Argyll and Bute - Paranormal Database Records


City Gent

Location: A83 - Past the A815 junction, heading towards ferry
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s, 04:30h
Further Comments: Two people travelling to the ferry in the early hours of the morning drove past a man walking along the isolated road. He wore a dark woollen coat with a bowler hat, and carried an umbrella and a briefcase. The night sky was pitch black, and the man did not have a light source. The witnesses remained curious about the figure for years afterwards, as he was so out of place, and later found out the area was haunted by a figure dressed in similar clothing, woefully inadequate for the environment he walks.


Mr Stewart

Location: Appin - Invercreran House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s?
Further Comments: Stewart was murdered by the two brothers who once owned the house after they were tricked into selling their property. Sounds of a body being dragged down the staircase have been reported, in addition to the phantom footsteps and the slamming of doors.


Death Prediction

Location: Ardura, Mull - Area around Lochbuie House
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1909
Further Comments: The black dog around this area would warn of impending death. In 1909, Dr MacDonald spotted the dog while treating chief Murdoch Gillian MacLaine - his patient died soon after.



Location: Balmaneach, Island of Mull - MacKinnon's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cave is named after a piper who travelled into its depths to see how far underground he could go - he bumped into a female ogre who killed him after he failed to please her with a tune from his pipes.


Humanoid Beast

Location: Balvaig - Area in and around sea, and Grador Rock
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Incredibly ugly to look at, this monster would sit for many hours on the rock. One man went too close, and he was later found with his flesh clawed off.



Location: Barcaldine - Ardchattan Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried alive under the floor of the building, this nun has been seen drifting around the priory.


Donald Campbell

Location: Barcaldine - Barcaldine Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The same figure that briefly appeared post mortem at Inverawe House, Donald's shade is said to be full of loathing and hate. A blue lady is said to appear and listen to any music played on site.


Bowler Hat Man

Location: Ben Ime - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mountain is haunted by an old man in a bowler hat. A gold watch chain can be seen crossing his waistcoat, and he carries a parcel under one arm.


Colin Campbell

Location: Benderloch - Glendhu Burn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This angry shade, covered in mud and carrying a dirk, is thought to be a famous murder victim.


Goat Man

Location: Bridge of Orchy - Ben Doran
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Urisk was banished to the mountain by a saint, and has remained here since.


Former Owner

Location: Campbeltown - Glen Scotia Scotch Whisky Distillery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This distillery is reputed to be haunted by a former owner.


Shorted Armed Mermaid

Location: Campbeltown - Kintyre Peninsula
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 18 October 1811
Further Comments: Watched by a farmer for two hours, this mermaid had a pale upper body and a red/grey tail covered in hair. Its face was human, with deep-set eyes and short neck. The creature combed the hair on its head with what looked like short, stubby arms before diving into the water and washing its torso.


Long Necked Creature

Location: Campbeltown Loch - Kilkerran Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1934
Further Comments: Two local men reported this creature after watching it splashing around in the waters. They described it as having the head and neck of a giraffe, and although the body remained submerged, a dorsal fin could be seen.


Grey Old Man

Location: Craighouse - Craighouse Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen peering out of the ruins, this grey haired old man was thought to have been involved in the building of the castle.


Giraffe's Neck

Location: Firth of Clyde - Cumbrae Islands - waters off Great Cumbrae
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1911
Further Comments: A partly submerged creature with a neck not dissimilar to that of a giraffe, though it had the head of a camel, was seen in the waters by several fishermen.



Location: Ford - Killinever Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Over the entrance of the chapel, the imprint of a hand can be seen. This was made by the resident ghost as it tried to grab a tailor who spent the night in the building, the latter character trying (vainly) to disprove the existence of spooks.


Charging Beast

Location: Gare Loch - Mouth of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Two fishermen out collecting lobster pots reported seeing an unidentified creature which rose thirty feet out of the water and charged towards them. They quickly rowed ashore. A sixteenth century text states that a water horse the size of a greyhound emerged and killed three people.


Great Beast

Location: Garloch - Shores of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre 1527
Further Comments: A hunting party was attacked by a monster on the shores of the loch. The beast knocked down trees, and killed three men with as many swipes of its tail; the remainder of the group survived by running away or climbing the trees.



Location: Glen Lyon - Inbhirinneoin (Burn)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Evidence that shows this part fairy, part human hybrid still to be in the area occasionally turns up. A barrow known locally as the 'Mound of the Dead' is thought to be an entrance to Hell.



Location: Glencoe - Ben Vair (aka Ben Vehir), in a mountain to the south of the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A beithir is an unknown savage animal, sometimes thought to be a serpent or dragon. One such creature was said to have made its home in the mountainous region.


Clan MacDonald

Location: Glencoe - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 February (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Murdered in cold blood by the clan Campbell, these 38 MacDonald family members return to the scene of the crime.


Long Creature

Location: Helensburgh - Eastern part of the beach, mouth of the Clyde
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1962
Further Comments: Seen as it crossed the beach and vanished into the sea, the creature was said to have a head around a metre in length, and left large footprints in the sand. A strong unpleasant smell also remained in the air, and the witness's dog was in an 'upset' state after the sighting.


Hound Eater

Location: Hynish, Tiree - General area
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Renown for its dislike of canines (it is blamed for tearing apart stray local hounds), this human-wolf hybrid has been seen during both day and night.


English Soldiers

Location: Inveraray - A819 north of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in red coats, a squad of English troops match in formation along this road. This may relate to a sighting of a phantom army seen in the mid eighteenth century by two local men - the field where this sighting occurred is now urbanised.



Location: Inveraray - Skies around Inveraray Castle
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 July 1758
Further Comments: A total of five witnesses in two different places watched a battle over the skies of the castle, between the Highlander regiment and garrisoned French troops. This mirrored real events in America, where 300 Highlanders were killed assaulting a fort.

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