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October 2018

Gruinard Island: Scotland’s Anthrax Island

2018-10-12T21:02:07+00:00

As the tide ebbs out at Little Gruinard in Wester Ross, it reveals an expanse of golden sands. Tiny coves become accessible. The Inverianvie River gurgles gently down to the sea and the red deer come down to drink. The air is cut by the sounds of the mewling oyster catchers and if you are [...]

Gruinard Island: Scotland’s Anthrax Island2018-10-12T21:02:07+00:00

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

August 2018

The Demise of the Water Horse of Loch-Na-Beiste

2018-08-01T21:03:57+00:00

The beach at Mellon Udrigle, in Wester Ross, is stunning: aqua blue waves lap against white sands, giving the shoreline an almost tropical feel. However, the backdrop is distinctly Scottish, with views of Suilven, the mountains of Coigach and An Teallach, ‘the Forge'. Yet, for all the tranquillity of the spot, once upon a time, [...]

The Demise of the Water Horse of Loch-Na-Beiste2018-08-01T21:03:57+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

June 2018

Christian Caddell: Scotland’s Female Witch-pricker

2018-06-19T20:59:18+00:00

No doubt a muffled sound rippled through the crowd before the onlookers fell silent. The witch-pricker stepped forward, ready to ply his trade on the accused. Transfixed, the crowd stared in ghoulish horror as the man began to shave his next victim. Perhaps the whole affair discomforted some of the gathered rabble. It was often [...]

Christian Caddell: Scotland’s Female Witch-pricker2018-06-19T20:59:18+00:00

May 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Culloden Battlefield

2018-05-11T14:33:37+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 Battlefield2018-05-11T14:33:37+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

The Deil Stanes: Urquhart’s Recumbent Stone Circle

2018-05-20T12:32:22+00:00

Spooky Scotland has taken us on some amazing journeys and we have made some exciting discoveries along the way. There is a mystical quality about Stone Circles. The sun was shining, although there is always a cold bite in the air in February in Scotland. We were standing in a field, a great mound of [...]

The Deil Stanes: Urquhart’s Recumbent Stone Circle2018-05-20T12:32:22+00:00