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The Muc-sheilch or Muc-sheilche (pronounced Mook Helluch) is a loch monster reported to live in Loch Maree, and its neighbouring lochs.


Etymology

Loch-na-Bèiste is Scottish Gaelic for loch of the beast, beast often being used for a loch monster in Ireland especially. Seilch would appear to be cognate with selkie; muc generally means a pig, but is also applied to whales as muc-mhara..


Expeditions

Mr Banks of Letterewe tried at great expense to drain Loch-na-Bèiste near Aultbea, in the 1850s, but failed. He also tried to poison it with quicklime.

Theories

It has been suggested that Muc-sheilch may be a large eel.