Welcome to our new series of Scottish tales and legends! As 2022 is the Year of Stories, we will be posting them throughout the year.
In this blog post, we will cover the ones you have already heard about from us.
Ghosts, kelpies, faeries… many tales have been spread through centuries. Kelpies, in the shape of horses, inhibiting the Lochs and Rivers, are one of the most famous mythical creatures in Central Scotland. Faeries are different from fairies – they are believed to be evil spirits stealing children. This blog post dives into the legends of these creatures but also gives useful links if you would like to learn more. If you are mostly interested in ghost stories, we have a special blog post on that where you can find out more about them.
For the month of Love, there are 3 Scottish Tales of Love, including Tam Lin and Rashin Coatie. As with every tale, there are different versions of them, but the most famous ones have been included in the post – a tale of a young brave woman saving a young man, as well as the Scottish version of Cinderella.
Being surrounded by the sea, rivers, and lochs, there is no wonder that there are many Scottish tales and legends about water. Here you can learn about the darker folklore of “bean nighe” and the Scottish version of mermaids. Also, if you have ever wondered why there are two large kelpie heads sculptures in Falkirk, here you will find out why.
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