Seileag : Freshwater Monster of Scotland.


From the Gaelic an t-Seileag, a feminine diminutive derived from the name of the loch.

Variant name:


Physical description:

Long neck. Three to seven humps on its back.


Loch Shiel, Highland.

Significant sightings:

A groundskeeper and another man watched a beast with three humps through a telescope in 1911.

In 1926, Ronald MacLeod watched an animal coming out of the loch at Sandy Point. was bigger than the local mail steamer, had a long neck, and sported seven “sails” on its back.

On June 9, 1998, an odd disturbance in the water made by a submerged object was seen from Glenfinnan House Hotel.


  • Constance Whyte, More Than a Legend (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1957), pp. 128–129, 210–212;
  • Joseph W. Zarzynski, “‘Seileag’: The Unknown Animal(s) of Loch Shiel, Scotland,” Cryptozoology 3 (1984): 50–54;
  • Mark Chorvinsky, “The ‘G. B. Gordon’ Shiela Photograph,” Strange Magazine, no. 8 (Fall 1991): 12,49;
  • GUST Zoology, accessed in 2000,



Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

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