Orkney Islands - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Nuckelavee

Location: All over isles - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hybrid, sea living creature, the Nuckelavee was described as having the features of both a mighty horse and its rider. The rider was legless and appeared to grow straight out of the horse’s back. Its head was ten times the size of a normal human head, and possessed a very wide mouth that jutted out like a pig’s snout and a single red eye that blazed with flame. It was both hairless and skinless. Nuckelavee's breath was toxic and it was responsible for the ‘Mortasheen’, a fatal disease of cattle.


 
 


Mermaids

Location: Deerness - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: These women of the water were seen dozens of times during the last twenty years of the nineteenth century.


 
 


Vanishing Twitchers

Location: Eynhallow - Exact location unknown
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 14 July 1990
Further Comments: Two birdwatchers that vanished without trace on the island after arriving with 86 other people were thought by locals to have been taken by merfolk. An extensive search by the coastguard could find no trace of the missing people.


 
 


Bleeding Ears

Location: Eynhallow - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Another local legend says that the ears of corn which grow here bleed if cut after dusk.


 
 


White Horse of Clumly

Location: Hestwall - Clumly Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Both horse and rider were killed in an accident as they galloped back home, the rider having just disposed of a body. Now the pair only appear when the environment is right.


 
 


Scapasaurus

Location: Holm - Deepdale
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: December 1941
Further Comments: The rotting corpse of a basking shark that washed up on the beach was mistaken as a Scapasaurus or sea monster, killed by depth charges.


 
 


Angry Little Men

Location: Hoy - Cliff top at Torness
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: Seen by a witness throwing themselves off the cliff edge in a mad dance, the witness said that these small men looked 'primitive', with long dark hair.


 
 


Disappearing Collie

Location: Hoy - Former lodge of Melsetter House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: This phantom dog slowly disappeared as it approached the witness down a corridor in their holiday home.


 
 


Water Horse

Location: Hoy - Pegal Burn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature would attack anyone using the bridge over the burn at night.


 
 


Water Horse

Location: Hoy - Runsigill Hill, Radwick
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water horse that lived on the hill would attack people travelling along the road to Longhope.


 
 


Soft Landing

Location: Hoy - Scapa Flow
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Attack in 1850s, diver sighting unknown
Further Comments: A young lad sitting on the rocks claimed he was attacked by a sea monster with a horse's mane - it tried (unsuccessfully) to clamp its teeth around his legs. Many years later, a diver reported descending to investigate a sunken German ship, only to realise he was standing on the back of a large sea monster that had made its home in the wreak.


 
 


Dead Creature

Location: Isle of Hunda - Hope of Hunda
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1942
Further Comments: The remains of a creature some 8.5 metres long were originally named as being that of a Scapasaurus, although later revealed to be a carcass of a basking shark.


 
 


Hybrid

Location: Isle of Sanday - Exact area not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Folklorist Walter Traill Dennison recorded in 1893 that there were decedents of a union between a male selkie and a woman living on the island - you could tell who they were because they had webbed hands and feet.


 
 


Island Covered in Buildings

Location: Isle of Sanday - Off coast of island, in sky
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840, 1857
Further Comments: This island, covered in fantastic white buildings, has appeared twice in the sky just off the coast. On one instance it remained viable for most of the day. Some people believe it to be the Fairy Isle, while others say it was a mirage of a part of Norway.


 
 


Not a Seal

Location: Kirkwall - Inganess Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1904 / 1905
Further Comments: Two children out picking whelks were shocked when they encountered a mystery sea creature at the water's edge. They described it as being black in colour and far bigger then a seal.


 
 


Tailed Sphere

Location: Kirkwall - Northwest of Kirkwall
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 25 January 1985
Further Comments: The Kirkwall coastguard reported a very bright spherical object with a tail, moving north west to the south east. The object then split in two. The Aberdeen coastguard reported seeing the same or similar two objects a little later on.


 
 


Hogboy

Location: Maeshowe - Area around the cairn
Type: Other
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: Hogboy was the name of a hogboon, a dark and moody family spirit which lived in the cairns and became upset if milk was not offered to them after a birth or marriage in a family. This particular hogboon was blamed for several deaths of people and animal on a nearby farm, after the farmer ploughed up a burial mound.


 
 


Whale like Creature

Location: North of Island - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1537
Further Comments: Fishermen reported a whale with characteristics of a boar in the sea in this area.


 
 


Selkie

Location: North Ronaldsay - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Goodman of Wastness, a farmer by trade, stole a selkie's seal skin and hid it, forcing the woman to become his wife. After many years of marriage and a house full of children the selkie found her seal skin and ran off back to the sea, never to be seen again.


 
 


Great Auk

Location: Papa Westray - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: Reports of an extinct Great Auk being spotted alive on a beach 142 years after the last confirmed sighting turned out to be nothing more than a hoax.


 
 


Red Water

Location: Papa Westray - St Tredwell's Loch
Type: Other
Date / Time: Prior to royal event
Further Comments: The waters of the loch are said to turn red just prior to news that will greatly affect the royal family.


 
 


Swelkie

Location: Pentland Firth - Swelkie Point
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Story date unknown - possibly Viking?
Further Comments: The whirlpool that forms here is thought to be created by the turning of a mill stone to grind salt, ensuring the sea remains salty. Some say the wheel is turned by a sea witch, while others name the grinders as Fenia and Menia, two local giants.


 
 


Dog Faced Beast

Location: Pentland Firth - Waters of
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1919 / 1920s
Further Comments: The body of water was home to a sea creature with a long thick neck and a small head similar to that of a dog. It swam under one witness's boat.


 
 


Tall Creature

Location: Pentland Skerries - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: Observed by a lone lighthouse keeper, this sea monster was seen to rise almost ten metres clear of the waves. A smaller creature had been seen fifteen years earlier by a fishing boat crew and a holiday maker.


 
 


Candle Light

Location: Pierowall - Noltland Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to birth or death in family
Further Comments: Once owned by the Balfour family, a ghostly light flickering at the castle window still shines when a birth or death occurs in the family. Deaths are also announced by the howls of a shuck-like creature (known as the Boky Hound), while the ghost of a creature with enormous strength stalks the ruins. This paranormally busy castle was also home to a helpful brownie named Broonie who ensured boats remained safe during storms.


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