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Sub groupingLake monster
RegionLoch Maree

In Scottish folklore, Muc-sheilch(e) (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [muxkˈhelɪçə]) is a loch monster said to live in Loch Maree, and its neighbouring lochs.

In the 1850s, a Mr Banks from Letterewe tried at great expense to drain Loch-na-Bèiste, near Aultbea, but failed. He also tried to poison it with quicklime. Loch-na-Bèiste is Scottish Gaelic for "loch of the beast", beast often being used for a loch monster in Ireland especially. The term loosely translates as "turtle-pig".

It has been suggested to be a large eel.[citation needed]

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  • This article incorporates text from "Dwelly's [Scottish] Gaelic Dictionary" (1911).
  • AA Touring Guide to Scotland (1978)