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Argyll and Bute Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

City Gent

Location: A83 - Past the A815 junction, heading towards ferry
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s, 04:30h
Further Comments: Two people travelling to the ferry in the early hours of the morning drove past a man walking along the isolated road. He wore a dark woollen coat with a bowler hat, and carried an umbrella and a briefcase. The night sky was pitch black, and the man did not have a light source. The witnesses remained curious about the figure for years afterwards, as he was so out of place, and later found out the area was haunted by a figure dressed in similar clothing, woefully inadequate for the environment he walks.

Clach na Glaistig

Location: Achindarroch - Farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone known as Clach na Glaistig would be washed with a portion of milk every evening to thank a ghost for keeping the calves and cows separate at night. The entity was said to have a face resembling a lichen-covered stone.

Mr Stewart

Location: Appin - Invercreran House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s?
Further Comments: Stewart was murdered by the two brothers who once owned the house after they were tricked into selling their property. Sounds of a body being dragged down the staircase have been reported, in addition to the phantom footsteps and the slamming of doors.

James of the Glen

Location: Appin - Old Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Landlord Jim Milligan blamed the ghost of James of the Glen for the mild haunting at this inn, which included footstep-like sounds, rattling of swords on the walls, and tipping chairs.


Location: Ardentinny - Ardentinny Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One room is said to be haunted by ghostly children - people have awoken and believed the children have entered their room by mistake, only for the ghosts to vanish.

A ghostly black hound sitting in the mist.

Death Prediction

Location: Ardura, Mull - Area around Lochbuie House
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1909
Further Comments: The black dog around this area would warn of impending death. In 1909, Dr MacDonald spotted the dog while treating chief Murdoch Gillian MacLaine - his patient died soon after.

Red Cow

Location: Balephuil, Tiree - Farm in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dugald Campbell noticed a strange little red cow being attacked by the rest of his herd. The red cow ran off with the rest of the herd giving chase. Campbell followed and watched as the red cow entered a solid piece of rock, closely followed by one of his cows. The rest of the herd, intercepted by Campbell, were prevented from vanishing into the rock.

Fairy Home

Location: Ballevulin, Tiree - Large sandbank (no longer exists)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large sandbank was once thought to be home to fairies that borrowed the local blacksmith's cauldron every night, returning it in the morning.


Location: Balmaneach, Island of Mull - MacKinnon's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cave is named after a piper who descended into it the cave to see how far underground he could travel - he bumped into a female ogre who killed him after he failed to please her with a tune from his pipes.

Humanoid Beast

Location: Balvaig - Area in and around sea, and Grador Rock
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Incredibly ugly to look at, this monster would sit for many hours on the rock. One man went too close, and he was later found with his flesh clawed off.


Location: Barcaldine - Ardchattan Priory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried alive under the floor of the building, this nun has been seen drifting around the priory.

Donald Campbell

Location: Barcaldine - Barcaldine Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The same figure that briefly appeared post-mortem at Inverawe House, Donald's shade is said to be full of loathing and hate. A blue lady is said to appear and listen to any music played on site.

Figure in Black

Location: Bellochantuy - Argyll hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2021, late 1990s
Further Comments: A guest awoke to the sounds of quiet laughter and rummaging. As the guest sat up, they spotted a black-clad figure who vanished when the light was switched on. The guest searched the room but no one was there. After they returned to bed, the guest watched several small balls of light flit around the room. Another visitor to the hotel during the late 1990s reported on a local forum that he had witnessed a dark figure walking around his room before vanishing. The nephew of former owners believed the site to be haunted.


Location: Ben Feall, Coll - General area of the hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hill was home to fairies who could be heard grinding their corn and singing deep within.

Bowler Hat Man

Location: Ben Ime - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mountain is haunted by an old man in a bowler hat. A gold watch chain can be seen crossing his waistcoat, and he carries a parcel under one arm.

Colin Campbell

Location: Benderloch - Glendhu Burn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This angry shade, covered in mud and carrying a dirk, is thought to be a famous murder victim.

Goat Man

Location: Bridge of Orchy - Ben Doran
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Urisk was banished to the mountain by a saint and has remained here since.

Former Owner

Location: Campbeltown - Glen Scotia Scotch Whisky Distillery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This distillery is reputed to be haunted by a former owner who drowned himself in the nearby loch after being cheated out of a large amount of money.

Shorted Armed Mermaid

Location: Campbeltown - Kintyre Peninsula
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 18 October 1811
Further Comments: Watched by a farmer for two hours, this mermaid had a pale upper body and a red/grey tail covered in hair. Its face was human, with deep-set eyes and short neck. The creature combed the hair on its head with what looked like short, stubby arms before diving into the water and washing its torso.

Long Necked Creature

Location: Campbeltown Loch - Kilkerran Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1934
Further Comments: Two local men reported this creature after watching it splashing around in the waters. They described it as having the head and neck of a giraffe, and although the body remained submerged, a dorsal fin could be seen.

Dark Brown Cat

Location: Colonsay - Close to a stone dyke
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Cat in 1999, fox in January 2012
Further Comments: In 1999, a couple visiting the island observed a dark brown large cat, much bigger than a wild cat, roughly the size of a collie. Thirteen years later, the body of a fox was discovered on the island, worrying the locals as no foxes have ever been found here.

Macphie's Captor

Location: Colonsay - Unknown cave along the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mermaid kidnapped a man by the name of Macphie and held him in a cave along the island's shore. Macphie was given any item he wished for but remained unhappy until he managed to escape. The mermaid gave chase, but Macphie tossed his dog into the sea. Dog and mermaid fought until they both died from their injuries.

Dog Attack

Location: Cornaigbeg (aka Cornaig Beag), Tiree - Land around Cornaigbeg Farm
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: A group of men with a dog were watching over cattle when they heard strange sounds, resembling a herd of sheep, although nothing could be seen. As the sounds passed, the dog chased the invisible entity. The dog later returned but died soon after, its hair scraped off with skin ripped and bloodied.

Grey Old Man

Location: Craighouse - Craighouse Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen peering out of the ruins, this grey haired old man was thought to have been involved in the building of the castle.

Secret Ball

Location: Drimfin (near Tobermory) - Slope near a rock
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A postman decided to have a quick nap close to a rock known to be the haunt of fairies. The rock opened and a fairy appeared, inviting the postman to a ball. The postman fled and escaped to Tobermory, chased by fairies who probably did not like taking no for an answer.

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