A photograph of Loch Goil, circa 1960.
Lochgoilhead - Private house close to the loch
November and December, 1989
A couple who moved into this house left after a couple of months having endured a 'brooding presence' which they felt to be a bad tempered Edwardian woman who did not want them there. On the night they moved out, one observed a crooked turret which was not visible during the day, while the other occupant was pushed out the door which was slammed behind them. Talking to people who had visited them in the house later, almost all felt something 'wasn't right' with the house.
Mull - Area around Loch na Keal
1978 and continuing for rest of twentieth century
The first alien big cat was reported close to Loch na Keal, where it would remain (fleetingly spotted) over the next twenty years.
A witch summoning a storm, from The Devil in Britain and America, 1896.
Mull - Exact location not known
Doideag, witch of Mull, is said to have summoned the storms which destroyed the Spanish Armada.
Mull - General area
A fearsome dragon terrorised the island until a hero appeared and killed the beast with the inventive use of barrels with big spikes attached to them. This story and the dragon tale told of Mull are strikingly similar.
Mull - Scalasdal (possibly Scarisdale?)
A deer that was killed here later transformed into a woman.
An old woodcut of a tall sea monster
Mull - Sea east of the island, and other nearby areas
Circa 1808, and 1873
This creature, when first observed, possessed no fins, and was estimated to be twenty five metres in length. When seen again almost sixty years later, its speed was estimated to be around 15 kph, and was seen by several independent parties.
Newton - Unnamed cottage on the shores of Loch Fyne
This phantom woman is reported to stand at the back door of the cottage, watching the road. Walkers briefly see her before she vanishes.
Oban - A85 between Oban and Perth
30 September 1965
Two independent motorists reported a six metre long legless creature alongside the road, grey in colour. One witness said it propelled itself along like a giant caterpillar.
Oban - Dunollie Castle
This ghostly, semi-transparent piper was seen by half a dozen witnesses visiting the castle grounds.
Oban - Dunstaffgne (or Dunstaffnage) Castle
Prior to major news
The Glaistig is a fairy-like entity that follows a family, only becoming apparent when good or bad news is heard (that is when she bursts into song, cheers, or cries). Since the castle burnt down, the creature has not been heard.
An old postcard showing Oban Bay
Oban - Oban Bay
18 November 1873
A one hundred foot (thirty metre) long black creature was observed swimming in the bay for around fifteen minutes. A story which may be a hoax states that the same or similar creature was killed in 1877, and the locals dragged the carcass above the high water mark to use as fish bait.
Pennygown, Mull - Unidentified earthen mound in the area
The fairies who lived within this mound would be happy to manufacture any item overnight if the correct raw materials and instructions were placed on nearby grass in the evening. Someone left a short piece of wood and requested a ship's mast be made, resulting in the fairies ceasing their helpfulness.
Port Ellen - Hotel (name not known)
This hotel was once a distillery; a burglar fell to his death from a second floor window after drinking too much during his raid. This drunken crook still lurks the corridors looking for more liquor to consume.
Rinns of Islay - Small island off Rinns of Islay
There are several entities said to haunt this small island, including a mermaid, the sound of rattling chains, and water horses. A woman supervising cattle on the island was attacked by something tall and hairy, with no skin upon its face. She managed to survive by throwing boiling water over the entity and creating a magic circle, remaining inside it.
An old postcard showing Rothesay Castle
Rothesay - Rothesay Castle
Local stories tell of a female form which moves along the battlements after dark. One account says the entity is white in colour, while others maintain the ghost is green. The woman is said to have killed herself after being instructed to marry a Viking raider.
Rothesay - Steam yacht moored in bay
A member of the crew who drowned days previous was blamed when the skipper and engineer were awoken by knocks and rattling sounds. The lid of a pan was thrown at the men by an unseen hand.
Saddell - Abbey and castle
It is said that a former laird removed the headstones from nearby churchyards to use as construction material for his castle - hence, much of the area is haunted by those disturbed. Particularly noted are the shades of a monk and that of a white lady.
Skipness - Skipness Castle
The castle is reputed to be haunted by a green lady which protects the castle. The entity is said to dislikes dogs, although no one appears to be sure how this dislike manifests.
Sound of Mull - Sea
Becalmed in their skiff after setting out from the Sound of Mull, two men spotted a creature in the water which had the head, neck and upper torso of a woman, although the hair was coarser and the eyes glassy.
Sunipol, Island of Mull - Campbell household, exact location unknown
This building was bombarded by stones that were thrown from the beach - armed guards patrolling the area could not find the perpetrators, even though the stones rained down around them.
Tiree - Beach in the area
A traveller on Tiree came across a large mystery dog in the sand dunes. The following day he found paw prints the size of his palm.
Tiree - Cladach a Chrogain beach
This harbinger of doom, known locally as a Cusith, was renowned for its barking - if it yapped once or twice, it was a sign everything was okay, but three times warned of incoming danger for the listener or their family. Some people believe that the creature can become semi-human in appearance.
Tiree - Unknown
Two boys spending the night in a shieling hut were awoken by the sound of a large creature on the roof howling. When dawn came and they ventured out, they discovered the large prints of a Cu Sith on the turf roof.
Tiree - Waters off the island
19 July 1934
A fishing boat reported being attacked by this creature, resembling a lizard but fifty foot (fifteen metres) in length with a long neck. The creature took a bite out of the boat before retreating into the deep.