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Whether you are planning an adventure to travel to Scotland or you are interested in studying the history of the country, you will be fascinated by the legends and lore of Scotland. When researching Scottish legends, the first thing that most people think of is the Loch Ness Monster or William Wallace but the history of Scotland has produced some of the more interesting legends that people are not aware of.
The history of Halloween can be traced back to Scotland where it began as a religious celebration of the end of summer, called Samhain. Samhain is a Druid festival that marked the time of the year when the days grew shorter and darkness started earlier.
The Shellycoat is condidered the Scottish boogeyman, Boobrie is a legendary water bird that haunts Scottish lakes, Fachan is a creature who dwells in the western highlands of Scotland, Red Cap is an evil creature who lives in a castle on Scotland’s border.
Scotland is also home to some of the most beautiful and mysterious castles in the world. The history and myths associate with the castles of Scotland make up some of the most interesting Scottish legends you will find. Borthwick Castle in Lothian is said to be haunted by Mary Queen of Scots, Eilean Donan Castle is haunted by Lady Mary, Braemer Castle is haunted by The Black Colonel, Edinburgh Castle is reported to be visited by multiple ghosts.
Scottish legends can be found throughout the history of Scotland and is a part of it’s wonderful folklore.