Cover image for Mysterious Scotland
Mysterious Scotland
Balfour, Michael David, 1939-
Publication Information:
Edinburgh : Mainstream, 2003.

Physical Description:
221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, music ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 1997.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
DA761 .B35 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



In Mysterious Scotland, Michael Balfour investigates strange stories from the country's moors, forests, rivers, holy wells, and lochs--as well as the old legends and dark secrets of palaces, castles, and cathedrals. Roaming a land where the past is mirrored in the present, he explores standing stones, mermaid beaches, and magic springs; seeks out new theories about Celtic and Pictish stones, carvings, and tombs; and finds monsters, ghouls, and ancient cures. Not forgotten are the great historical figures who throng the pages, each making a unique contribution to Mysterious Scotland. Michael Balfour is the author of Stonehenge and Its Mysteries and Megalithic Mysteries.

Author Notes

Publisher and writer Michael Balfour has lived near the Stones of Stenness in the Orkney Islands and beside Loch Tummel in Perthshire. He has reviewed books, written for The Scotsman, and is the author of several books

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 11
1 The Old Stonesp. 21
2 Holy Places, Healing Powersp. 36
3 The Celtsp. 50
4 If You Look Over There ...p. 66
5 Hunting, Shooting, Fishing--and Golfp. 85
6 Edinburgh's Secrets Revealedp. 101
7 Wee Drams and the Puddin' Racep. 116
8 Island Mysteriesp. 135
9 Monsters, Ghoulies and Murders Most Foulp. 152
10 Stories from Palaces, Castles and Other Great Homesp. 171
11 Tartan Tales, and All Thatp. 188
Indexp. 203