An annotation from Topographical Notices of Scotland
by Timothy Pont
the beginning of August, the people of the cowntrey wer a building a
bridge upon the river Airkaig, at the end of the work they report they
saw ane infinit number of adders swymming upon the water, a litle above
the bridge, leaping theron, wherof many landing creepd away throch the
grass and hather, to the terrowr of the beholders.
This annotation, dated 1620, was added to Pont's topographical
notices after its initial completion. Also see the original
excerpt from this same work, relating to Lochaber and the Clan
Cameron, circa 1610.
This strange story
seems to either point toward a group of otters or some sort of
eels (depending on how the word "adder" is translated)
which resided in the River Arkaig near Achnacarry. It is
doubtful that this tale relates to the legendary Loch