Highland - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Loch Glass (was known as Loch Glaish) - Waters
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1730
Further Comments: This loch was named as another home for those pesky water horses.

Black Creature

Location: Loch Hourn - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1934
Further Comments: Four witnesses observed a ninety-six foot (twenty-nine metre) long black beast swimming in the loch, its body forming humps as it moved.

Horned Creature

Location: Loch Linnhe - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A witness said that she had seen a creature with a long neck swimming in the loch. It had a long, dark brown neck, small black eyes, and stubby rounded horns.

Large Cat

Location: Loch Lochy - A82
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 05 April 2016
Further Comments: A driver and passenger spotted a puma cross the road and jump into hedgerow as they travelled south.

Water Beast

Location: Loch Lochy - Corriegour Lodge Hotel, Fort William
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: September 1996
Further Comments: Seen by staff and residents of the hotel, this three humped creature swam on the surface of the loch. Reports of a monster here date back to 1930 and before.

Water Horse

Location: Loch Lurgainn - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This loch is another traditional haunt of the mythical water horse.

Wish Tree

Location: Loch Maree - Oak tree on St Maol Rubha (aka St Maree)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Famously visited by Queen Victoria in 1877, the bark of the wishing tree is covered in coins and other pieces of metal which have been hammered in. The tree is now dead, apparently caused by copper poisoning. The removal of any of the metal was said to result in misfortune.

Upside Down Boat

Location: Loch Maree - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature possessed a hump very similar to that of a rowing boat turned upside down. A local man gained some notoriety when he tried (unsuccessfully) to drain the loch in an attempt to find the beast. Until around the 1750s, bulls were sacrificed on 25 August to appease the water monster. The water of the loch was said to cure 'lunacy', but nothing could ever be taken from the area in case the illness returned.


Location: Loch Meiklie - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This loch has been named as another traditional haunt of water horses.

Healing Waters

Location: Loch Monar - Waters of the loch
Type: Legend
Date / Time: First Mondays of February, May, August and November
Further Comments: If entered on certain days of the year, the waters of this Loch would heal the sick on the proviso that the Loch was entered three times at midnight and the water then sipped, before a coin was thrown in. The sick would then have to leave the site before the sun came up.


Location: Loch Morar - Water of Loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: Home of yet another Scotland lake monster, a close up eye witness described the creature to be 10 meters in length, with brown skin. Three humps broke the water, as did a snake-like head. Two fishermen reportedly had a fight with it in 1969 - one hit it with an oar, while the other let off a couple of rounds with a rifle.

Red Hand

Location: Loch Morlich - Shores of the loch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A giant warrior, Red Hand reportedly walks along the shoreline.

Isolated Cottage

Location: Loch Mullardoch - Waterline
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This cottage vanished into thin air before the witnesses could reach it - apparently the small building stood on the water's edge at the start of the twentieth century, but was submerged and lost forever as the loch's water level rose.

Monster Killer

Location: Loch na Mna, Isle of Raasay - Shore of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre 1770s
Further Comments: A local man lost his daughter to the water horse that resided in this lake. In revenge, he roasted a pig by the loch, waited for the beast to take the bait, and killed it.

Drowned Woman and Stone

Location: Loch Na Naire - Waters of the loch
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Between midnight and 01:00h, on both Lammas Day (01 August) and May Day (01 May)
Further Comments: A local wise woman who possessed a magical healing stone refused to give it to a local lord. He chased her into the loch where she drowned - the stone sank and surrendered its power to the surrounding water.

A Vain Search

Location: Loch nan Dubhrachan, Isle of Skye - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1870
Further Comments: Laird MacDonald of Sleat is said to have dragged the loch in 1870, failing to locate the kelpie which he believed lived here.

World Famous Monster

Location: Loch Ness - Water and surrounding banks
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Varies
Further Comments: A creature that needs no introduction, the monster here varies in size and shape, and with countless books and websites dedicated to proving and disproving its existence, this author can offer no more information on the recent incarnation of Nessie. A nineteenth century account says that the loch was the home of a demonic horse. The saddled creature would wait by the roadside, and if mounted, would drag the rider into the water and drown them.

Child Killer

Location: Loch Oich - The Children's Pool, and general area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local legend states that an apparently peaceful creature here once let a child climb upon its back - having done so, the monster dived to the bottom of the water, and the child was never seen again. A serpent like beast was seen in the waters during the twentieth century.

Dark Water Horse

Location: Loch Pityoulish - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature would wait until a bather submerged their head, before moving in to drown them. It was particularly fond of children, and in one attack managed to drown nine simultaneously.

Water Beast

Location: Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen as it moved towards a small boat, the crew reported that the tail of this creature thrashed about above the water, while the rest of the body remained submerged.

Three Humped Monster

Location: Loch Shiel - Waters and land around the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1880s onwards
Further Comments: With a sail running along its back, this serpentine 'Seileag' has even once been seen on land. A sailor, while transporting two old ladies across the water on an old boat, paused to take a pot-shot at it with a rifle he had at hand. In 1926 the creature was seen emerging from the water at Sandy Point.

Water Horse

Location: Loch Shin - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature was friendlier than many of the other Scottish water horses, and assisted in the construction of a local church. It may have been yellow in colour.

Lamb for Dinner

Location: Loch Suiadabhal, Isle of Skye - Waters of the loch
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is believed that the local people once threw lambs into the waters of the loch to prevent a monster from coming ashore. No recent sightings of the creature exist.


Location: Loch Treig - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1933
Further Comments: During the construction of the Laggan dam, some divers requested transfers after encountering something under the water. One legend says that the water horses at Treig were the fiercest in the world, and would tear anyone who strayed too close into a thousand pieces.

Killer of Dogs

Location: Loch Watton - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1923
Further Comments: Witness Colonel Trimble claimed to have watched his dog be eaten by a creature with a long neck.

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