The Devil's rocks
Admire the power of the river Ellé, one of the wildest rivers of Brittany, the tranquillity of the forest and the Roches du Diable’s granitic frenzy. Encompensing the towns of Querrien, Locunolé and Guilligomarc' h, this natural site is ideal for lovers of outdoors sports activities !
On the agenda: climbing, excursions, river fishing and canoe-kayak. In winter, the impetuous river Ellé hosts some impressive national and international kayak competitions!
In Brittany many sites have an associated legend. Enjoy their visit whilst soaking up their mythical atmosphere and read about their legend !
The Roches du Diable’s legend (the legend of the Devil’s Rocks)
Saint-Guénolé, who had come to evangelize the area, was seduced by this wild and unspoilt place where the stones resembled objects and decided to settle there. Unfortunately, unbeknown to him this place and its strange rocks was already the property of the Devil !
A fight ensued between Saint-Guénolé and the Devil who was defeated and had to hide on the other side of the river Ellé. After this fight, in order for Saint-Guénolé to continue preaching God’s work a bridge needed to be built for him to cross the river. He made a deal with the Devil and agreed that the first soul to cross that bridge would become the keeper of Hell.
The Saint then sent a squirrel or a cat, depending on the version, across the bridge. The Devil, as in many Breton legends, was made a fool. He was so vexed by the trick Saint-Guénolé played on him that he went deeper into the river Ellé and created an immense abyss.
According to the legend, the Devil did not take his treasure with him. For some, the treasure has remained in the abyss and for others it is still hidden in the forest, protected by a black sow and its piglets.