Highland - Paranormal Database Records

King Duncan

Location: Inverness - Area outside Inverness Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: King Duncan's ghost is said to walk outside this castle, along the banks of the River Ness.

The Bishop's Wife

Location: Inverness - Eden Court Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Wife last seen 1980s, child in the early 20 century, other in 2002
Further Comments: Committing suicide on the site in the late nineteenth century, before the theatre was built, the ghostly figure has since developed a green, post mortem hue. The gardens are also haunted, by a little girl seen early in the twentieth century. More recently, an usher reported being yanked backwards by her shirt collar, even though she was alone.

Hot Water

Location: Inverness - Skies over town
Type: Other
Date / Time: 30 June 1819
Further Comments: After a small earthquake, hot water briefly rained down upon the town.

Orange Lights

Location: Inverness - Skies over area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 06 January 2008
Further Comments: A witness photographs six strange orange lights as they passed over the town at night.


Location: Island of Canna - Coroghon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Isolated and ruined, the area is still home to a phantom female prisoner, once held in the castle by the laird.

Figure in Wide Brimmed Hat

Location: Isle of Eigg - Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: Two people walking up the hill spotted a figure behind them. The figure was taking long strides, and wearing dark clothing with a wide brimmed hat, not unlike puritan style, but bowl shaped. As the two people reached the top of the hill, they looked back and the figure had gone - it was impossible to leave the road due to a gully either side.

Great Auk Returns

Location: Isle of Skye - Not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: Years after shooting a mystery water bird, a hunter said the creature may have been a Great Auk. If correct, this is certainly the last sighting of a Great Auk, decades after it was declared extinct.

Rotating Light

Location: Isle of Skye - Loch Brittle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1910s
Further Comments: This creature, which sounds very much like some kind of submarine, possessed a long 'neck' that had a shining light from the top, which turned from side to side.

Black Eagle

Location: Isle of Skye - Exact area not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Scottish chronicler Martin Martin wrote about a black eagle that hunted deer. The eagle was not the biggest bird, but would bring deer down by grasping their antlers and flapping its wings in front of its prey's eyes. The confused deer would then injure itself, allowing the eagle to feast on the prone animal.

Cro Sith

Location: Isle of Skye - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An attempt to round up Cro sith, fairy cows that normally live under the sea, a farmer was found dead after a fairy herdsman turned up and reclaimed his cattle, leaving only the trampled body of the farmer behind.


Location: Isle of Skye - Road, but exact area not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Passing through the area in a car, the driver and other occupants spotted the headlights of another vehicle approaching them. They pulled into a layby to let the oncoming vehicle pass, but nothing came. They were in a remote area with no turning which the other vehicle could have taken.

Heavy Breather

Location: Isle of Soay, Skye - Sea around the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 13 September 1959
Further Comments: While fishing off the coast of the island, two fishermen reported coming across a large reptilian creature, the size of a cow, though it appeared much larger beneath the water level. The witnesses were so close they could quite clearly hear the creature breathing.


Location: Isle of Trodda - Exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1770s
Further Comments: The Gruagash, a female ghost or brownie, would be fed a small amount of milk left in a hollowed rock to ensure her anger was not incensed. The Gruagash was said to be armed with a reed which she used to hit people while filling the air with verbal obscenities.

Two Headed Dog

Location: Kildonan - Unknown pool
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pool in the area is said to contain treasure, though unfortunately it is guarded by a large hound with two heads.

Magic Bell

Location: Kincraig - Church of Insh
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This bell possesses healing properties, and would travel (flying self-propelled!) across the country when needed.

Chess Game

Location: Kingussie - Ruthven Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once the home of the infamous 'Wolf of Badenoch' who reigned hardship and terror on the locals, it is said the laird played chess with the Devil and lost. Now the match is replayed for evermore.


Location: Kinlochbervie - Craigmore
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A report exists of a mer-creature being seen here.


Location: Kinlochbervie - Sandwood Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1953
Further Comments: Leaving no footprints as he crosses the sand, this bearded sailor is one of the many who lost their lives in the sea nearby. He is particularly noted for the large brass buttons on his jacket. A red-headed mermaid has also been reported in the area.

Long Necked Creature

Location: Kyle of Lochalsh - Water separating Skye to mainland
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1893
Further Comments: A married couple in their yacht encountered a serpent with a neck as tall as their boat's mast. It moved towards them, but slowly sunk beneath the water before it came too close.

Fairy Music

Location: Kyle of Lochalsh - Clann Mhic Crumein
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The finest music in all of Scottish fairydom can be heard here.

Spanish Mercenary

Location: Kyle of Lochalsh - Eilean Donan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by an artillery bombardment, this Spanish soldier of fortune carries under his arm his head that was blown off by cannonball.

The Black Train

Location: Kyle of Lochalsh - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals say that the construction of the railway upset the natural balance; now a black train which spits flames uses the track at night, disappearing into nearby hills.


Location: Kylesku - Kylesku Ferry Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Last seen mid twentieth century, but reoccurs once a year (exact date unknown)
Further Comments: The ghost of this man, killed during a fight with his own son, appears once a year and stands at the base of the ladder from which he was pushed.

Thomas MacKay

Location: Lairg - Manse (no longer standing) and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Since dying in 1803, the Reverend Thomas MacKay has been seen in the area where he once lived.

Glowing Light

Location: Latheronwheel - High vantage point overlooking village
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: A strange light that loitered along the coast was thought by locals to be a warning to a shipping disaster that happened off the coast the following day.

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