Scottish Folklore

Tam Lin Woods

Tam Lin of Scotland

This tale is based on a Scottish ballad, Tam Lin, which depicts a handsome young man kidnapped by the Fairy Queen and how a young

Girl at a well

Nine Maidens of Dundee

The Nine Maidens of Dundee is a myth that centres on the tragic tale of nine beloved maidens, a heroic townsperson, and some interesting wordplay

Black and white shipwreck - raft

Blue Men of the Minch

This tale discusses shipwrecks, the luring of sailors to their demise, and humanoid creatures living underwater, so surely it must be about mermaids, right? Wrong! 

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Nestled in between an island chain, is the third-largest whirlpool in the world. Prepare to get swept away in this swirling mass (not literally) as

The Wulver

Wulver

The Wulver is an enigmatic figure in Scottish folklore, often seen in tales around the Shetland Isles. While the origins of the Wulver have been

Stoor Worm

Stoor Worm — Orkney’s Dragon

Wherever you are in the world, serpents and dragons are a common threat in folklore — a strange coincidence that makes you wonder if these

The Gorbals Vampire

On the evening of September 23 1954, Glasgow was terrorised by a nightmarish creature… at least according to a group of youngsters. Mania led to a

Cailleach

The Cailleach

The Cailleach is no mere wood hag but an ancient Celtic deity and a most tremendous figure indeed! As the goddess of wind and cold,

Bean-Nighe

Bean-Nighe

Scottish folklore is filled with creatures, both fascinating and terrifying, that are meant to instil a sense of meaning in the magical world around us.

Redcaps

Redcaps

While redcaps may be an innocent-sounding name for a mythical creature, this couldn’t be further from the truth. These malignant faeries of Scottish folklore aren’t

Tam Lin Woods

Tam Lin of Scotland

This tale is based on a Scottish ballad, Tam Lin, which depicts a handsome young man kidnapped by the Fairy Queen and how a young

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Girl at a well

Nine Maidens of Dundee

The Nine Maidens of Dundee is a myth that centres on the tragic tale of nine beloved maidens, a heroic townsperson, and some interesting wordplay

Read More »
Black and white shipwreck - raft

Blue Men of the Minch

This tale discusses shipwrecks, the luring of sailors to their demise, and humanoid creatures living underwater, so surely it must be about mermaids, right? Wrong! 

Read More »
Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Nestled in between an island chain, is the third-largest whirlpool in the world. Prepare to get swept away in this swirling mass (not literally) as

Read More »
The Wulver

Wulver

The Wulver is an enigmatic figure in Scottish folklore, often seen in tales around the Shetland Isles. While the origins of the Wulver have been

Read More »

The Gorbals Vampire

On the evening of September 23 1954, Glasgow was terrorised by a nightmarish creature… at least according to a group of youngsters. Mania led to a

Read More »
Cailleach

The Cailleach

The Cailleach is no mere wood hag but an ancient Celtic deity and a most tremendous figure indeed! As the goddess of wind and cold,

Read More »
Bean-Nighe

Bean-Nighe

Scottish folklore is filled with creatures, both fascinating and terrifying, that are meant to instil a sense of meaning in the magical world around us.

Read More »
Redcaps

Redcaps

While redcaps may be an innocent-sounding name for a mythical creature, this couldn’t be further from the truth. These malignant faeries of Scottish folklore aren’t

Read More »

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