Visit Scotland and learn about its history with witches. In ‘Year of Stories 2022’ in Scotland, you can learn the stories of so-called witches and discover ways to live like a modern-day witch.
“The Halloween season is upon us, so what better time than now to explore Scotland’s world of witches,” says a Visit Scotland blog. “Discover the stories and tales of mythical and presumed witches old and new that have left a lasting impression on Scotland’s checkered history.”
Follow the Witch Trail map to explore locations across the country.
Map of the Witches Trail
There are 15 locations on the Witches Trail map (PDF) taking 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 witchcraft markets, centuries-old memorials, and haunted attractions while learning about the country’s past.
Stops along the trail
To really dive into history, stops along the Witch Trail map include everything from shops to castles to art galleries. Here are a few:
The Witches’ Well
The Witches’ Well is at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. It marks the spot where over 300 women accused of witchcraft were burned at the stake. This place is significant because, in the 16th century, more women were murdered at this site than anywhere in Scotland.
The Cauldron Company.
The Cauldron Co. in Edinburgh offers 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 focused on transfiguration and the second on a fun experimentation session helping you find your perfect blend.
Witches Craig Caravan & Camping Park
Book a stay at Witches Craig Caravan & Camping Park for a taste of mystery and history. It is located at the foot of the Ochils, which have been said to have been associated with witches for centuries. Legends and tales were told, such as a minister claiming to have seen demons dancing with witches. The presence of ‘witches’ can still be seen today with names such as nearby Warlock Glen and Devil’s Loch.
Kirkwall Town and “Witchy” Walk
Visit the historic town of Kirkwall to learn centuries-old stories of the first Viking settlement, discover the original Norse port, visit Britain’s most northerly cathedral – St. Magnus Cathedral – and more.
Herbarium of Cailleach and Scott Richardson-Read
In this quirky folk experience, you’ll visit the Cailleach Herbarium to learn about Scottish folklore, herbalism and folk practices. It is directed by Scott Richardson-Read, the co-creator and researcher of the Taibhsear collective. Cailleach’s Herbarium brings Edinburgh’s annual folk scene to life.
Scottish Year of Stories 2022
Throughout 2022, events are being held 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 tourist attractions will host storytelling events.
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