I came across this site by accident. We had pulled off the road into a wooded parking area en route to Cromarty on the Black Isle, north of Inverness. The first thing I noticed was a rag tied onto a branch. Curiosity led me further into the trees along a winding path, up and around a hillock with a stream issuing from its base. Everywhere was festooned with rags, clothing, shoes, toys, and goodness knows what. Each trunk, branch, twig and root had something tied to it. It looked a bit like wind-blown rubbish from a waste dump but it was in fact all very deliberately placed and felt eerie despite the early summer brightness of dappled sunlight and fresh foliage.
I asked a local dog walker what was going on, and she told me that it was the site of a sacred spring, and that generations of people had left objects in the hope of healing or good luck. You can find out more of the history, folklore, and tradition by clicking HERE. I was totally amazed by the range of objects that had been placed there, like strange fruits, flowers, and vines decorating the woodland, and fading and disintegrating with the passage of time. I would think it is a lonely and atmospheric place to walk at dusk or dawn, especially in winter when the trees lack leaves. A bit of an eyesore really but venerating Nature in its own way.
Click on any image to see the details of the wide range of votive offerings at the site.