Outer Hebrides - Paranormal Database Records

Humped Creature

Location: Achmore, Isle of Lewis - Loch Urabhal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 27 July 1961
Further Comments: While fishing, two teachers watched a small headed creature with a single hump swim past their boat at a distance of around thirty-five metres. It surfaced three times before disappearing.

The Otter King

Location: All over the region - No exact location given
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Martin Martin recorded the tradition of a large otter with a white spot upon its breast. It was said that the king otter was always accompanied by seven normal otters. The pelt of the Otter King was said to offer magical properties to those who owned it.

Women with Child

Location: Barra - Reef in Caolas Cumhan
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Crofter Colin Campbell raised his rifle to fire at what he thought was an otter eating a fish, but stopped when he realised the creature was actually a mermaid holding a child. The creature dived into the sea after Campbell made a noise.

Foretelling War

Location: Barra - Spring at Kilbarry (location may not longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pieces of peat would float in this spring when peace reigned, but in times of war, the water would contain flakes of blood.


Location: Benbecula - Shores
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A dead four metre long creature was washed up on the beach, with diamond shaped fins sitting along its back - the creature could not be identified.


Location: Benbecula - Unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Sluagh are a fairy host that travel across the sky to the land of the ever young, Tir-nan-Og. A couple of hunting hounds belonging to the Sluagh are said to have landed in Benbecula briefly before heading off on their travels.

Unseen Tarbh-uisge

Location: Borerary, St Kilda - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During one dark and stormy evening one of several men sheltering in a hut wished that he had a fat oxen. No sooner had he wished for one, there could be heard the sound of a bull just outside. However all in the hut were to terrified to look and see what had appeared. It was only next morning when they ventured out they found plenty of cloven hoof track but no sign of what had left them.

Mysterious Stones

Location: Callanish, Isle of Lewis - Callanish standing stones
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It is still argued to what extent this stone circle represents the heavenly bodies above, and what its ultimate purpose was. One legend says that the thirteen stones were giants who refused to become Christians - they were petrified for the sin.

Vanishing Keepers

Location: Eilean Mor - Lighthouse
Type: Other
Date / Time: December 1900
Further Comments: The three keepers who vanished from the lighthouse left their log behind, which reported they had been rocked by storms over a five day period. However, the surrounding towns and villages reported that the weather had been calm.

Gallan Whale

Location: Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1690
Further Comments: Martin Martin reported that a large mystery whale terrorised the fishing boats of Gallan Head. It would deliberately sink the boats before returning to eat the crew.

Long Necked Creature

Location: Isle of Canna - Off the coast, and around surrounding islands
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1808 or 1809
Further Comments: This creature, mistaken for a rock when first observed, was seen at various times by up to thirteen fishing boat crews. It was described as being 70 - 80 foot in length (21 - 24 metres), and possessing a long neck which it kept underwater whilst swimming.

Glowing Balls

Location: Isle of Lewis - Area around Sandwick
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lights that float around the area normally announce approaching death for a local. Some say the light belongs to an Irish merchant who was robbed and murdered on the island. One legend says that a witness who spoke to the ghost of the merchant was awarded a fairy dog's tooth that enabled the holder to cure ills and punish the greedy.


Location: Isle of Lewis - Kebock Head
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown (traditional)
Further Comments: The Feolagan was a small mouse-sized creature (or fairy) that would paralyse sheep by walking across the animal's back. The sheep would die unless the Feolagan was forced retrace its steps, or, if many sheep were affected, by capturing the Feolagan in a jar filled with salt and using the grains to cure the sheep.

Searrach Uisge

Location: Isle of Lewis - Loch Suainbhal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1856 onwards
Further Comments: Resembling a capsized boat, this creature has been reported swimming around for one and a half centuries. Locals say lambs were once offered annually to the creature.

Bumpy Beast

Location: Isle of Lewis - Sea off the north of the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: May 1882
Further Comments: A German ship 15 kilometres off the coast reported a sea serpent around 40 metres in length, several bumps protruding from the water, along the creatures back. Sea serpents have also been reported at the southern side of the island.

Potato Eater

Location: Isle of Lewis - Unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A crofter noticed his potato store was raided each night. One morning he discovered the tooth of a Cu Sith stuck in a potato - looks like this Cu Sith liked a meal of spuds!


Location: Isle of Skye - No exact location documented
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1690
Further Comments: Martin Martin documented a small worm that lived between the flesh and skin, known as either a Fiollan or Fillan. It was about 2.5 centimetres in length, as wide as a goose quill, and it had little legs either side of the body that enabled it to crawl around under the skin. Once there, it would cause tumours and abscesses.

Water Kelpie

Location: Leurbost - Inland lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: March 1856
Further Comments: This creature was described as being similar to a thirteen metre long eel, with huge fins that could be seen as it pushed itself from the water. Witnesses watched the beast eat a blanket that had accidentally been left on the beach.

Screaming Monster

Location: Loch Duvat, Eriskay - North side of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1893
Further Comments: While out looking for a horse that escaped his farm in the mist, a farmer saw what he thought was his missing beast in the loch. As he approached, he realised he was looking at a water monster; the creature gave an unearthly yell, sending the farmer running home, and also disturbing all the wildlife around the water.


Location: Loch Langavat, Isle of Lewis - Exact area unknown
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The island was once home to a colony of wolfmen - even though they are extinct, disturbing their graves is reported to release their spirits.

Monster Killer

Location: Loch na Mna - 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.

Dog Killer

Location: Loch Tuath - Area between Loch Tuath and Loch Cuan
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A misty female form was once seen here, with long blonde hair. The entity picked up the witness's dog, and ran off with it behind a nearby rock formation; the owner gave chase and, turning the rocky corner, found the dog with its windpipe crushed and large pieces of fur torn away. The strange woman had vanished.

Faery Dog

Location: Luskentyre - Area of beach
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This hound has been known to leave oversized paw prints on the damp sand which vanish suddenly half way across the beach.

Cro Sith

Location: Luskentyre , Harris - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Cro sith were fairy cattle that lived under the sea, occasionally coming ashore. When they did reach land, local farmers would try and catch them to add them to their own herds.

Battling Bull

Location: Monach Isles - Loch Nan Buadh
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small village close to Loch Nan Buadh was terrified by an Each-uisge that lived there. Eventually the villagers unleashed a specially bred bull upon the Each-uisge - after an epic struggle, both animals disappeared below the waters.

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