Top 5 Spooky Scottish Mythological Creatures

Top 5 Spooky Scottish Mythological Creatures

Halloween is approaching, and Scotland has one of the spookiest histories filled with creepy mythological creatures. To get you in the scary spirit, here are our top 5 spooky Scottish mythological creatures!

The Bean Nighe

The Bean Nigh translates to the washerwoman in Gaelic, and is an old legend of a Banshee that washes blood from the clothes of those she’s killed. The laundress is famous within folklore, and is known to haunt Scottish steams taking the form of either a hag or a sobbing young woman. Some say the spirit takes the form of women who have died in childbirth.

She is related to the Irish Banshee and friend Les Lavandieres and is known to be an omen of death, meaning if you come across her something bad is going to happen! However, some believe she has the ability to grant wishes. If you see her washing in the stream before she sees you, you’re able to ask her for three gifts of your choice, which she must comply with and then won’t be seen at that stream, again. So, next time you’re walking by a Scottish stream, keep your eyes peeled for a small and haggard woman washing her laundry.

The Red Cap Goblin

The red cap goblin is a haunting goblin that has origins in the Borders, legendary for his murderous rage. Described as a short elf-like creature with hideous teeth and blood shot red eyes, this creature wears a red cap, said to be soaked in his victim’s blood. He is said to haunt the abandoned castles of Scotland and waits for travellers to visit, and then flings stones at them in an attempt to kill. It is said the Goblin must kill before the blood staining his cap red dries out, and are always on the lookout for unfortunate souls.

Different regions of Scotland report sightings of the Red Cap Goblin differently, for example Perth depicts him more ass a little man that lives in Grantully Castle that grants visitors that manage to catch a glimpse of him good luck. We much prefer the Perth version!

Red Caps have a history of being featured in literature and films, and even bagged a role in Harry Potter!

NUCKELAVEE

Perhaps one of the most haunting Scottish methodical creatures of all time, we present the Nuckelavee of the Northern Isles. Half horse, half man, the Nuckelavee charmingly doesn’t have any skin, and you can see his blood coursing through his veins. It is said he is responsible for the destruction of crops and livestock across Scotland, and breaths a fiery breath of damnation. Historical draughts and famine in the Northern Isles were blamed on the Nuckelavee, and Orkney residents wouldn’t even say his name without frantically praying afterwards.

As terrifying as this sounds, it’s comforting to note that the Nuckelavee is unable to cross water, so if you’re ever being chased, look out for a nearby stream!

BAOBHAN SITH

The Baobhan Sith is another horrible creature that at first glance appears to be a normal Scottish lady, but is actually a sinister daemon looking to lure men to their death. With origins in the highlands, these creatures are said to have hooves for feat and are usually wearing long green dresses to disguise them.

The Baobhan look to murder hunters in the woods, usually men who are wishing for companionship. Legend has it, the temptresses engage the hunters in a dance, and dance with them until they’re exhausted, at which point the Baobhan’s nails turn into talons and they rip the poor men to shreds, draining them of blood. This rewards the Baobhan the nickname, ‘The Vampire of the Highlands.’

EACH UISGE

Not to be confused with the water kelpies, the Each Uisge are demonic water horses that roam the Scottish waters. It lure’s riders in by depicting itself as a normal handsome horse, and then drags the unfortunate person to the bottom of the loch drowning them. It is said the best way to avoid being tricked by these steeds is to look out for water weeds or profuse sands in the hair of a horse before crossing the water on its back.