Category Archives: Folklore

Cnò Mhoire agus ar n-Eadar-cheangaltas / ‘Mary’s Nut’ and our Interconnectedness

Tha cnò iongantach, air a bheil fèill, a’ cur nar cuimhne mar a tha an cuan mòr gar ceangal ri chèile thar na cruinne / A celebrated West Indian bean found on Scottish strands reminds us of how ocean currents … Continue reading

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Uilebheistean a’ Chuain / Gaelic Sea Monsters

An e fìor chreutairean a bh’ anns a’ chionaran-crò agus cìrean-cròin? / Are the great Gaelic sea-monsters merely creatures of myth? Uilebheistean Iongantach a’ Chuain Tha creutairean car annasach nar dualchas a tha a’ fuireach fon mhuir, leithid mhaighdeannan-mara agus … Continue reading

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Sgeul Allt a’ Bhradain / The Story of the Salmon’s Burn

Tha mòr-sgeul air cùl ainm-àite inntinneach ann an Loch Abar / A sadly fulfilled prophecy lies behind a fishy place-name in Lochaber … Bàs Gormshuil agus Allt a’ Bhradain ’S dòcha gu bheil e na iongnadh do chuid nach eil … Continue reading

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Iasgair nan Loch / The Fisher of the Lochs

Tha iasgair iteach air a chuimhneachadh ann an Loch an Iasgair / Loch an Iasgair means ‘loch of the fisher’ but it’s not the human variety. ‘Iasgair’ nan Loch Anns an dùthaich mhonadail, gharbh air cùl Pholl Iù, tha loch … Continue reading

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Leigheasann Tonn a’ Chladaich / Thrifty Gaelic Cures

Tha tonn a’ chladaich na leigheas airson dà thinneis, a rèir beul-aithris / Traditional lore identifies thrift as means of curing two ailments. Leigheas airson Trom-inntinn is Ceann-daoraich ’S e tonn a’ chladaich (ris an can cuid neòinean a’ chladaich) … Continue reading

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A’ Ghaoth agus an Aimsir / Wind and Weather

Faodaidh atharrachadh na gaoithe a rèir na combaist innse dhuinn mun aimsir a tha romhainn / The direction of the wind can help us predict the weather, according to traditional lore. Àirde na gaoithe agus ro-innse na h-aimsir Tha seanfhacal … Continue reading

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Creagan, Aibhnichean is Minn a’ Leum / Crags, Rivers and Leaping Kids

Tha minn a’ nochdadh gu tric air aghaidh na tìre air a’ Ghàidhealtachd /  Young goats appear in many places in Scotland’s Gaelic landscape. Creagan, Aibhnichean is Minn a’ Leum Ann an monadh Chinn Tìre, deas air an Tairbeart, tha abhainn … Continue reading

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Very superstitious – nature and folklore in the spotlight

Explore Scotland’s natural environment and you will soon discover that it is packed full of folklore and superstition. Down through the years a close connection with nature led people to interpret its signs and symbols in many weird and wonderful ways. … Continue reading

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Astonishing facts about place names – folklore of the Gaels.

This blog explores part of the rich folklore of the Gaels and the importance of the Gaelic heroines of Scotland and Ireland in the naming of places.  A must read.… An English translation is below Gaelic text. Na Dùin a … Continue reading

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Fascinating Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond

Ruairidh MacIlleathain guides us through the fascinating ‘Inches’ – the Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond. The English summary can be read underneath the Gaelic. Loch nan Innsean Tha am facal innis a’ nochdadh ann an grunn riochdan ann an ainmean-tìre … Continue reading

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