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.

Big Angus

Location: Inverness - Castle Stuart
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 July 2002
Further Comments: A couple staying in the castle were woken up at night by their wardrobe door which open and closed by itself several times while the small lights attached to the bed rattled and shook. The castle is reportedly haunted by Big Angus, who was found dead in the courtyard - it is not known whether he jumped or was pushed from the high tower window overlooking the yard.

Foundry Worker

Location: Inverness - Eastgate Mall, Laura Ashley shop and Pizza Express restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Blown light bulbs and fuses are all blamed on the shade of a former worker on the site, as are the movements of the doors when they open and close unaided.

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.

First Nessie Sighting

Location: Inverness - River Ness
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: AD 580
Further Comments: Contrary to popular belief, it was in the River Ness and not Loch Ness that St Columba drove away a water monster which had attacked and killed a local man. When told about the attack, the Saint asked one of his followers to swim across the river to fetch a boat on the opposite bank. As the creature surfaced to eat its latest victim, St Columba made the sign of the cross and the creature fled.

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.

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.

The Devil's Bed

Location: Inverness - Steadings Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Jan 2005
Further Comments: A hotel bed which belonged to Aleister Crowley was purchased by the owner of this hotel; the room where it stands is reputedly much colder than anywhere else in the building, and a couple of times people have reported waking up because they felt the bed moving and shaking.

Fiddler in a Timeslip

Location: Inverness - Tomnahurich Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story told here is of a fiddler who fell asleep on the hill. He awoke in fairyland where he had to play for the queen. After several hours he was allowed to leave and was returned to an area near the River Ness. The fiddler soon discovered that one hundred years had past since entering the fairy kingdom.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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. A man who managed to drain the pool of all its contents was visited by the hound, resulting in him reversing his actions and replacing the water.

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 (or 1900?)
Further Comments: A report exists of a seven foot long mer-creature being seen here, bathing on the rocks.


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 and for shouting 'All on this beach is mine!' at some visitors during the 1940s. A red-headed mermaid has also been reported in the area.


Location: Kinlochbervie - Sandwood Loch Cottage (now ruined)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to falling into disarray
Further Comments: Tourists staying in this cottage were said to have been awaken as the building shook due to a stampede of phantom horses. Footsteps have also been heard outside, and the face of a quickly vanishing sailor observed looking in through windows.

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.

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