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8 Strangely Named Scottish Places

We all know the most common, most beautiful, most breathtaking Scottish places but this time we propose a list of places that is surprisingly different.

These are some of less known and strangely named scottish places to visit or just read more about their fascinating history.

Read on and let us know if you knew them all!.

Awful Hand Range

Galloway forest park is a gorgeous part of Scotland and a mixture of woodland, lochs and moorlands.

Home to the range of an awful Hand.

Unusual name for easy to overlook and great little grouping of interesting hills. The tallest from five is Merrick dominating the area around Loch Trool at 2766 feet.

awful Hand Range
Timber stacks by David Parker
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Devils Beef Tub

This easy to miss area is passed by everybody driving through the scenic road A708 to Moffat.

The beef tub is sombre and overwhelming place in the moors north of Moffat that plunges 500 feet between 4 hills to the infant river Annan.

In the past its other name was Marquis of Annandale Beef Stand where cattle thieves from Johnston family under their leader Lord Annandale would hide their stolen cattle here.

Devils Beef Tub
The Devil’s Beef Tub and Hart Fell by Trevor Littlewood
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Badbea Clearance Village

Pronounced bad-bay its a ruined village settled in 18th century during the highland clearances.

Highlanders living in nearby Quasdale village were moved from their homes and their land was replaced with more profitable sheep.

Badbea lies on the south west of the cliffs shaped by salt, spray and wind.

In 1911 when the last inhabitant left the village a massive memorial was erected by David Sutherland which father was born in Badbea and lived there before emigrating to New Zealand.

Badbea Clearance Village
Badbea Clearance Village by Bill Henderson
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Flow Country

If you’re looking for absolute solitude the flow country is the place for you.

With Its vast expanse of blanket bog, this places is said to be one of the last world’s wild places, set in the fat north of Scotland.

The area might seem abandoned at first. But it is rich in wildlife such as red deer, greenshank, dragon flies or wild cats.

Today we can get a feel of flow Country by walking out from RSPB visitors center either on a self guided walk or accompanied by a ranger at Forsinard station.

Badbea Clearance Village
Flow Country Forsinard by Stephan Ridgway
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Whaligoe Steps

Can you imagine to climb the slippery steps caring crabs, lobsters, herrings and other species of fish on your back in creels up and down 330 crooked steps.

It is hard to imagine that every man and woman had to do that despite the weather conditions daily.

These steps called Whaligoe are a deep and narrow cleft in tall flagstone cliffs raising two hundred feet.

Today it is an amazing testimony to the determination of the local fishermen and a great way to get a glimpse of how hard they used to work back in the day.

Whaligoe Steps
Whaligoe Steps by Adam Court
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Oh! don’t forget to go down and climb the 330 steps up accompanied by beautiful scenery, it is really worth it.

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Infamous corryvreckan whirlpool is he third biggest in the world and is notorious for claiming lives of the careless.

Unusual underwater topography and strong atlantic currents are responsible for creating the perfect condition for this monster of a whirlpool to arise.

No wonder It is also present in Scottish mythology. it is said that the goddess of winter washes her autumn brown tartan in the whirlpool making it snow white thus announcing the arrival of winter.

If you’re brave enough you can go on a speedboat and swim close or even inside the whirlpool.
Sailing over the Corryvreckan! by Jenni Douglas
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Tomb Of The Eagles

Orkney is well know for it’s prehistoric sites but one place hides some strange mysteries.

Sixty years ago a local farmer discovered a cavity that after an excavation happened to be the tomb full of the dismembered human bones that were cleaned of flesh.

Sixteen thousand bones were uncovered belonging to about hundred and forty people.

Interestingly this tomb also contained around six hundred bones of the sea eagles and was used for over a thousand years hence the name Tomb Of The Eagles.

Tomb of the Eagles
Tomb of the Eagles by Unukorno
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Ship Of Death

Rousay is of the most historically abundant isles in all of Orkney with around 160 sites.

One of which is Midhowe Cairn that gives the initial impression of an upturned boat hull and inside you will find 24 burial chambers along with remains of 25 people that were discovered in 1932.

No wonder they call this place the ship of the dead. it certainly resembles a Viking galley ship in size and shape.

Midhowe cairn
Rousay: looking down on Midhowe cairn by Chris Downer
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