Folklore

Discover the old myths and tall tales handed down over the generations from our ancient lands…

Otta F Swire, Scotland’s Forgotten Folklorist

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Otta Swire, Otta F Swire
MJ STEEL COLLINS looks at the little known Scottish author Otta F Swire and her amazing Herbridean folktales

The Brag, don’t ride the shape-shifting Devil Horse!

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The Brag
JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about shape-shifting devil horses from the north of England

Boggart Hole Clough – what is a Boggart?

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boggart hole clough - what is a boggart?
BECKY KEANE tells us about the Legend of Boggart Hole Clough in Manchester

How Finn McCool made the Giant’s Causeway

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This Saint Patrick's Day, JANET QUINLIVAN tells the story behind one of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway

England’s obsession with Black Dogs and other demon hounds of hell…

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BARRY McCANN looks at England's history of terrifying Black Dogs, from Black Shuck to Baskerville...

13 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Jack O’Lantern

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ANN MASSEY reveals 13 strange facts about Jack O'Lantern for Halloween

Fachen, a Strange Giant

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JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about the half giants known as Fachen, which had one eye, one arm and one leg

Poppet Magic, a magical guide

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KATIE DOHERTY looks at poppets - the magical practice of using dolls to inflict pain on one's enemies ...

Cornish Owlman: Everything you need to know

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The strange Cornish Owlman was first seen in Mawnan Smith in the 1970s. NIA JONES reveals its strange legend.

The Duergar – The Dwarves of Simonside Hills

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LEE D. MUNRO says beware frightful dwarves when travelling through Simonside Hills in Northumberland

The Devil in Derbyshire

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K.B. GODDARD explores Derbyshire's surprising folklore links with the devil...

Spooky Christmas Folklore You Need to Know!

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals the spooky backgrounds to many of the ancient Christmas folklore and traditions that we still enjoy!

7 Reasons to visit mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles in Northern Ireland

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Beaghmore Stone Circles
Guest writer DARLA MOORE explains why Beaghmore Stone Circles in County Tyrone is an amazing place to visit

10 Weirdest British Easter traditions you never knew

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals some strange and wonderful Easter traditions from Britain

Baobhan Sith: Are Scottish Vampires more deadly?

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Baobhan Sith
ROSE GARNETT reveals the terrifying Baobhan Sith - the Scottish brand of vampires that would leave their Transylvanian cousins for dead

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies

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The Cottingley Fairies is a fascinating case, says NIA JONES

Beware Ireland's Death Coach

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PAUL MOYNIHAN profiles the harbinger of Ireland’s haunted highways and byways

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Shrewsbury: 5 Haunted Places to Visit

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Shrewsbury is an ancient, medieval town with a spooky, haunted feel. Here are 5 of its most haunted places to visit.