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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

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