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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

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Eilean Donan

2018-05-20T12:35:49+00:00

Eilean Donan lies in one of the most scenic spots in Scotland. Built on an island, where Loch Duich, Long Long and Loch Alsh meet, it was once the site of an Iron Age vitrified fort, built by the Picts. It takes its name from a Gaelic Priest, Saint Donnán of Eigg who lived around [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Eilean Donan2018-05-20T12:35:49+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

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Massacre of Glencoe

2018-02-11T21:38:58+00:00

Murder! Massacre! Betrayal! Treason! Glencoe is one of the most spectacular areas of unspoiled wilderness in Scotland. There is a haunting quality about the moor-clad mountains that stand as sentinels over the eight-mile long glen which runs from east to west along the northern border of Argyll. And there are those who say that the [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Massacre of Glencoe2018-02-11T21:38:58+00:00

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Cawdor Castle

2018-02-04T22:49:27+00:00

Immortalised by Shakespeare in his play ‘Macbeth’, built around a holly tree and haunted by an apparition said to be the ghost of an heiress once kidnapped by one of the most powerful families in Scotland, Cawdor Castle lies in a peaceful location which belies its dramatic and intriguing past. Nestled in the heart of [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Cawdor Castle2018-02-04T22:49:27+00:00