Sacred Rocks, Hills, Lakes

Students of anthropology, comparative religion, folklore & other academic fields, have long been aware that many mountains, hills, rock outcrops, rivers and other features on the Earth, were imbued by tribal groups with particular sanctity – i.e., are sacred. Some are deemed as the abodes of spirits (good and bad), gods & other transpersonal qualities. Most mountaineers and travellers will talk of these living qualities upon Nature’s body; and although these places aren’t generally thought of as important in the lives of our pre-christian ancestors, such places were primal: imbued with similar animistic qualities found at standing stones, megalithic rings and other human constructions—although we can be damn sure that the spirit-qualities (the genius loci) of Nature’s creations possessed much greater power than anything created by humans. Whilst people may try emulating the feats of the gods around them, Nature is always the governor when it comes to such things!  …So it is that we find sites across Scotland and its southern lowlands with great myths underscoring them. Examples that immediately spring to mind are Pendle Hill (Lancs), Schiehallion (Perthshire), Beinn na Cailleach (Perthshire), Simon’s Seat (N.Yorks), and many rock outcrops that we see on modern OS-maps dedicated to such mythical characters as the Devil, Robin Hood, fairies, Thor, Grim and other deities. In this index are the myths, histories & folklore of such places.

SACRED ROCKS & HILLS: Bibliography & References

  1. A’ Chailleach, Braemore, Ross & Cromarty
  2. Alcomden Stones, Stanbury Moor, West Yorkshire
  3. Almscliffe Crags, North Rigton, North Yorkshire
  4. An Sithean, Lawers, Kenmore, Perthshire
  5. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  6. Ashlar Chair, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  7. Basin Stone, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  8. Beinn Dearg bad Chailleach, Drumchork, Ross & Cromarty
  9. Beinn na Cailleach, Ardtalla, Islay, Argyll
  10. Beinn na Cailleach, Broadford, Skye, Inverness-shire
  11. Beinn na Cailleach, Kinlochmore, Inverness-shire
  12. Beinn na Cailleach, Knoydart, Inverness-shire
  13. Beinn na Cailleach, Kylerhea, Skye, Inverness-shire
  14. Bell Stane, Queensferry, Midlothian
  15. Ben Ledi, Callander, Stirlingshire
  16. Blakey Topping, Allerston, North Yorkshire
  17. Blue Stane, St. Andrews, Fife
  18. The Bodach and Cailleach, Ardminish, Gigha, Argyll
  19. Boggart’s Chair, Elland, West Yorkshire
  20. Boggart Stone, Midgley, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
  21. Boggart Stones, Heptonstall Moor, West Yorkshire
  22. Boggart Stones, Saddleworth Moor, Lancashire
  23. Boggart Stones, Widdop Moor, West Yorkshire
  24. Bogle Bush, Collace, Perthshire
  25. Bride Stones, Todmorden – see Great Bride Stones
  26. Brimham Rocks, Hartwith, North Yorkshire
  27. Broad Oak, Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex
  28. Brow Grains Rocking Stone, Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire
  29. Bull Stone, Crook of Devon, Kinross-shire
  30. Busky Dike Druidical Altar, Fewston, North Yorkshire
  31. Carlie Craig, Blairlogie, Stirlingshire
  32. Carlinghow Hill, Batley, West Yorkshire
  33. Carlin Stone, Balfron, Stirlingshire
  34. Carling Stone, Blackpool, Lancashire
  35. Clach an Eolas, St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides
  36. Clach Mhallaichte, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty
  37. Clach mo-Luchaig, Fortingall, Perthshire
  38. Clach na Ba, St Fillans, Comrie, Perthshire
  39. Clach na Glaistig, Iona, Argyll
  40. Clach na Gruagach, Balnahard, Colonsay
  41. Clach na Gruagach, Barra, Outer Hebrides
  42. Clach na Gruagach, Bennan, Mull
  43. Clach na Gruagach, St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides
  44. Clach na Gruagach, Tiree, Argyll
  45. Clach na Gruagach, Trodda, Skye
  46. Clach na Foinne, Glen Lochay, Perthshire
  47. Clach na h-ealea, Clachan, Lismore, Argyll
  48. Clach na Sgoltadh, Bridge of Balgie, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  49. Clochoderick Stone, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
  50. Cnoc a’ Chiuil, Weem, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  51. Cock Crowing Stone, Hollow Meadows, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  52. Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
  53. Cow and Calf Stones, East Bierley, West Yorkshire
  54. Cradle Stone, Crieff, Perthshire
  55. Creag an t-Sithean, St. Fillans, Comrie, Perthshire
  56. Creag na Cailleach, Killin, Perthshire
  57. Deil’s Cradle, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
  58. De’il’s Stane, Waltonhill, Craigrothie, Fife
  59. Devil’s Blue Stane, Crail, Fife
  60. Devil’s Stone, Addlebrough, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
  61. Devil’s Stone, Winceby, Lincolnshire
  62. Dove Law Stones, Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
  63. Dove Stones, Widdop Moor, West Yorkshire
  64. Dragon’s Wood, Alderbury, Shropshire
  65. Druid’s Altar, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  66. Druid’s Stone, Bungay, Suffolk
  67. Eagle Stone, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  68. Echo Stone, Mugdock, Stirlingshire
  69. Elbolton Hill, Thorpe, Burnsall, North Yorkshire
  70. Fairies’ Cradle, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty
  71. Fairy Dell, Denton, North Yorkshire
  72. Fairy Crags, Shap, Westmorland
  73. Fairy Holes, Whitewell, Lancashire
  74. Fairy Loch, Arrochar, Argyll
  75. Fairy Stone, Clunbury, Shropshire
  76. Fairy Stone, Fourstones, Northumberland
  77. Fairy Stones, Wharram Percy, East Yorkshire
  78. Fairy’s Chest, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  79. Giant’s Leap & Rock, Abernyte, Perthshire
  80. Giant’s Stones, Arnbathie, Perthshire
  81. Glen Cailleach, Fortingall, Perthshire
  82. Goose Oaks, St. Fillans, Comrie, Perthshire
  83. Great Bride Stones, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  84. Great Dove Stones, Saddleworth Moor, Lancashire
  85. The Great Stone, Downham, Lancashire
  86. Great Stone of Fourstones, Lowgill, North Yorkshire
  87. Gray Stone, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  88. Hitching Stone, Keighley Moor, West Yorkshire
  89. Hood Hill Stone, Kilburn, North Yorkshire
  90. Jenny Twigg and her Daughter Dibb, Lofthouse, North Yorkshire
  91. Kelpie’s Stane, Corgarff, Aberdeenshire
  92. The Kirk, Steeton, West Yorkshire
  93. Kirk Stones, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  94. Leac na Gruagaich, Kinlochleven, Inverness-shire
  95. Loch Carlin, Gruinard, Ross & Cromarty
  96. Loch Derculich, Dull, Perthshire
  97. Loch Glassy, Weem, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  98. Loch Nell, Argyll
  99. Lochan Uaine, Arrochar, Argyll – see Fairy Loch, Arrochar
  100. Lon na Cailleach, Fortingall, Perthshire
  101. Maen Sigl, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire
  102. Maiden Castle, Glendevon, Perthshire
  103. Maiden’s Oak, Abernethy, Perthshire
  104. Man Stone, Whitworth, Lancashire
  105. Meall an t-Sithe, Loch a’ Bhroain, Braemore, Ross & Cromarty
  106. Mullach-Geal Stone, St Kilda – Legendary Stone
  107. Nursery Knot, Appletreewick Moor, North Yorkshire
  108. Old Man at Mow, Mow Cop, Cheshire
  109. The Old Man of Storr, Skye, Inverness-shire
  110. The Old Woman, Cornholme, West Yorkshire
  111. Old Wife Ridge, Heyshaw Moor, Dacre, North Yorkshire
  112. Ossian’s Stone, Sma’ Glen, Fowlis Wester, Perthshire
  113. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
  114. Penny Stone, Blackpool, Lancashire
  115. Ponden Kirk, Stanbury Moor, West Yorkshire
  116. Pots and Pans Stone, Greenfield, Oldham, Lancashire
  117. Praying Hands of Mary – see Clach an Sgoltadh
  118. Queen of the Fairies Chair, Lowgill, Lancashire
  119. Ringstone, Torrisdale Bay, Farr, Sutherland
  120. River Barvas, Barvas, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
  121. Robin Hood’s Bed, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough, Lancashire
  122. Robin Hood’s House, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  123. Robin Hood’s House, Berry Brow, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  124. Robin Hood’s Pennystone, Midgley Moor, West Yorkshire
  125. Robin Hood’s Seat, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  126. Robin Hood’s Stone, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire
  127. Rocking Stone, Bordley, North Yorkshire
  128. Rocking Stone, Golcar, West Yorkshire
  129. Rocking Stones, Kirriemuir, Angus
  130. Rocking Stone, Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire
  131. Rocking Stone, Rishworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  132. Rocking Stone, Warley Moor, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  133. St. Austin’s Stone, High Hunsley, East Yorkshire
  134. St. Canna’s Stone, Llangan, Carmarthenshire
  135. St. Fillan’s Chair, Dundurn, Comrie, Perthshire
  136. St. Fillan’s Chair, Killin, Perthshire
  137. St Giles’ Stone, Mosstowie, Elgin, Moray
  138. St. Palladius’ Footprint, Camusvrachan, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  139. Samson’s Stone, Crieff, Perthshire
  140. Samson Stone, Kilmahog, Stirlingshire
  141. Samson Stone, Waltonhill, Fife
  142. Serpent Wood, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire
  143. Sharp Haw, Flasby, North Yorkshire
  144. Simon’s Seat, Skyreholme, North Yorkshire
  145. Sith Tromaidh, Fortingall, Perthshire
  146. Sleepy Lowe Rocking Stone, Warley Moor, West Yorkshire
  147. Smoo Cave, Durness, Sutherland
  148. Staing Calliche, Fortingall, Perthshire
  149. Stone of Mannan, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire
  150. Thor’s Stone, Thurstaston, Cheshire
  151. Tom na Gruagach, Torridon, Ross & Cromarty
  152. Two Eggs, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  153. Two Lads, Withens Moor, Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
  154. Uaimh Shianta, Fearnmore, Applecross, Ross & Cromarty
  155. Wart Stone, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  156. Well of the Whooping Cough, Killin, Perthshire
  157. Weeping Stone, Fladaigh Chuain, Skye, Inverness-shire
  158. West Nab Rocking Stone, Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire
  159. Whetstone, Hergest Ridge, Herefordshire
  160. White Rocks, Luddenden Dean, West Yorkshire
  161. White Stane of Tam Baird, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire
  162. Whole Stone, Golcar, West Yorkshire
  163. Whooping Cough Stone, Kenmore, Perthshire
  164. Whooping Cough Stone, Rannoch, Perthshire
  165. Whooping Cough Stone, Struan, Perthshire
  166. Whooping Cough Well, Killin – see Well of the Whooping Cough
  167. Witch’s Knowe, Craigie, Ayrshire
  168. Witch’s Stane, Craigie, Ayrshire
  169. Witch’s Stone, Craigs of Kyle, Coylton, Ayrshire
  170. Witch’s Stone, Crossford, Dunfermline, Fife
  171. Wizard’s Stone, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
  172. Wolf Stones, Oakworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  173. Worm Rock, Fatfield, Durham
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