clootie well

A well or spring whose waters is believed to have healing powers. Supplicants bring colored threads and rags of cloth as propitiatory gifts to the saint of the healing water, and hung upon the rocks and brushwood.

A clootie well is found at Munlochy, dedicated to St. Curidan, and another at Culloden. There is the Rug-well near Newcastle, and the "Craigie-How" at Kessock Ferry, near Kilmuir.



  • Macgregor, Alexander. (1901). Highland Superstitions. London: Gibbings & Company, p. 56.