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November 2018

The Tale of Randolph’s Leap  

2019-08-08T22:07:16+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  2019-08-08T22:07:16+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

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

2018-10-30T19:47:55+00:00

Between 1563 and 1763 Scotland was a country in flux and the resulting paranoia fueled 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 Trials2018-10-30T19:47:55+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

2019-08-08T21:26:02+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-pricker2019-08-08T21:26:02+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