Can you spot the 🦌? Tag a friend who would love a road-trip up to snowy Scotland to see this stunning view...and perhaps visit the ruins of Ardvreck Castle 🏰 Love this shot by @merlins_mind. The castle in the distance stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into Loch Assynt, and was constructed by the MacLeod Clan in the late 15th century, around 1490AD.
There is a real feeling of magic in this place.... especially due to its wonderful legend. It's said the loch itself is home to the elusive “Mermaid of Assynt”, the MacLeods’ lost daughter Eimhir. In exchange for help building the castle the MacLeods pledged Eimhir to the Clootie (devil!), and so in hiding from him she dived into the loch and began living underwater. The locals also use this legend to account for natural changes in the landscape. When the loch's water rise above their normal levels, legend tells that these are Eimhir's tears mourning her life lost on the land. Some even claim to have sighted her weeping on the rocks, her body now transformed into half woman, half sea creature. Some contest her form, instead calling her Selkie, the Nordic mythological figure of the sea, who must first shed tears into the water in order to become visible again to the human eye.
I think that's a good enough reason to go exploring and try to see her... perhaps gently persuade her from the waters with a plate of lovely choccie biccies. Lovely shot by @merlins_mind 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too! 🇬🇧