Cave Myths, Legends and Stories

NB: Caves are not places to be explored lightly... this site lists myths and ghost stories concerning the sites - please ensure you do not become one of the latter...

 
 


Urisk

Location: Aberfoyle (Stirling) - Goblin's Cave, north base of Ben Venue
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cave and the surrounding area is said to be the meeting place of many Urisk.


 
 


Blind George

Location: Anstey (Hertfordshire) - Fields around the village, and Devil's Hole cave
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to still be playing his fiddle in tunnels under the village, Blind George is said to have ventured into the Devil's Hole cave with his trusted dog - the hound ran out, and was found with its hair burnt away, and George was never seen again.


 
 


Piper Piping

Location: Ballintra (County Donegal) - Cave system known as Pullans
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The sound of pipes echoes throughout this cave structure on certain nights, as the ghost of a piper tries to find his way out.


 
 


Ogress

Location: Balmaneach, Island of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - MacKinnon's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cave is named after a piper who travelled into its depths to see how far underground he could go - he bumped into a female ogre who killed him after he failed to please her with a tune from his pipes.


 
 


Colt Pixie

Location: Beaulieu Heath (Hampshire) - Cold Pixie's Cave
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A horse-like pixie, this fairy entity would play mild pranks and call out to horses so they became lost.


 
 


Lion

Location: Belfast (County Antrim) - Cavehill Park, Upper Hightown end
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 31 August 2008
Further Comments: Several independent witnesses called the police to report a sandy coloured cat in this park. The nearby Belfast Zoo reported no animals missing. A search of the area by police failed to find the feline.


 
 


Cursed Giant

Location: Blackgang Chime (Isle of Wight) - Cave in the area (no longer present?)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The chime was once a lush area, rich in vegetation and the hunting ground of a giant who feasted upon children. A holy man cursed the giant and the area, ensuring nothing would ever grow there again.


 
 


Sleeping Owain

Location: Carreg Cennen (Dyfed) - Owain Llawgoch's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Regional hero Owain and fifty one other men lay sleeping somewhere in this cave system. When they awaken, peace shall fall all over the Earth.


 
 


Dark Blue Bird

Location: Chapel le Dale (Yorkshire) - Cave system in village
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Three people reported seeing a large flying creature, 'much larger than a bat', slowly glide past them as they explored the first cavern of these caves.


 
 


Murdered Girl

Location: Chislehurst (Kent) - Chislehurst Caves
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1961
Further Comments: A number of ghosts are said to haunt the caves, including a woman who was drowned in a pool who was seen in 1961 - the witness knocked himself out on the cave roof while trying to escape the apparition. Other 'people' have been seen within, and the sounds of children and sometimes horses are reported. One myth says that a priest who spent the night at the site was found dead, the cause of death - fright!


 
 


Black Dog

Location: Cold Knap (South Glamorgan) - Beach, between cave and min golf course
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: February 1997, 23:00 (approximately) and September 2013 around midnight
Further Comments: This witness, who would often sit on the pebbles with their two dogs, watched another dog, black in colour, move silently across the beach some fifty metres away. The witness's curiosity was raised by the fact that despite the rocks and stones underfoot, the hound moved smoothly and their own dogs remained oblivious to the strange canine. Sixteen years later the same witness reported their second paranormal event on the beach - a nebulous black cloud which formed around their feet. After tolerating the cloud for several minutes, the witness left the area.


 
 


Soft Music

Location: Criccieth (Gwynedd) - Unknown cave near town
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two musicians were tricked into entering the cave by fairies, who promptly took them to their realm. Occasionally the men's music escapes from the mouth of the cave to deter others from making the same mistake.


 
 


Little People

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Sheepstor - Pixies Cave
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cave was shared with the pixies by humans when hiding during the Civil War.


 
 


Hob Hurst

Location: Deepdale (Derbyshire) - Thirst House - cave below Topley Pike
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hob Hurst, the generic name for a helpful yet sometimes mischievous entity in this region, is said to have watched over a healing spring here.


 
 


Treasure Guardians

Location: Duncansby Head (Highland) - Cave system off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A team of mermaids and mermen are reported to guard a hidden cave full of treasure.


 
 


Captured Fisherman

Location: Dunnet Bay (Highland) - Underwater sea cave
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A good looking fisherman once caught the eye of a mermaid who fell in love with him - she kidnapped the fellow and held him in a secret cave under the sea, where he remains to this day...


 
 


Music

Location: Durness (Highland) - Fraisgell's Cave - Loch Eribol
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Created by fairies, this music emerges from the cave and floats across the waters of Loch Eribol.


 
 


Donald

Location: Durness (Highland) - Smoo Caves
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After selling his soul to the Devil, Donald gained access to powerful magics and cast no shadow in the midday sun. He turned on his dark master in the caverns here, the Devil losing the fight and creating the large holes in the roof of the cave as he fled the wizard.


 
 


Isir

Location: Eamont Bridge (Cumbria) - Cave by the river
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This natural dwelling was once home to a giant named Isir, who enjoyed the taste of human meat. His fate is unknown.


 
 


Hugh Cesario

Location: Edenhall (Cumbria) - Isis Parlis cave system
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Caves still present
Further Comments: This cave system was once the home to Hugh Cesario, a giant who either fought on the side of good, or took local men, women and farm animals back to the cave to snack on.


 
 


Dunny

Location: Hazelrigg (Northumberland) - St Cuthbert's Cave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost would take the form of a dun coloured horse (though really it was the shade of a pirate-cum-raider) and harass anyone who came too close to his treasure which was buried somewhere nearby.


 
 


Mother Shipton

Location: Knaresborough (Yorkshire) - Mother Shipton's Cave
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1500s
Further Comments: Even in her own lifetime, Shipton was a well renowned prophetess. Her predictions included the great fire of London, many political events, and the end of the world in the year 1881(!),


 
 


Immortality

Location: Lisdoonvarna (County Clare) - Unknown cave between Lisdoonvarna and Ennis
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The waters of a secret cave located between these two places is said to make the old young, although anyone who was actively sought to bath within it was never seen again.


 
 


Woman

Location: Middleton (West Glamorgan) - Goat's Cave, Paviland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Red Lady of Paviland, an Upper Palaeolithic era skeleton found in the cave, was later discovered to be male rather than female. It is unclear how this misidentification has impacted the stories of how a phantom woman haunts the cave.


 
 


Shouting Shepherd

Location: Mitchelstown (County Cork) - Mitchelstown Caves
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly shouts sometimes heard emerging from the caves is said to belong to a man looking for a fairy ewe which had helped him become wealthy. When the creature grew too old to produce quality wool, the shepherd tried to kill the creature, which escaped and led all his flock into the caves.


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