Muc-sheilche

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Muc-sheilche
Sub groupingLake monster
CountryScotland
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. The term loosely translates as "turtle-pig."

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, especially in Ireland.

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