Scottish Banshees: The Baobhan Sith Vampire

Scottish Banshees: The Baobhan Sith Vampire

In this article we will be taking a look at the legendary Baobhan Sith Vampire, pronounced ‘baa’van see’.

These mystical creatures took the form of stunning young ladies and are also known as the White Women of the Scottish Highlands.


The Scottish Banshees 

The Baobhan Sith are thought to be related to the fairy family in Scotland – but they are not the friendliest version of this cryptid!

Legend has it that normal fairies enjoy the sun’s rays, and are often seen playing about in the Highlands – the Sith were generally withdrawn from society, with no interest in power…they only wanted to feed.


Vampires

More traditional vampires are known for drawing blood from their victims with their teeth – this is not the case with the Baobhan Sith.

Instead, they use long claw-like fingernails to pierce the flesh and then use their blunted mouth to drink out the blood.

They were known to be settled around the forest and mountain areas of Scotland – their hunting ground!

They would be attracted to the kills that Scottish Highland huntsmen were leaving. They would then lure these hunters into the dark corners of the landscape with their beauty.

Vampires

They are described as having hooves instead of feet – but these grotesque features are always hidden below their beautiful white dresses.

They are able to transform into animal form, but not a bat, like traditional vampires. Instead they opt to morph into wolf form.

There are no male versions of the Baobhan Sith, only female. If they feed off a female human she will eventually turn into a Sith herself. 

Legend has it that the hunters only had two weapons which worked against the Scottish vampire – they were terrified of horses and they could be killed off with weapons made out of iron.


The Young Hunters

The most common tale involving the Baobhan Sith centers around a group of young hunters who holed up for the night in a forest lodge. 

They got the fire going and sat around drinking whiskey – there was only one thing missing…

They all agreed that a few females would be the icing on the cake.

Without warning – there was a knock on the door!

They opened the lodge door to find four beautiful women who claimed to have got lost in the night, and were looking for shelter.

The Young Hunters

The men welcomed the women into the lodge and offered them food and drink. Before long, they were all merrily dancing around the lodge (a little drunk!).

The women moved in for the kill, slitting the throats of three of the hunters – one managed to escape with his life. He ran outside and stood next to the tethered horses – the Sith would not go near them!

He stood there, in the middle of the horses, all night long. When morning broke, the Baobhan Sith wandered back into the forest. 

The hunter re-entered the lodge to find his mates completely drained of blood, lying on the floor, with translucent skin.


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