Nuckelavee

Nuckelavee Tammie saw blood, black as tar, running through yellow veins, and great white sinews, thick as horse tethers... By Mr W. Traill Dennison in the Scottish Antiquary NUCKELAVEE, was a monster of unmixed malignity, never willingly resting from doing evil to mankind. He was a spirit in flesh. His…

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The Twins of Edzell

The Twins of Edzell Now the villagers were suspicious of outsiders but courteous enough. She had married into a well-respected local family, and soon people began coming to Jess to have their fortunes read. By Cara Silversmith Many years ago, in the time of Robert the Bruce, the county of…

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The Swans Swim Sae Bonnie

The Swans Swim Sae Bonnie Dark sister felt a malevolent seed of jealousy bloom within her heart. When once she held her sister’s hand, now she stood apart. When once they danced together, now she watched her Fair sister twirl in the sunlight while she stayed in the shadow. By…

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The Two Sisters and the Curse

The Two Sisters and the Curse “Who does she fancy Limpet? Do I have a shot Limpet? Can you put in a word Limpet? Limpet? Limpet Ailsa!”Finally, the girl snapped. By Róisín McCrimmon A few years ago, I went travelling through Mull. As I made my way round the island…

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Sarah’s Second Sight

Sarah's Second Sight The area around Rannoch has been renowned in times gone by for its seers, those with the so-called second sight... By David White The area around Rannoch has been renowned in times gone by for its seers, those with the so-called second sight. The last such person,…

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The Kingdom of the Green Mountains

The Kingdom of the Green Mountains At last, the man came across an old man, fixing the tiles of his roof. The soldier asked if he may have heard of the kingdom of the Green Mountains. By Liana Paraschaki Once upon a time, three soldiers, three friends, together decided they…

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The Cruel Brother

The Cruel Brother At the end of the celebration, her brother John hoisted her up on her horse, and said: “You are high and I am low, give me a kiss before you go.” By Liana Paraschaki Once upon a time, three ladies stood in a valley, standing tall among…

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Will-o’-the-wisp

Will-o’-the-wisp In Scottish folklore, will-o’-the-wisps are variously depicted either as mischievous spirits (typically fairies), or even the ghosts of the dead, eager to lead travellers off their path and into their death. By Liana Paraschaki For weary, tired travellers, especially those fearing they may have got lost, there is little…

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Am Fear Liath Mòr

Am Fear Liath Mòr The Big Grey Man is alleged to be ten feet tall and extremely thin, with long limbs and dark hair. The creature seems eerily similar to the Yeti – or, at least, the myths around both creatures bare an uncanny resemblance. By Liana Paraschaki Am Fear…

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Beira, The Cailleach, Queen of Winter

Beira, The Cailleach, Queen of Winter But, even Beira was not strong enough to resist the passage of time forever. The time for her reign’s end had come and gone, and she could postpone it, mighty as she was, but not forever..... By Liana Paraschaki Before gods and goddesses were…

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