Myth and Legend: The Best Supernatural Landmarks of Scotland
Even though many people think of Brexit and the referendum for independence when they first think of Scotland now, there’s much more to the country than politics. Scotland is full of monuments that commemorate its fascinating history. From Iron Age ruins to modern tributes to ancient legends, you’ll never run out of things to see.
If hair-raising experiences are at the top of your bucket list, Scotland will fulfil all your wildest fantasies. Check out this list for a few places in Scotland where you can experience the supernatural.
The Loch Ness monster is one of the most popular mythological creatures on Earth — up there with the Yeti and Bigfoot. Loch Ness itself is the largest loch (lake) in Scotland, and is located near the gateway to the Highlands, Inverness. From Inverness, you can take a short drive to the shores of Loch Ness, and wait for your own personal Nessie sighting. The legend of the Loch Ness monster dates back to the 5th century, when accounts of Saint Columba’s life reported that the saint encountered a mythical beast near the Loch, and was able to repel it by making the sign of the cross.
In 2014, the Scottish government decided to honor their mythological heritage with the creation of two brand new sculptures called The Kelpies. Kelpies are mythological creatures that look like horses, except they possess great intelligence and the strength of 10 animals. The sculptures are almost 100 feet high, and are made of stainless steel. They represent the most significant addition to the landscape of Central Scotland in years. Located in Falkirk, over one million people visited the sculptures in the first year after they were installed. Visit these sculptures to see a modern interpretation of an ancient myth come to life.
Any fan of the book or TV series Outlander will know that the Clava Cairns stood in for the fictitious stone circle of Craigh na Dun that protagonist Claire used to go back in time. These prehistoric burial cairns are located mere steps from Culloden Field, and on the small site, you can see the well-preserved cairns along with the remains of a small chapel. The site itself is small, and quite off the beaten path, so you probably won’t run into any other people — just the occasional flock of sheep.