The proud nation of Scotland has a heritage of folklore that is all its own. Never conquered by the Romans, this wild northern land developed a unique culture thanks to the mysterious people known as the Picts, with strong input from the thousands of Irish and Scandinavian people who settled here from over the sea.
In this book, you will enjoy a taster of Scotland’s wealth of local legends, yarns and strange superstitions. Many tales are told about real historical characters, like Robert the Bruce, St Columba and the courageous ‘Black Agnes’, who saw off medieval besiegers with extraordinary coolness. Others, like Thomas the Rhymer and King Arthur, are semi-legendary.
Centuries ago, however, people living in the Scottish countryside firmly believed in the existence of characters most of us would certainly consider mythical today. They included fairies, witches and a host of strange and dangerous creatures like the Hogboon, Nuckelavee and the vampire-like Baobhan Sith. Scotland also has an eerie haunted heritage, with many ghost stories told about creepy old castles, ancient houses and even mountaintops and moorland. Edinburgh is considered one of the most haunted cities in the world.
Scottish folk tales do more than just hint at the beliefs and customs of our ancestors. They also tell of a Scotland that’s full of wonder, magic and mystery, and of lives that were lived larger than life
Released: April 2015
Size: 180 x 110mm