A tour of Scotland’s most mythical sites and legends

Steeped in history and incredibly rich in folklore, it's no surprise that Scotland is filled with mythical sites and stories of legendary creatures and tales.

Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness Monster

Those with a keen interest in the esoteric and fantastical would enjoy a trip to these mystical sites. (Main picture: Loch Ness is one of Scotland's most ethereal stratches of waters)

Home to Scotland's most famous monster, Loch Ness is one of Scotland's most ethereal lochs and has an air of mystery and long history of strange occurences.

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The first of our entries linked with Arthurian legend, Drumelzier, a small village in the Borders, was said to be where the enchantress Morgan le Fay trapped Merlin in a tree.
This stretch of water between Lewis and the mainland is said to be where The Blue men of the Minch (also known as storm kelpies), look for ships to sink and sailors to drown.
The dilapidated monastery of Melrose Abbey is most famous for being the supposed burial ground of Robert The Bruces heart and also the site of one of Scotland's earliest vampire stories.
A liminal site, the island of Iona is filled with mysterious stories, most famous of which is the strange death of occultist Nora Emily Fornario in the 1920s.
Erected in the late Neolithic era, the stones are thought to be an early lunar observatory, but one legend states they were petrified giants who would not convert to Christianity.
Eildon Hill is mentioned in the legend of Thomas the Rhymer, a 13th century Scots laird said to have met the Queen of Elfland on Eildon Hill and was then forced to spend seven years in the land of the elves.
So scared was James VI of the threat of witchcraft that witch marks were said to have been carved into the castle doors in order to protect the site from potential evil visitors.
Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame, may have a lot to do with the theories surrounding this small chapel but mysteries surrounding the sealed Crypt at its heart go further back.
Legend has it that Old Man of Storr was a giant who had lived in Trotternish Ridge and when he was buried, his thumb was left jutting out the ground, creating the famous jagged landscape.
The Fairy Flag of the Clan MacLeod, came to Dunvegan from a far away place, with Legend stating that it came from a lost fairy princess who met and married a chieftain of the MacLeods.
Legend has it the Earls of Strathmore harboured a dark secret at their ancestral home of Glamis Castle for generations, which featured a hidden heir, a secret room and a misshapen monster.
The last known great Auk in the British Isles was said to have been captured and killed here in 1840, and is now said to haunt this island.
The Flannan Isles lighthouse, off the Western Isles, is where the unexplained disappearance of three keepers occured, inspiring a classic Wilfrid Wilson Gibson poem and an episode of Doctor Who.
Nunton on Benbecula is said to be home to the grave of a mermaid, killed by a young local boy.
The Electric Brae, known locally as the Croy Brae, sits nine miles south of Ayr on the west coast and cars left in neutral here appear to roll uphill. The road has baffled travellers from far and wide for years, including former American president Dwight D Eisenhower.
The Hanging Tree Trail at Newcastleton visits several supernatural points as you travel along its path. At Whithaugh Burn was said to be haunted by fairies and often visited by ghosts from the nearby Castleton churchyard.