Scotlands History

Ballachulish Goddess

The Ballachulish Goddess or Ballachulish Figure is the name given to a large wooden carving discovered in the peat moss on the north side of Loch Leven in 1880.

Now in the National Museum of Scotland, it gives a glimpse of Iron-Age art and beliefs. It is a tall stick-like figure in dark alder wood. A pair of white quartz eyes are inset in the wood.

The nearby mountain called Beinn a’ Bheithir, or ‘hill of the thunderbolt’, is said to be named after the Cailleach Bheithir - an ancient hag goddess of winds and storms. Could the Ballachulish Figure be one of her earlier representations?

  • A photograph of the Ballachulish goddess

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