[< Gallery Home | Latest Images | Top 100 | Submit Picture >]
<< Previous Picture | Next Picture >>
| Loch Ma Naire |
[750 x 561 JPG]
Unless otherwise stated, this image is the copyright of the submitter. Contact them for permission to reproduce it.
|Description ||This loch has long been seen as a healing loch. Celtic tradition has it that a local wise woman (or priestess or witch) possessed some stones which, when placed in water, had the power of making the water a cure for all “the ills to which flesh is heir.” The leader of the Gordons wanted the stones for himself so pretended to be ill and went to see the woman. She saw through his trickery and ran away. When cornered beside the loch, rather than give up her stones, she threw them into the loch declaring that it’s waters should henceforth heal all who dipped in them or drank of them … except of course if they were a Gordon. Cheated of his prize, Lord Gordon had her stoned to death.|
Until the middle of the 19th century the loch was a site of pilgrimage. It’s healing powers are said to be strongest on the 1st Monday in August, between 12 midnight and 1.00am. The sick would gather on the shore at midnight, drink some of the water, strip, and then walk backwards into the loch. After immersing themselves three times, they would throw an offering of a silver coin into the loch.
No comments. Why don't you go ahead and post one!
To post comments first you must Register!
Megalithic Portal eGallery, images of megaliths and prehistoric sites worldwide, free to view.