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|Description ||The Cloutie Well was once better known as St Boniface’s Well and was revered for its healing powers especially if the waters were taken at Beltane (1st May).|
The old stone trough, which is filled by a slow trickle of water from a metal pipe coming out of the bank, is easy to locate on the roadside of the A832 between Tore and the turnoff to Munlochy.
Sadly, the cloutie thing seems to have run amok. Row upon row of lines are strung between the trees. These and the trees themselves are heavily festooned, not with the usual delicate fluttering rags but with generally total garment clouties. One does not have to look hard to realise that many lines of clouties past lie trampled on the ground.
The whole site lacks ambience but, I guess, at least it indicates that hope is alive and well.
|Bill Haase |
|Cloutie Well is located alongside a busy highway and there is no pull out for parked cars. The local authority could easily remedy this. But it is located on the beautiful Black Isle just a short ways from Fortrose and Cromarty, which deserve to be visited. I'm from Connecticut, and have visited this holy well twice, leaving a scrap of cloth dipped into the water each time. I've wished for good health, and so far the well seems to be working!|
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