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Bride and Angus

Did you ever wonder where the snow and ice come from in the dead of winter?

Bride tended the spring lambs, and as day follows night, spring follows winter, the young Bride and Angus battled the one-eyed blue-faced goddess of winter, Beira, and her storm hags.

Beira, the Cailleach Bheur, lived high up on the mountains of Schiehallion, the Cuillins and Ben Nevis where she ruled Scotland as the Queen of Winter and protected the deer and goats of the mountains.

Folk point to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool where Beira washed her plaid as white as snow.

In Scotland, 25 April marks the end of winter and the start of spring, and used to be named 'Là na Caillich' – 'Cailleach Day'.

Each Halloween the Cailleach Bheur is revealed at Edinburgh's Samhuinn Festival, leading revellers from the shadow of the castle down the Royal Mile.

Listen as David Campbell, Claire McNicol and Martin MacIntyre tell the story of Beira, her hags and the coming of Bride and Angus.

David Campbell tells the story of Bride and Angus

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Claire McNicol - Bride and Angus (English)


Bride and Angus - Claire McNicol
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