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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 :


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DA761 .B35 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"MYSTERIOUS SCOTLAND presents an extraordinary array of the weird and wonderful heritage of the country. In it, Michael Balfour examines strange stories from the moors, forests, rivers, holy wells and lochs, where - as well as the old legends and dark secrets which he prises out of palaces, castles and cathedrals - he finds monsters, ghoulies, unsolved murders and ancient cures.Investigating a land where the past is reflected in the present, the author has roamed all around Scotland, exploring standing stones, mermaid beaches and magic springs. He seeks out new theories about the prehistoric, Celtic and Pictish stones, carvings, tombs and brochs which are scattered across the country. Among his many wonderful discoveries, he unearths long-forgotten prophecies, puzzling tales from the bothies, consuming traditions and distillers' tricks, and finds evidence of the legendary Highland second sight. Not forgotten are the great historical figures who throng the pages, each making a unique contribution to MYSTERIOUS SCOTLAND. This book is the perfect introduction to the amazing hidden history which permeates Scottish lives and landscape."

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