2 Loch Freuchie
the devil’s dozen — were tried and 11 of them burned at the stake. Every protection had to be taken from such spirits that could change their form from human to cat or hare in an instant.
Even today, country folk still look to the rowan and judge by its crop of berries what sort of winter lies ahead.
Glen Quaich crosses the hills between Amulree and Kenmore at the eastern end of Loch Tay with plenty exciting twists and turns as it goes. Part of this route runs above the shores of Loch Freuchie. One inhabitant of the loch you wouldn’t want to meet is the local dragon, “Freuchie”. According to legend, he lives on the loch’s island where he guards a rowan the berries of which are said to possess miraculous healing powers. No amount of berries, however, would help you if he catches you trying to pinch them.
In modern times we may think we know better and jokingly sneer at such irrational fears and superstitions. Few, if any, might nowadays plant a rowan by their doorway for its magical powers but, at the same time, who would be brave enough to risk taking one down!
Loch Freuchie is said to be the home of a dragon that guards a rowan tree on an island.