Tour Scotland and discover its history of witches. In Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, you can learn the stories of alleged witches and discover ways to live like a modern-day witch.
“Halloween season is upon us, so what better time than now to explore Scotland’s witchy world,” says a Visit Scotland blog. “Uncover the tales and stories of mythical and alleged witches old and new who have made a lasting impression on Scotland’s turbulent history.”
Follow the Witch Trail map to explore locations across the country.
Witches Trail Map
There are 15 locations on the Witches Trail Map (PDF) that take explorers from the Isle of Lewis in the north to the Scottish Borders in the south. Along the way, you’ll learn about folk magic and folklore and explore witch markets, centuries-old monuments and haunted attractions, all while learning about the country’s past.
Stops along the trail
To really delve into the history, stops along the Witch Trail map include everything from shops to castles and art galleries. Here are some:
The Well of Witches
The Witches’ Well is located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. It marks the spot where more than 300 women accused of witchcraft were burned at the stake. This place is important because, during the 16th century, more women were murdered in this place than anywhere else in Scotland.
The Cauldron Co.
Cauldron Co. in Edinburgh has classes where you can use molecular mixology — while wearing a cape — to make cocktails! Or enjoy a Wizard Afternoon Tea where you can brew two different types of tea, one with a focus on transformation and the second a fun experiment to help you find the perfect blend.
Witches Craig Caravan & Camping Park
Book a stay at Witches Craig Caravan & Camping Park for a little taste of mystery and history. Located at the foot of the Ochils, rumored to be associated with witches for centuries. Myths and stories have been told such as a minister who claimed to have seen devils dancing with witches. The presence of the ‘witches’ can still be seen today with names such as Warlock Glen and Devil’s Loch nearby.
Kirkwall Town and ‘Witchy’ Walk
Tour the historic town of Kirkwall to learn centuries-old stories of the earliest Viking settlement, see the original Norse port, tour the most northerly cathedral in Britain — St Magnus Cathedral — and more.
Cailleach’s Herbarium And Scott Richardson-Read
On this quirky folklore experience, you’ll visit the Cailleach Herbarium to learn about Scottish folklore, botany and folk practices. It is led by Scott Richardson-Read, the co-creator and researcher behind the Taibhsear Collective. Cailleach’s Herbarium brings Edinburgh’s ongoing annual folk scene to life.
Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022
Throughout 2022, there are events across the country to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories. The idea is to celebrate culture through stories. This year, community groups, museums, heritage sites and other visitor attractions will host events with storytelling at their core.
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