland we were very excited to get the following article published in The Spooky Isles, a website with a large following. You can also read our article at Janet Horne, The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland. Ignorance and fear make dangerous bed fellows! In the wake of the Protestant Reformation, a frenzied [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Janet Horne–The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland2018-04-23T19:31:25+00:00

February 2018

Scottish Myths and Legends

2018-02-17T18:16:34+00:00

From before the dawn of history, the early ancestors of the people we now know as the Scots, built impressive monuments which have caught the imagination of those who have followed in their wake. Stone circles, chambered cairns, brochs and vitrified forts stir within us something primeval and stories have been born from their mystical [...]

Scottish Myths and Legends2018-02-17T18:16:34+00:00

January 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Ardvreck Castle

2018-01-31T17:53:08+00:00

Betrayals and Besiege! Nestled between the shores of Loch Assynt and the looming peaks of the Quinag, Ardvreck Castle (Caisteal Àrd Bhric in Gaelic) in the Scottish Highlands was once home to the MacLeods of Assynt. It is an achingly beautiful part of Scotland with mountain faces of sheer rock and bleak moorland interspaced with [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Ardvreck Castle2018-01-31T17:53:08+00:00

Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem: Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns

2018-01-21T18:34:52+00:00

The Scottish poet and lyrist, Robert Burns, was born on January 25th, 1759 in Alloway in Ayrshire. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets to come out of Scotland and to this day, the world over, Burns Suppers are held to celebrate his birth. Perhaps one of his most famous poems is [...]

Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem: Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns2018-01-21T18:34:52+00:00

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny

2018-01-30T21:52:27+00:00

The Colours of Cluny is a recently established  outdoor sound and light show held on Cluny Hill in Grant Park in the picturesque town of Forres in Moray during the late autumn. This event is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Group and produced by the same producers as the famous Enchanted Forest in [...]

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny2018-01-30T21:52:27+00:00