Nessie famously stalks Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The Scottish Highlands remain a hugely popular destination, with travellers from around the world coming for a spot of Inverness sightseeing in search of the beast.
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Bella and Edward may live in Washington State but the OG vampires came from Transilvania of course.
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Bigfoot is the original hipster of the mythical world. Who knew. Bigfoot has been regularly sighted across North America for the last 200 years, although the oldest account of the creature dates all the way back to 986 AD.
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The Yeti comes from the snowy depths of the Himalayas. Stories of the yeti are so entrenched in Himalayan folklore that real scientific research has been commissioned time and time again to discover the truth behind the ‘man-bear’.
Unicorns have played a central part in Chinese mythology since the first references were made to a creature called the 'qilin' in the 5th century BC.
In Greek Mythology, the golden-feathered phoenix was so bright it was said to shine with pure sunlight, and its blue-, green- and purple-feathered tail was so dazzling it would transfix its admirers. Same, tbh.
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Southern Africa’s Impundulu, also known as the “lightning bird” as it’s thought to trigger storms, is a fascinating mythological creature which stems from the folklore of the Zulu people among others
The trail of the mythical Bunyip (water monster) goes back to Aboriginal origins in the south-eastern territory of Victoria.
The Kappa, translated as “river child” or “water sprite”, doesn’t always look exactly the same. However, if you encounter a reptilian creature about the size of a large monkey, which has humanoid arms, walks upright and is green or bluish in colour, you’ve probably run into a Kappa.
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The tales of the Skin-Walker are founded on the stories of the indigenous Navajo population which has lived along the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers for centuries
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Located at the convergence of the Solimões and Negro Rivers as they meet to form the mighty Amazon, the city of Manaus in north-western Brazil is the natural starting point for myth lovers on the trail of the Yacumama or “Mother of the Water”, a legendary giant snake.
Reportedly sporting the body of a crocodile, the head of a three-horned horse and the neck of a giraffe, the Ninki-Nanka dwells in the astonishing scenery of the wet, swampy and forested land of the Gambia river.
The main metropolis of Chile’s southernmost tip, Punta Arenas (“Sandy Point”) is the perfect base from which to begin your search for the elusive Ningen – humanoid sea creatures – said to inhabit the waters of the Antarctic.
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New South Wales!
Some people claim that the drop bear is a tall tale created to scare gullible tourists who visit Australia. But with some truly fearsome creatures already in existence in the bush, outback and deserts of Australia, is a man-eating, tree-dwelling bear really so unbelievable?
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