Munlochy

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    Munlochy is a small village lying at the head of narrow Munlochy Bay, just off the road to Tore.

    Early records of settlements in Munlochy are scarce and it seems that most of the village growth happened as quarry workers gathered stone to build Fort George on the Moray Firth in the 1760s.

    Munlochy Bay is a recognised breeding area for many Scottish sea birds and attracts a large number of bird enthusiasts to the area. The area has a vast range of tidal sand and mud, salt flats and rocky cliffs and has been designated as a Site of Special Interest.

    Just to the north of the village lies the Clootie Well a remnant of an ancient, once common, Scottish tradition. Pilgrims would venture to the well to make offerings, to cure illness and disease. The holy well in Munlochy is said to date back to the time of St Boniface Curitan, a missionary working in Scotland around AD 620. Pilgrims would circle the well, splash water and then tie a piece of cloth or ‘cloot’ from the sick persons clothes to a nearby tree. As the cloot rotted away, so legend says, would the sickness.

    Today, Clootie Well remains a mysterious and atmospheric place and many flock to it to leave offerings still.

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