Claire Randall Fraser, played by Caitriona Balfe, travels through hundreds of years in time after touching fictional standing stones at Craigh na Dun in the first season of Outlander.

6 sacred stone sites of Scotland with strange tales

Claire Randall Fraser launched a time travelling odyssey after touching the fictional Craig Na Dun stone circle in television show Outlander.

While it may have been a fantastical voyage, the strange powers felt at Scotland’s sacred stone sites have long been documented. With some of Scotland’s stone circles around 5,000 years old, a rich culture of folklore and myth has evolved surrounding the mysterious formations, some where Druids are believed to have worshipped. Here we look at six sites and their links to love, health, fertility fortune and death - and the tale of one tourist who believed he was cursed after visiting a key Highland attraction.

Sacred stones were believed to be loaded with life & power with the Quoybune Stone said to move at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay. Those who witnessed this phenomenon would not live to see another year, according to legend

5. Quoybune Stone, Birsay, Orkney

Sacred stones were believed to be loaded with life & power with the Quoybune Stone said to move at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay. Those who witnessed this phenomenon would not live to see another year, according to legend
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Many believe The Ring of Brodgar, made up now of 27 stones, was an open-air temple for Druid rituals, possibly including human sacrifice. Orkney folk tradition claims the stones as giants who were petrified on sunrise

6. The Ring of Brodgar/Stones of Stenness/The Odin Stone, Orkney

Many believe The Ring of Brodgar, made up now of 27 stones, was an open-air temple for Druid rituals, possibly including human sacrifice. Orkney folk tradition claims the stones as giants who were petrified on sunrise
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