Glaistig of Boachaoil

The glaistig living at the waterfall of Bo-chaoil in Glen Orchy. She jumped up behind a man named Campbell as he was riding home in the evening, and urged his horse to greater speed. Campbell put back his hands and caught her. He was going to take her home, but she managed to get away. She left as her parting gift that no Campbell should ever be born alive above Bo-chaoil.

The water before breaking over the fall is split by an unseen pinnacle of the rock, and the glaistig is said to cause this with her foot.



  • Campbell, J.G. (1900). Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, pp. 171-172.