Story credit to Eileen Budd and The Druid’s Cauldron on Instagram
In the middle of a loch, there is an island and in the middle of that island is a Rowan Tree. This tree is very special because the berries are magical, they can heal all wounds and cure all diseases. Lots of people have tried to steal those berries, but wrapped around that rowan tree there is a dragon. One night, when the moon was full, a young man called Angus, came to collect some berries. His mother was very ill and all other cures had failed. He dived into the icy water of the loch and when he got to the other side his feet crunched on the gravel, and the dragon awoke. Angus begged for his life and the life of his mother. The dragon agreed to let Angus have the berries on one condition, that in one year’s time he returned to the tree and guard it for eternity. Angus was only thinking of getting home to heal his mother so he agreed, and the berries worked, she got better and Angus forgot about his promise. Then a year later, when the moon was full, he felt his body being dragged over the hills and woods, and he found himself at the bottom of the Rowan Tree. There was no sign of the dragon, but Angus felt his own body twist and grow and become scaly. He saw his hands and feet grow talons and he sprouted a huge tail, which wrapped itself around the trunk of the Rowan Tree. His head became heavy with fangs and a plume of smoke escaped his nostrils. He heard a voice say “Thank you.” and he looked up to see a very old man slip into the icy water of the loch and disappear.