Urquhart Castle and The Magic Well

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Urquhart Castle

Way back in the days before Urquhart Castle existed in the days when the Great Glen was just starting to have settlers  – perhaps some of our Urquhart ancestors before the name of Urquhart was even spoken – and took advantage of its abundant food and resources. It was a fertile valley which made life easy.

Legend has it that these people had a magical well, a spring which Daly the Druid had made magical, which brought forth healing waters for all ills. There was a condition placed on using this magical well – after each use, the cover had to be placed back upon the well lest the well rise up and destroy the valley.

Alas, one day, a mother had removed the cover from the well and was drawing the magical water. Her baby started to cry and when she heard, like all good mothers, she went to her child’s aid. In her speed to do so, she neglected to replace the cover upon the magic well and although she may have had all intentions of doing so, by the time she realized she had left the cover off unattended, the well had turned into a roaring fountain of water, gushing forth water with such force that she had no option but to run with her baby, clambering up the sides of the valley.

The other settlers, seeing and hearing the great commotion and roaring of the water, also took to the paths up out of the valley, knowing that all was now lost. Their homes, possessions, but they escaped, all escaped I believe.

One of those who escaped, looking back at their great valley filling with water almost as fast as they could climb, cried out in disbelief and anguish “Tha loch ann a nis!” – which means “There is a lake in it now!” That great valley of the Great Glen, draws it’s name from those words “Loch ann a nis”: Loch Ness.

So, all I can say is this, if your over by Urquhart Castle having a look for Nessy, remember those waters around the Urquhart stronghold have magical healing properties, as I cannot find any reference to that healing well ever being covered again.

So it was that magical well and the careless action of that mother in haste, which produced the landscape and loch that Urquhart Castle took advantage of.


About Amanda Moffet

I run www.scotclans.com with Rodger Moffet. Live in Edinburgh and love travelling around Scotland gathering stories.

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3 thoughts on “Urquhart Castle and The Magic Well

  1. Garry Matthew Urquhart

    first time ive heard of a magical well, but that doesnt surprise me as we ARE a magical clan!

  2. Rose-Shoshana Mintz-Urquhart

    I am the widow of Robert Graham Urquhart who died unfortunately in 20012. We did fortunately have one daughter, Miriam Eva Graham Urquhart, now age 23 and happily engaged to another Episcopalian of English and Irish origin. I so want Miriam & Michael to have their honeymoon in Scotland and to visit The Urquhart Castle. I would love for them to have their honeymoon in Lochness and sleep in the Urquhart Castle if that is possible. Tell me can someone in Lochness say a prayer for my daughter Miriam Eva Graham Urquhart upcoming marriage to Michael Boulter this coming May 18, 2019 on the campus’s of Penn State in their non denominational chapel as I and my daughter are Jewish and my Scottish/German husband Robert Graham Urquhart was born and raised Scottish Episcopalian. I want a prayer of great health for Miriam & Michael. I want her to work out more and watch her diet. She is really quite beautiful! I can’t go into more detail. Miriam is quite healthy. Will you pray for this Urquhart family and that we always be close and appreciate the benefits of family. May you all have a wonderful Christmas/holiday/New Year season.


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