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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

The Curse of Clava Cairns

2018-12-21T17:12:39+00:00

  The Highlands of Scotland are shrouded in myths and stories of ancient guardians who protect the sacred sites and burial mounds of our dead ancestors. The area surrounding Inverness is particularly rich in legend, haunted history and tales of the supernatural.  The folklore surrounding the Loch Ness Monster is known throughout the world and [...]

The Curse of Clava Cairns2018-12-21T17:12:39+00:00

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth

2018-12-09T21:17:40+00:00

In 874 AD Maelbrigte the Tooth appeared from the shadows of Scottish history. Little is recorded of his life: most of what is known concerns his death. This is an account of Viking treachery and duplicity, of a Scottish army crushed and of poetic justice. Maelbrigte: The Pict During Maelbrigte’s lifetime he would have witnessed [...]

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth2018-12-09T21:17:40+00:00

November 2018

Saint Andrew: The myth behind the man who became Scotland’s Patron Saint

2018-11-30T13:19:51+00:00

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. On the 30th of November every year, tales are told of how Saint Regulus carried some of Saint Andrew’s bones to Scotland and how the Saltire become the Scottish flag. Who was Saint Andrew? Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee before he and his brother Simon Peter [...]

Saint Andrew: The myth behind the man who became Scotland’s Patron Saint2018-11-30T13:19:51+00:00

The Tale of Randolph’s Leap  

2018-11-20T21:48:18+00:00

In the heartlands of Moray there is a chasm cut by the swift white waters of the River Findhorn, called Randolph’s Leap. It is an impressive sight to see, even without the backdrop of the story that played out there many centuries ago. It is a tale of feuding families, civil war, a bloody battle [...]

The Tale of Randolph’s Leap  2018-11-20T21:48:18+00:00

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King

2018-11-09T15:08:21+00:00

Robert I, King of Scots is better known by his title Robert the Bruce. This was the man who was to become a legend, a hero, a saviour to his people. This was the man who secured Scotland’s independence from England. He lived in a time when kings saw it as their God-given right to [...]

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King2018-11-09T15:08:21+00:00

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Handless Wraith of Rait Castle

2018-11-02T16:40:20+00:00

When it comes to dark history, Rait Castle has it all: a tale of forbidden love, two feuding families, a banquet treacherously planned with murder in mind, a betrayal, a massacre and a ghost known as the ‘Wraith of Rait’. The ruined remains of this 14th Century building are a fine example of a Hall [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Handless Wraith of Rait Castle2018-11-02T16:40:20+00:00

October 2018

The Scottish Origins of Halloween

2018-10-31T19:19:28+00:00

In the Beginning…   Halloween began as a Celtic harvest festival. The early Celts marked the end of summer with a festival they called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). As part of these celebrations they built fires and burnt animals as sacrifices. Samhain   means "summer's end" in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries. However, because  ancient records [...]

The Scottish Origins of Halloween2018-10-31T19:19:28+00:00