Loch Tay White Bird
‘A strange fragment, still recounted in Breadalbain, concerning a ferryman, who lived on the north side of Loch Tay, and who one evening heard a shrill whistle as of someone wanting to cross the loch from the opposite shore. He immediately made for his boat and rowed over toward the usual ferrying-place on the south side. However, on his arriving there, not a soul did he find. But, as he rested for a moment, an ungainly object, resembling a large sack of wool, came rolling down the brae, and toppled into his boat. Too terrified to examine the nature of his cargo, he proceeded to row home again. Immediately the boat touched the north shore, the ungainly cargo assumed the form of a huge, white bird, which, with a great screeching and flapping of wings, soared away to the burying-place of Lawers.
Only a day or two after this, the ferryman found himself conveying across Loch Tay from the south side the corpse of a young woman who died suddenly, and who was interred duly in the old burying-place of Lawers.’
[‘The Peat-fire Flame’ (1937), Alasdair Alpin MacGregor]