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. Fairies’ Cradle, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty
  66. Fairy Dell, Denton, North Yorkshire
  67. Fairy Crags, Shap, Westmorland
  68. Fairy Holes, Whitewell, Lancashire
  69. Fairy Loch, Arrochar, Argyll
  70. Fairy Stone, Clunbury, Shropshire
  71. Fairy Stone, Fourstones, Northumberland
  72. Fairy Stones, Wharram Percy, East Yorkshire
  73. Fairy’s Chest, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  74. Giant’s Leap & Rock, Abernyte, Perthshire
  75. Giant’s Stones, Arnbathie, Perthshire
  76. Glen Cailleach, Fortingall, Perthshire
  77. Goose Oaks, St. Fillans, Comrie, Perthshire
  78. Great Bride Stones, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  79. Great Dove Stones, Saddleworth Moor, Lancashire
  80. The Great Stone, Downham, Lancashire
  81. Great Stone of Fourstones, Lowgill, North Yorkshire
  82. Gray Stone, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  83. Hitching Stone, Keighley Moor, West Yorkshire
  84. Hood Hill Stone, Kilburn, North Yorkshire
  85. Jenny Twigg and her Daughter Dibb, Lofthouse, North Yorkshire
  86. Kelpie’s Stane, Corgarff, Aberdeenshire
  87. The Kirk, Steeton, West Yorkshire
  88. Kirk Stones, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  89. Leac na Gruagaich, Kinlochleven, Inverness-shire
  90. Loch Carlin, Gruinard, Ross & Cromarty
  91. Loch Derculich, Dull, Perthshire
  92. Loch Glassy, Weem, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  93. Loch Nell, Argyll
  94. Lochan Uaine, Arrochar, Argyll – see Fairy Loch, Arrochar
  95. Lon na Cailleach, Fortingall, Perthshire
  96. Maen Sigl, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire
  97. Maiden Castle, Glendevon, Perthshire
  98. Maiden’s Oak, Abernethy, Perthshire
  99. Man Stone, Whitworth, Lancashire
  100. Meall an t-Sithe, Loch a’ Bhroain, Braemore, Ross & Cromarty
  101. Mullach-Geal Stone, St Kilda – Legendary Stone
  102. Nursery Knot, Appletreewick Moor, North Yorkshire
  103. Old Man at Mow, Mow Cop, Cheshire
  104. The Old Man of Storr, Skye, Inverness-shire
  105. The Old Woman, Cornholme, West Yorkshire
  106. Old Wife Ridge, Heyshaw Moor, Dacre, North Yorkshire
  107. Ossian’s Stone, Sma’ Glen, Fowlis Wester, Perthshire
  108. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
  109. Ponden Kirk, Stanbury Moor, West Yorkshire
  110. Pots and Pans Stone, Greenfield, Oldham, Lancashire
  111. Queen of the Fairies Chair, Lowgill, Lancashire
  112. Ringstone, Torrisdale Bay, Farr, Sutherland
  113. River Barvas, Barvas, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
  114. Robin Hood’s Bed, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough, Lancashire
  115. Robin Hood’s House, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  116. Robin Hood’s House, Berry Brow, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  117. Robin Hood’s Pennystone, Midgley Moor, West Yorkshire
  118. Robin Hood’s Seat, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  119. Robin Hood’s Stone, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire
  120. Rocking Stone, Bordley, North Yorkshire
  121. Rocking Stone, Golcar, West Yorkshire
  122. Rocking Stones, Kirriemuir, Angus
  123. Rocking Stone, Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire
  124. Rocking Stone, Rishworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  125. Rocking Stone, Warley Moor, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  126. St. Austin’s Stone, High Hunsley, East Yorkshire
  127. St. Canna’s Stone, Llangan, Carmarthenshire
  128. St. Fillan’s Chair, Dundurn, Comrie, Perthshire
  129. St. Fillan’s Chair, Killin, Stirlingshire
  130. St Giles’ Stone, Mosstowie, Elgin, Moray
  131. St. Palladius’ Footprint, Camusvrachan, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  132. Samson’s Stone, Crieff, Perthshire
  133. Samson Stone, Kilmahog, Stirlingshire
  134. Samson Stone, Waltonhill, Fife
  135. Serpent Wood, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire
  136. Sharp Haw, Flasby, North Yorkshire
  137. Simon’s Seat, Skyreholme, North Yorkshire
  138. Sith Tromaidh, Fortingall, Perthshire
  139. Sleepy Lowe Rocking Stone, Warley Moor, West Yorkshire
  140. Smoo Cave, Durness, Sutherland
  141. Staing Calliche, Fortingall, Perthshire
  142. Stone of Mannan, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire
  143. Thor’s Stone, Thurstaston, Cheshire
  144. Tom na Gruagach, Torridon, Ross & Cromarty
  145. Two Eggs, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  146. Two Lads, Withens Moor, Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
  147. Uaimh Shianta, Fearnmore, Applecross, Ross & Cromarty
  148. Wart Stone, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  149. Well of the Whooping Cough, Killin, Perthshire
  150. Weeping Stone, Fladaigh Chuain, Skye, Inverness-shire
  151. West Nab Rocking Stone, Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire
  152. Whetstone, Hergest Ridge, Herefordshire
  153. White Rocks, Luddenden Dean, West Yorkshire
  154. White Stane of Tam Baird, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire
  155. Whole Stone, Golcar, West Yorkshire
  156. Whooping Cough Stone, Kenmore, Perthshire
  157. Whooping Cough Stone, Rannoch, Perthshire
  158. Whooping Cough Stone, Struan, Perthshire
  159. Whooping Cough Well, Killin – see Well of the Whooping Cough
  160. Witch’s Knowe, Craigie, Ayrshire
  161. Witch’s Stane, Craigie, Ayrshire
  162. Witch’s Stone, Craigs of Kyle, Coylton, Ayrshire
  163. Witch’s Stone, Crossford, Dunfermline, Fife
  164. Wizard’s Stone, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
  165. Wolf Stones, Oakworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  166. Worm Rock, Fatfield, Durham