Highland - Paranormal Database Records

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Location: Loch nan Dubhrachan, Isle of Skye - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1870
Further Comments: Laird MacDonald of Sleat is said to have dragged the loch in 1870, failing to locate the kelpie which he believed lived here.

World Famous Monster

Location: Loch Ness - Water and surrounding banks
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Varies
Further Comments: A creature that needs no introduction, Nessie varies in size and shape, and with countless books and websites dedicated to proving and disproving its existence, I can offer little more information on the (possible) creature. One nineteenth century account says that the loch was the home of a demonic horse. The saddled creature would wait by the roadside, and if mounted by an unsuspecting passerby, would drag the rider into the water and drown them. According to an 1898 feature in the Llangollen Advertiser and North Wales Journal, a slightly less fantastic creature, the roe deer, would occasionally take to the waters of the Loch to escape man. While it cannot explain all Nessie sightings, perhaps a bobbing deer isolated in the dark waters could freak out the occasional tourist to the area.

Child Killer

Location: Loch Oich - The Children's Pool, and general area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local legend states that an apparently peaceful creature here once let a child climb upon its back - having done so, the monster dived to the bottom of the water, and the child was never seen again. A serpent like beast was seen in the waters during the twentieth century.

Dark Water Horse

Location: Loch Pityoulish - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature would wait until a bather submerged their head, before moving in to drown them. It was particularly fond of children, and in one attack managed to drown nine simultaneously.

Water Beast

Location: Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen as it moved towards a small boat, the crew reported that the tail of this creature thrashed about above the water, while the rest of the body remained submerged.

Three Humped Monster

Location: Loch Shiel - Waters and land around the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1880s onwards
Further Comments: With a sail running along its back, this serpentine 'Seileag' has even once been seen on land. A sailor, while transporting two old ladies across the water on an old boat, paused to take a pot-shot at it with a rifle he had at hand. In 1926 the creature was seen emerging from the water at Sandy Point.

Water Horse

Location: Loch Shin - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature was friendlier than many of the other Scottish water horses and assisted in the construction of a local church. It may have been yellow in colour.

Lamb for Dinner

Location: Loch Suiadabhal, Isle of Skye - Waters of the loch
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is believed that the local people once threw lambs into the waters of the loch to prevent a monster from coming ashore. No recent sightings of the creature exist.


Location: Loch Treig - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1933
Further Comments: During the construction of the Laggan dam, some divers requested transfers after encountering something under the water. One legend says that the water horses at Treig were the fiercest in the world and would tear anyone who strayed too close into a thousand pieces.


Location: Loch Watten - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 April 1923
Further Comments: Peter Haining wrote that Colonel Arthur Trimble had spotted a creature with a long neck and large head was seen in this loch. Karl Shuker has written a rather detailed article on his website which dismisses the encounter as highly likely to be fiction.

Killer of Dogs

Location: Loch Watton - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1923
Further Comments: Witness Colonel Trimble claimed to have watched his dog be eaten by a creature with a long neck.


Location: Lochailort - Lochailort Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1994
Further Comments: The sound of bagpipes could occasionally be heard in the inn, and a woman in a blue dress was also said to haunt the site. The inn was rebuilt after a fire in 1994, after which the hauntings fell away.

Devil's Coach Marks

Location: Lochs in Scotland (various districts) - No exact location given
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: During the winter months, when the Devil visits Scotland, the wheels on his coach leave visible marks across frozen Lochs.

Bean Nighe

Location: Lochslin - Loch Eye, southern bank
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1742
Further Comments: The ghostly washer woman tending to blood covered clothing was spotted here by one witness a few hours prior to the local abbey roof collapsing, the accident killing thirty six people.

Hidden Stone

Location: Lochussie - Exact location unknown
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A powerful local wise man, executed for being right too many times(!), managed to hide a holed stone somewhere in the area. He stated that it would be discovered by a person born with four thumbs, who would inherit the prophet's powers.

Untrustworthy Kelpie

Location: Luib, Isle of Skye - Bridge (now made of stone) crossing the river Don
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man urgently needed to cross the river here, but the old wooden bridge had been washed away during a storm. A kelpie appeared and offered to ferry the man across. The man accepted the offer, but halfway across the kelpie tried to toss the man from its back and drown him. The man hung on for his life, and after some minutes managed to jump to the opposite bank. Enraged, the kelpie threw a rock after the man, which missed. The stone stood near the bridge for many years, until broken up and used for construction.

Humped Creature

Location: Mallaig - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 1950s
Further Comments: The crews of two fishing boats were reported to have encountered a humped creature several metres in length moving through the water. A column of spines ran down the monster's back and it possessed a head like a tortoise with a large mouth.

Lady Fanny Sinclair

Location: Mey - Barrogill (or Barrowgill) Castle, aka Castle of Mey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Eloping from home to marry a member of the working classes, Lady Fanny's family tracked her down and brought her home - she was killed jumping out of a tower window while trying to escape again.

MacCoul Giants

Location: Munlochy - Area around the bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two large warriors once lived in the bay, though now in shadow form only.

The Rag Well

Location: Munlochy - St Boniface's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Rags are tied around the well to transfer ill health and bad luck away from the visitor and into the healing waters.

Handless Girl

Location: Nairn - Cawdor Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Caught by a vicious father hugging her lover, the girl had her hands severed on daddy's orders so she could never hug again. Another ghost which is said to haunt the site is that of John Campbell, the first Lord Cawdor.


Location: Nairn - Country lanes near Boath House, off the A96
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 November 2014, around 23:30h
Further Comments: Three people walking their dogs heard the faint sound of footsteps and talking. As the sounds grew nearer, they realised that the footsteps were marching, and the sounds were accompanied by a drum. The three people walked, and then ran, to escape the sounds, but the sounds followed them. They stopped moving, and the marching passed them. The experience lasted for around two minutes, and no other person was seen during this time.


Location: Nigg - Nigg Bay
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The gentle peals of a bell are said to emerge from under the bay's waters.

Block of Ice

Location: Ord, Isle of Skye - Exact location not known
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1849
Further Comments: A half tonne block of ice, around six metres in length, fell from an empty sky.

Largest Ice Fall

Location: Ord, Ross-Shire - Farm of Balvullich, Estate of Ord, occupied by Mr Moffat
Type: Other
Date / Time: 13 August 1849
Further Comments: A large block of ice fell from the sky and is thought to be one of the largest ice falls ever. Said to have been almost twenty feet in circumference, the ice had a crystalline appearance, and appeared to be made up of smaller, diamond-shaped parts. Before the object fell from the sky, nearby occupants of the farm heard a massive peal of thunder.

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