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Stories, Myths and Legends about the area

There are many stories myths and legends about Coigach and Assynt. Discover some of the most popular ones:

Coigach Resistance: during the second wave of Clearances in 1852-3, the people of Coigach – primarily (for various reasons) women – resisted repeated efforts by the Landlord to move: they stripped a sheriff officer of his clothes, burned the writ and put him back in the boat. There are several sources of information about this, and a poem has been written for the Toolkit.

An artistic memorial is being developed in Coigach to commemorate this event; keep an eye on the Achiltibuie Application Society page.

The Normanites is a fascinating story which brings folk from Canada, Australia and New Zealand back to Assynt looking for their heritage.

‘Blue men of the Minch’ are believed to be ‘Storm Kelpies’ who wreck boats:

Scotland’s Highest waterfall (Eas a’ Chual Aluinn) near Kylesku – and the ‘Wailing Widow’ who took her life after losing her son  https://tartantrailblazers.blog/2021/03/30/wailing-widow-waterfall

The dramatic Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt is of course considered to be haunted – https://www.transceltic.com/scottish/weeping-ghost-of-ardvreck-castle-loch-assynt-once-betrothed-devil

A black dog is believed to haunt the Loch an Ordan near Achmelvich cathairdhubh.co.uk/the-estate

There are many tales of the Herring Curing Station on Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles being haunted by a poltergeist; see Island Farm by Frank Fraser Darling – but there have also been plenty of present-day experiences.

Griogair Macaillean is a Storyteller, Poet & Folklorist based in Lochinver who can tell you more about these stories – and many others.

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