Friday, April 2, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Scotland

Thomas the Rhymer and 
the Fairy Queen by
Meredith Morris Williams, 1910
"The winter gathered us into one room as it gathered the cattle into the stable and the byre; the sky came closer; the lamps were lit at three or four in the afternoon, and then the great evening lay  before us like a world: an evening filled with talk, stories, games, music and lamplight."
                                                       - Edwin Muir

This is the sixth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, we will learn more about our global neighbors. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories. I also offer some book suggestions, crafts resources, and articles for additional reading on the magical country of Scotland.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of Germany, India, Russia, and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! 


Clan Traditions and Popular Folktales of the Western Highlands and Islands, 1895 You will find stories about faeries, folktales, beast fables, and more between these virtual pages.

Folklore and LegendsEngland and Scotland by Charles J. Tibbets, 1894. This volume is a mixture of English and Scottish folklore.

The Folktales of the Orkney IslandsThis amazing site offers tales of the trows, sea tales, ghosts, restless spirits, traditions, and history of these beautiful islands.

Mysterious Britain - I know the title reads ‘Britain” but there are stories from Scotland as well, so I decided to include it. Banshees, Black Dogs and Bessie Dunlop are but a few of the folktales and legends from England, Wales, and Scotland. Visit with faeries, selkies, dragons and giants but beware, don’t stay tarry too long in one of the haunted castles.

The Scottish Fairy Book by Elizabeth W. Grierson, 1910 - “It may interest some of these children to know that when James IV was a little boy, nearly four hundred years ago, he used to sit on his tutor, Sir David Lindsay's, knee, and listen to some of the same stories that are written here:—to the story of Thomas the Rhymer, of the Red-Etin, and of The Black Bull of Norroway.”

Scottish Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Legends by Geoffrey Strahan, 1902 - Stop by and visit with the Minister and the Fairy, The Fisherman and the Merman, or perhaps the The Mermaid Wife, or anyone of the thirty-three tales that await you.

Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales - “Art is not only a thing of bound volumes and of exhibitions; and the Scottish peasant has shown perhaps as keen a sense of it--of the story-teller's art…” Words shared by Sir George Douglas in the introduction to this lovely collection of Scottish fairy and folk tales. Printed in 1901 the work is now in the public domain.

Scottish Folktales and Legends - Forty-six stories from Scotland and the Orkney Islands.

Scottish Ghost Stories by Elliot O’Donnell, 1911 - Come and meet The Sallow-faced Woman of No, greet The Floating Head of the Benrachett Inn, and have dinner with the White Lady of Rownam Avenue, and many more strangers if you a dare!

Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend by Donald Alexander Mackenzie, 1917. Fairies, friends, and foes fill this volume of stories from mythical Scotland.


I have not offered many individual stories below as I usually do as they are already in the above story collections. However, here are three additional tales to add to the offerings.

The Dreammaker – Scotland
Ursilla and Her Selkie Lover
Mallie and the Trow


The Language of Traveller Storytellers - A brief article on the origin of the Scottish traveling people.


Munroe Library - Scottish Folk, Fairy Tales, and other Traditional Lore - A nice selection of books from the Munroe Library.


Activity VillageMake a Loch Ness Monster, a Teddy Bear Kilt, or your very own tartan. These are just a few of the fun crafts for children to make and take.

DLTK-KIDS.COMCrafts to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, bagpiper craft, jigsaw puzzles, and more to celebrate Scotland.


Scottish SongsA collection approximately 200 Scottish songs either written by Scots or about Scotland. This page also has a link to a large collection of Scottish poetry.

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches – A collaborative project of the BBC Scotland, School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh) and the National Trust offering thousands of hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings. The project includes folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories, and other information. A true treasure!

SOMETHING EXTRA – This site offers some stories, along with short synopses to enhance further research. There are specific sections on:

Scottish Myths, Folktales and LegendsBackground information on some of Scotland’s famous locations and people.

The Six Creepiest Creatures from Scottish Folklore – Background information to help you jump start your story research.

Trees for Life“Award winning conservation charity dedicated to restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland.” From Alder to Yew, this site offers an array of myths and folklore of the Caledonian Forest that will surely complement an Arbor Day storytelling program. Note: Unfortunately, the original link no longer exists but you may still access the information via the Wayback Machine at this link.


Celebrating the Continent of Africa

Celebrating the Country of Germany

Celebrating the Country of India

Celebrating the Country of Russia

Celebrating the Country of Turkey




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