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