Thursday 11 October 2018

A Halloween Map of Spooky Folklore Worldwide

A holiday company has created a world map of monsters, magic and folklore, which is rather fun. Although it isn't exactly a complete map of every cryptid or other mysterious manifestation on the planet, it does show some of the fascinating myths and monsters around the globe. You can use it to virtually explore magical places to hunt for ghosts, spot fantastic beasts and discover urban legends.

Obviously has timed this for Halloween and the forthcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but I'm sure anyone who reads my blog would be interested in this kind of thing anyway.

Holiday Cottages says nowadays a simple beach break doesn’t always cut it for a vacation. More people are seeking to bring some magic and quirkiness to trips away. It created the new interactive map to inspire adventures, showing famous legends from a variety of locations in the UK and abroad. Pop-ups detail places to go on a ghost hunt or swim in a mermaid cove, for example. The map includes the supernatural, the unexplained, traditional folktales and creatures long believed extinct.

Here are three of the destinations worth checking out to make a holiday a touch more fantastic:

1. Spot the Cat Sìth in Scotland. This massive cat is believed to steal the souls of the dead before the Gods can take them and stalks Highland graveyards looking for his victims. The mysterious moggy is also known for cursing the livestock of villagers who don’t leave him tributes outside their door.

2. Search for the Huldufolk in Denmark. A community of elves held responsible for landslides, death and droughts when they’re feeling mischievous. However, catch them on a good day and they bless farmers with good weather and a fruitful harvest

3. Roam the streets navigated by pirates in Cornwall and splash in waves where mermaids hide. As the stunning Cornish coast was a hotbed for smugglers until the end of the 18th century, you’ll hear all manner of brilliant tales in the county’s pubs. Mermaids have been spotted in the choppy waves off the rugged coastline for centuries, calling sailors to their watery doom. has gathered information on the legends and myths in each area and shared some great ideas on what to do in order to make the best of its unique heritage.

James Starkey, marketing director at, says: “Booking a cottage somewhere steeped in fascinating folklore brings a magical charm to your holiday plans.

"The UK alone has some spectacular locations, and if you set your mind to discovering a rarely-spotted monster or braving a haunted cemetery, you’ll set your break apart and make memories you can’t wait to amaze your friends with. Embracing a region’s myths and legends gives an important insight into its people and traditions that no normal holiday resort can provide.”

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