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October 2019

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key

2019-10-15T18:42:01+00:00

Witch! This was perhaps the most fearsome word encountered by Kathrin Key, resident of the small fishing town of Newburgh in Fife. Witches were powerful. They could curse and cure, make cattle sick, kill children and fly broomsticks. Their magical abilities came from the devil. Satan! Auld Nick! In order to gain that power, they [...]

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key2019-10-15T18:42:01+00:00

September 2019

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection

2019-09-13T09:20:55+00:00

Friday the 13th is considered to be the unluckiest day of the year and in 2019 we have the double whammy of having Friday the 13th and a harvest full moon. Any misadventures we encounter on this day can be attributed to the date but on this day 712 years ago, you were truly cursed [...]

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection2019-09-13T09:20:55+00:00

Badanluig: the Lost Village in The Scottish Highlands

2019-09-07T22:54:52+00:00

Rubble is all that is left of the tiny settlement of Badanluig, once home to a proud people who pitted themselves against the land and sea and eeked out a meager survival in the Scottish Highlands. It is here they loved and raised their children. It was here that cruel landlords had them cast out [...]

Badanluig: the Lost Village in The Scottish Highlands2019-09-07T22:54:52+00:00

August 2019

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland

2019-08-08T21:50:50+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, Scotland2019-08-08T21:50:50+00:00

July 2019

Speyside’s Most Haunted Distillery: Ghost of Byeway and The Glenrothes

2019-07-05T19:04:46+00:00

Of all the buildings associated with ghosts, in my mind, a distillery is one of the least likely to be haunted but this is not the case with the Glenrothes Distillery: it is said to be haunted by the ghost of one Biawa ‘Byeway' Makalanga. How Byeway found himself in the small Moray village of [...]

Speyside’s Most Haunted Distillery: Ghost of Byeway and The Glenrothes2019-07-05T19:04:46+00:00

May 2019

The Top 6 Spooky Hotspots in Haunted Skye

2019-07-05T19:16:16+00:00

Perhaps one of the most magical places on Earth, Spooky Scotland investigates haunted Skye. The mention of Skye conjures up images of rugged landscapes, picturesque villages and medieval castles. It is a land overflowing with myths and legends, with tales of faeries and giants and lochs which are home to ferocious Kelpies. It is a [...]

The Top 6 Spooky Hotspots in Haunted Skye2019-07-05T19:16:16+00:00

April 2019

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Culloden Battlefield

2019-04-12T18:44:20+00:00

Drummossie Moor, otherwise known as Culloden Moor, is a cold, desolate place. A relentless cold wind tugs at the flags which delineate the battle lines on the site of the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. It is a cold wind which seeps deep into your bones. Or is it the wind [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Culloden Battlefield2019-04-12T18:44:20+00:00

March 2019

The Wraith of Rizzio Roams the Recesses of Holyrood Palace

2019-03-11T14:01:49+00:00

As evening descended on Holyrood Palace, 9th Match 1566, a band of assassins burst into the chambers of the heavily pregnant Mary Queen of Scots and, before her eyes, brutally murdered David Rizzio, her secretary. His blood still stains the floor where he was slain, and his ghost is said to haunt the 16th Century [...]

The Wraith of Rizzio Roams the Recesses of Holyrood Palace2019-03-11T14:01:49+00:00

January 2019

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

2019-01-25T20:36:31+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 Burns2019-01-25T20:36:31+00:00

December 2018

Stoor Worm: Orkney’s Dragon

2018-12-27T19:26:19+00:00

Does Orkney’s Tale of the Stoorworm have its origins in Viking Folklore? You may never have heard of Mester Stoor Worm. Yet perhaps like us, you have been following the latest episodes of ‘Vikings’ or ‘The Last Kingdom’. You may have read our recent blog about Viking treachery in the ‘Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth’. [...]

Stoor Worm: Orkney’s Dragon2018-12-27T19:26:19+00:00