On the northern shore of Perthshire’s Loch Tay in Scotland sit the ruins of Lawers, a former farming village dating back to the 1600s. The beautiful site, recently put up for sale for $130,000, includes the ruins of a mill, church, kiln, homes and other relics.
“An opportunity such as this to acquire part of Scotland’s historical heritage in what many believe to be the most beautiful part of the country arises very rarely," realtor Jon Lambert told the Courier. “The word ‘unique’ is overused, but there can be very few times when it is so appropriate as with this chance to be the owner and custodian of an area so rich in history, romance and tradition.”
Of course, there are a few catches to consider before you decide to bring your "Outlander" dreams to life. For one, the entire site is subject to a conservation agreement with the National Trust for Scotland. Further, the buildings at both ends of the acreage are Scheduled Ancient Monuments under the control of Historic Environment Scotland. Add it all up, and you'll have trouble getting permission to build anything more than a "recreation hut" on the land.
The other catch — at least for those who believe in the supernatural — is that the site is supposedly haunted by a 17th-century Scottish soothsayer. Called the Lady of Lawers, she is remembered for making a number of prophecies about disasters on the Loch that reportedly came true. She is also said to have predicted the coming of the railway, steam boat and other future changes.
In one haunting tale, the Lady of Lawers cursed an ash tree growing near the now-ruined church, proclaiming that "evil would come" to anyone who harmed it. She was later buried next to it, seemingly adding an exclamation point to her warning. In 1895, a farmer by the name of John Campbell took an axe to the tree and paid the consequences.
"Shortly afterwards he was gored to death by his own Highland bull and his neighbor who had assisted him went mad and was removed to an asylum," reads the Lady's detailed Wikipedia page. "Even the horse that dragged the tree away inexplicably fell down dead."
To this day, a female specter is said to haunt the ruins of Lawers with many believing it be none other than the Lady of Lawers.
Hauntings aside, those looking for a beautiful stretch of pristine Scottish wilderness may want to investigate this listing in more detail. As the local residents will warn, just stay clear of chopping down any ash trees.
You can see more of the village of Lawers and hear about its legends in what appears to be a decades-old documentary on the site below: