Pictish Trail & Myth-Busting

Just a wee post to highlight a couple of interesting resources & places to visit in connection with the Picts 🙂

🪧 The Highland Pictish Trail Website – full of great info & places to visit. Extract from site intro:

“From the 300 AD to about 900AD, the Picts ruled much of what is now Scotland, and the Highlands were an important centre of Pictish power, culture and religion.
Today, you can experience for yourself their fascinating legacy in the Highlands – enigmatic and often finely carved stones, important religious sites, hillforts set on towering hills and ridges, finely-worked jewellery and sculpture cared for in local museums, and stories of kings, wizards, faith and battles.”

💥 Great Myth-Busting article from Dig It! – available in Scots (& English, but give the Scots a go)! Extract from intro:

“The Pechts are best kent fur their byordinar symbol stanes, whit are tae be fund oot-through Scotland. Hooivver, recent research has brocht tae licht michtie new elite settlements and airtit oot Pechtish monasteries – forby, it has e’en gied us dates fur these ferlie stanes. Takkin tent o aw this new data, lat’s hae a glisk at some o the maist common questions speirt anent thon unco interestin fowk.”

⭐️ For those that can’t visit any Pictish sites at the moment, here’s a fab wee collection of interactive 3D models of some of them on Sketchfab. Example of one 1 I really like (as you can tell from the Featured photo lol):

📚 For more have a look the Picts topic tag & the Picts section of the Resource pages

📸 Featured Photo credit: Me, Fortingall

3 thoughts on “Pictish Trail & Myth-Busting

  1. Thanks again, Jennifer. What is most intriguing to me is the “Broch Bulls”, Pictish stone carvings at Burghead. In Isobel Gowdie’s 1662 confession, she speaks of the Downie Hill, her fairy mound, where live the fairies, elves, and also bulls “routing.” – Auldearn is not so far from Burghead. I wonder if there’s a connection?

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    • Thanks Nancy & interesting question 🙂

      I think the most likely reason Isobel mentioned bulls in her “confession” is related to Scottish Gaelic folklore rather than any Pictish connection. This is because we unfortunately don’t know very much about Pictish language, culture, beliefs etc. However, we do know that they were superseded by Gaelic culture & that in Gaelic culture the Sìth/Fairies often kept animals such as bulls, which were sometimes magic. Cattle in general were also very important in Gaelic society.

      Of course it’s likely that cattle or at least bulls were important to the Picts too as they are thought to have been Brythonic, rather than Gaelic, but still “Celtic”. That & of course they took the time to carve them into stone monuments such as the the great number found at Burghead 🐂


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