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Perth and Kinross Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Ornate Coach

Location: A9 - From Pitlochry heading towards Newtonmore
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - 2000s?
Further Comments: A husband and wife, together with their 12 year old son, all saw a golden coach pulled by white horses, accompanied by well-dressed coachmen in white wigs. Even though the road was quite busy, the coach travelled towards oncoming traffic, albeit on the side of the road, but no other drivers appeared to notice it.

Golden Cradle

Location: Abernethy - Castle Law (aka Castlelaw)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hidden golden cradle was said to have once rocked the children of kings. The small loch in the area is said to fill some people with dread, and if you run around it nine times recanting a certain spell, a hand shall rise and drag you in.

An old postcard showing Airlie Castle.

The Doom of Airlie Castle

Location: Airlie - Airlie Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When ill-fortune strikes
Further Comments: This harbinger of doom takes the form of a ram that walks a lap of the gardens prior to disaster. A drumming sound is also reported to herald a death in the family.

Modred's House

Location: Alyth - Dunbarre Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This castle is said to be the former base of Modred, the nephew of King Arthur. He was killed when the fort was overrun by Scots and Picts. Guinevere may have also been killed here and is reportedly buried at nearby Meigle.

The Thing

Location: Bankfoot - Bankfoot Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008-2015
Further Comments: Affectionately known as 'The Thing', this entity is said to be a shadowy older male and has been seen standing at the base of beds. Whispers have also been heard on site and items have been knocked over by something unseen.


Location: Beinn a' Ghlo (mountain) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mountain was home to fairies, one of many sites in Scotland.

Blood Sucker

Location: Blair Atholl - Glen Tilt, north of the town
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: Two poachers shacking up in a bothy reported being attacked by a creature that drank blood from one of them. The pair managed to fight the creature off, and it flew away. The story is very similar to the vampire tale that happened at Fealaar, Aberdeenshire.

Large Hound

Location: Blairgowrie - A93 north of the town
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom dog, said to be huge, patrols the road. Its presence makes normal dogs nervous and horses shy.

Lady Jean Sings

Location: Blairgowrie - Newton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lady Jean Drummond used witchcraft to seduce and marry the local laird, but those who taught her the magical arts came and abducted Jean on the wedding night. She now sings sad love songs from the tower and has been seen passing through the castle.


Location: Braco - Braco Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of many buildings in the UK that are said to be haunted, but no description of the entity exists. Dogs are said to become quite agitated on the staircase.


Location: Bridge of Earn - Moncrieffe Arms Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Strange sobs have been heard coming from empty guest bedrooms, and hollow footfalls fill the air.

Child Killer

Location: Callander - Loch Venachar
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1800
Further Comments: The water horse in this loch was blamed for the deaths of children who were attempting to cross the water.

Indestructible Stone

Location: Cleish - The Lecture Stone (was quarter mile east from church)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The stone was said to be blessed after three attempts to blow it up with gunpowder failed. It has since been moved to an unknown location.


Location: Clifton - Eas Na H'urvisg - waterfall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cascade of water is named after the human/fairy hybrid that once lived there.

Green Lady

Location: Comrie - Royal Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman, dressed in a flowing green dress, wanders the corridors looking for her lost love who perished in a snowstorm.

Lady Mary

Location: Crieff - Ferntower House, tower (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1940
Further Comments: Polish troops based at this house claimed the tower was haunted by a white woman. The tower was demolished in 1963.

Man in Tweed

Location: Crieff - Rosebank Hotel (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: While waiting alone in the bar, a witness watched a man in a tweed jacket walk through the wall and, after taking a couple more steps, vanish just as the landlady entered. The witness told the woman what he had seen, and she said that she too had seen the figure. The wall he had passed through where the original bar door was before refurbishments.

Messy Shop

Location: Crieff - Undisclosed general store in the town
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1980s-2000s
Further Comments: This poltergeist has spent almost twenty years pushing items from shelving when no one is near, opening and closing doors, and flicking the light switches.

An old postcard showing The Hermitage at Dunkeld.

Wishing Tree

Location: Dunkeld - The Hermitage
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa 2011 onwards
Further Comments: The stump of a tree which fell during a storm in December 2011 has become known as a place for wishing. Pennies are hammered into the wooden remains in exchange for good health.

Two Chatty Women

Location: Errol - Megginch Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pair of old women continue to natter away years after the death of the flesh.

The Yew

Location: Fortingall - Parish church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Surrounded by a wall which protected it from being stripped by nineteenth century tourists, the yew was once thought to have been the birthplace of Pontius Pilate (the man who ordered Jesus to be crucified). The tree is likely to be around 2000 years old, although some have claimed it started to grow 8000 years ago.

Groom's Curse

Location: Fossaway - Former Mercer family home (unknown whether building still stands) and holly tree near village green
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A groom was hanged from the holly tree after stealing a small amount of corn. Before dying the groom cursed the Mercer family, saying that they would never have a son inherit their family home. The curse is said to have lasted for several generations.

Woman in an Old Dress

Location: Gilmerton - Cultoquhey House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2003
Further Comments: This hotel was reputedly haunted by a woman wearing an old dress. She would be seen always entering a certain bedroom, but never to leave. She was reputedly seen by a Dutch visitor in 2003.


Location: Glen Devon - Unknown residence
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Brownie left this residence in disgust after the homeowner left some new clothes out for the entity to wear.

Healing Pool

Location: Glen Dochart - Pool in the area (not unknown if it still exists)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A pool in the area was said to cure anyone who had developed madness. The magical waters lost their power after a farmer led a mad bull to the pool and allowed it to bathe.

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