Highland - Paranormal Database Records

Highlander with Hounds

Location: Corrieyairack Pass - Bridge over a stream
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty weather
Further Comments: This shade is said to guide people to the bridge when the weather becomes treacherous.


Human-faced Dog

Location: Creag an Ordain - B869, between Stoer and Lochinver
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: On closer examination, this shuck has the horrible face of a person, with little devil-like horns. If it barks more than two times, disaster will follow shortly.


Old Hag

Location: Cromarty - Nearby moorland and wooded areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A number of shades have been reported here; armoured knights, old hags, and other figures which run through the trees laughing and screaming. There is also a story about a beautiful woman who tries to lure men into swampland to drown.


Smoky Rabbit

Location: Cromarty - Old castle (no longer standing, replaced by Cromarty House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1770s
Further Comments: A number of strange shades frequented the castle, including a rabbit that would turn into smoke, a small pixie-like bearded man, and heavy pacing.


Fairies' Cradle

Location: Cromarty - Stone near St Benet's Spring (spring may no longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone destroyed 1745
Further Comments: If a baby had been replaced by a changeling, the fairy child could be placed on a stone known as the Fairies' Cradle and the little people were forced to return the stolen human child. The stone was broken up by a minister.


Murdered Miller

Location: Cromarty - Navity Wood
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost appeared to a local postman and another gentleman as they passed through the wooded area - it is thought the ghost told them who his murderer was, though it appears the two witnesses did not act on the information provided.


Backwards Gravity

Location: Croy Brae - Hill along the A719
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: More of an optical illusion, really. The environment surrounding the hill creates the illusion that the hill is really going up, rather than down, which confuses passing tourists and visitors to the area.


MacRaing

Location: Cullin Hills, Isle of Skye - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A murdering robber, MacRaing killed his own son after the lad threatened to turn him over to the law. His ghost now roams the mountain range.


Bonnie Prince Charlie

Location: Culloden - Culloden House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This shade is said to haunt the hotel, though much of the original building has been replaced.


Highlander

Location: Culloden - Site of battle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Horses heard 2006
Further Comments: The single, solitary highlander seen walking on the site is thought to be one of the many killed by English soldiers on 16 April 1746. He has also been observed lying on top of a burial mound. Sorche Nic Leodhas writes that one person has seen the entire battle re-fought, 150 years after the actual event, while in 2006 a family heard horse's hooves but could see nothing.


Wine

Location: Culloden - St Mary's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring), or first Sunday in May
Further Comments: This holy well would be visited to heal the sick on the first Sunday in May - a piece of cloth would be dipped in the water before being hung from the branch of a nearby tree. One myth says that on Mayday the water turned to wine.


Piper

Location: Culrain - Carbisdale Castle (aka Castle of Spite)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though only a hundred years old, the castle is said to be haunted by a traditional piper and a lady in white, the latter named as Duchess Blair (or Betty, for short).


Game of Shinty

Location: Dalarossie, Inverness - Land near the local church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December, when it falls on a Sunday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: These people, during life, made the mistake of playing sports when Christmas day fell on a Sabbath. Now they all return from the grave for a quick game once a year.


Bleeding Witch

Location: Dalarossie, Inverness - Road towards churchyard
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two witnesses reported seeing the shade of an old witch running away from several hunting hounds - this relates to a local legend, in which the old hag tries (unsuccessfully) to murder a huntsman.


Whispering

Location: Dingwall - Area around Braham Rock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: If one listens carefully, the sound of someone breathing heavily can be heard here. Occasionally the sounds change into whispers and groans.


Gibbering

Location: Dingwall - Braham Estate
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Strange sounds have been reported coming from this estate, a mixture of laughing, moaning and inane chattering.


Two Little Girls

Location: Dingwall - Tulloch Castle Hotel, Room 8
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2004
Further Comments: A guest staying the night in this room reported feeling the two adolescent girls sitting on his chest as he lay in bed, as if trying to suffocate him. Previous guests in the room have reported a figure sitting at the end of their bed, door handles rattling, and other strange disturbances. The castle is also known for its Green Lady, who died after falling down a spiral staircase after witnessing her father's adultery.


Grey Lady

Location: Dores - Aldourie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this off-white spook that reportedly drifts around the strong house.


Bridge Builders

Location: Dornoch - Dornoch Firth
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Water spirits would cross this body of water in shells, but grew tired of having to do so. A team of kelpies started building a bridge made of gold and had almost finished their endeavour when a passing man blessed them on their work. The workmen vanished and the bridge collapsed, turning into a sandbank.


Banshee in Green

Location: Dornoch - Loch Nigdal (granite rock)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The banshee which reputedly lives here is clad in green silks. A farmer's wife who spotted the entity said it sat quietly on a rock, had long blonde hair and was quite beautiful, although it had no nose.


Screaming White Lady

Location: Dornoch - Skibo Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sad spirit is said to have been murdered in the 1600's by a servant. The white lady now drifts through the castle corridors, wailing and screaming.


Janet Horne

Location: Dornoch - The Witch Stone, located near the golf course
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the last witches to be executed in Scotland, the ghost of the old lady is still seen near the spot where she was burnt to death.


Treasure Guardians

Location: Duncansby Head - 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 - 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...


Long Serpent

Location: Dunrobin - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1873
Further Comments: Observed several times around this period, this creature would remain visible for long periods of time.


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