Most Outlander Fans come to Inverness wanting to visit the real Craigh na Dun only to\n fi\nnd out that there is no such place but there is a standing stone circle that happens to be only five minutes drive from Culloden Battlefield called Clava Cairns and it is a wonderful place to visit. Diana only visited Clava Cairns for the first time after she had written the the first Outlander book and was surprised that it happened to have a cleft stone in it. She used this stone on the back cover of the First Outlandish Companion and we used it in our Inverness Outlander Logo.Outlandish Companion. Volume 1, U.S. /Canadian publication (Thanks Leslie Ann for the photo )But as Diana herself told us that she was sure Claire would have mentioned the three big cairns that were there if Clava Cairns was Craigh Na Dun. Clava Cairns is a very special place and because of it’s proximity to Culloden it has been very busy with Outlander Fans visiting.On the Winter Solstice 2019 we got to watch Clava Cairns doing what it was built for . It was wonderful to see the sun shine its light at the back wall of the Cairn this would of been even more spectacular when the roof was on the cairn.
”Above the Inverness District Asylum, and immediately below the ascent to Craig Dunain, is “Fuaran a Chragain Bhric,” or the Well of the Spotted Rock. This was in former times a place of great resort, the waters, among other healing virtues, being supposed to be strongly diuretic. The bushes around were adorned with rags and threads; while pebbles, pins, and shells might be observed in the bottom of the spring. We have seen one juniper bush close by so loaded with rags and threads as to be hardly distinguishable. This was also a fairy well, and if a poor mother had a puny, weak child, which she supposed had been left by the fairies in place of her own, by exposing it here at night, and leaving some small offering, as a dish of milk, to propitiate the king of fairyland, the bantling would be carried off, and in the morning she would find her own, and restored in health.
-Alex Fraser, Northern Folklore on Wells and Water, p. 17.
The hollow stone lies on the summit on the ridge of Leachkin above the Mental Hospital. The stone is flat and hollow in the centre [and] resembles in size and shape a child’s coffin. The greater part remains but the foot is broken or weathered away. At one end it used to be hooded over like a cradle and was known variously as Cradle-stone and Clach-na-shia (Fairies’ stone).”
To get to the Fairy/Healing Well, head back onto the great glen way past the reservoir at the right time of year keep your eyes out for blue dragonflys in this area.Just past the reservoir there is a gate go through the gate .The well is located just the other side of the gate , slightly hidden just under a Rowan tree to the right.Just to the right of this pathUPDATE April 2020The Fairy/Healing Well has been cleared and cleaned up it is now much easier to find and much more impressive.We asked Diana on Twitter if she’d ever been to these stones. She replied