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Ghostly Tunes and Otherworldly Sounds


Location: Duntrune (Argyll and Bute) - Duntrune (or Duntroon) Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This musician piped a warning to his MacDonald clan leader that he was entering a Campbell trap - as punishment, the Campbells' took the piper and cut off his fingers, leaving him to bleed to death. The bagpiper's warning, a wild and unusual tune, now drifts across the landscape.


Location: Durness (Highland) - Fraisgell's Cave - Loch Eribol
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Created by fairies, this music emerges from the cave and floats across the waters of Loch Eribol.


Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Devonshire Park Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s and 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom player was once quite a frequent visitor to the theatre, though as of late he has become quiet.

Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.


Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Charlotte Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The tinkling of phantom ivories can sometimes be heard over the noise of traffic. In total, four apparitions have been reported from the Square - a coach, a woman in old fashioned clothing, a scruffy beggar, and a monk.

An old woodcut of bagpipes.


Location: Elgin (Moray) - Red Lion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom piper has been heard playing his music on the second floor.


Location: Exeter (Devon) - Exeter Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July, 7pm (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Seen only around this time, the nun quickly disappears once spotted. A monk has also been reported in the area surrounding the cathedral, while a small group of witnesses heard music coming from within the building although it was dark and empty at the time.

Victorian Girls

Location: Falmouth (Cornwall) - Penmere Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1990s, approximately 01:00h
Further Comments: While walking home, a witness heard loud, distorted music coming from the station. He went to investigate and encountered two girls dressed in Victorian clothing (but no source of the music). One pointed down the tracks, as if she wanted the witness to follow, but he decided to turn around and leave the site.

Aunt Hessey

Location: Fintona (County Tyrone) - Ecclesville House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost is never seen; only the rustling of her silken dress is heard in the drawing room. One guest once heard her playing the piano.

Playing Harp

Location: Fintry (Stirling) - Culcreach (or Culcreuch) Castle, Chinese Bird Room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: The one time mistress of a member of the clan Buchanan held her lover here as he died, playing the harp as his soul left the room. On the verge of sleep, people have reportedly heard the harp notes drifting around the room. Other less soothing ghosts have been witnessed - the head of a boar on a plate floats around the battlements, while a grey shadow pushes past people in the corridors. More recently, a ghost has been blamed for turning up the jukebox as the machine plays Robbie William songs!


Location: Fosterland Burn (Borders) - Close to a body of water
Type: Other
Date / Time: Summer, midnight, pre twentieth century
Further Comments: It was said that a fairy piper and singers would emerge from the burn and perform at midnight. One local farmer claimed he would listen to them during the summer months. The fairies could be more malicious and on one occasion tired (and failed) to kidnap a baby.

Man in Blue Suit

Location: Frimley (Surrey) - Johnson's Wax Factory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Shortly after hearing a strange harp which was being played out of tune, a fitter carrying an armful of pipes spotted a man in a blue suit heading towards a door that he also had to pass through. The fitter shouted out and asked the suited man to hold the door open for him, however the man in the suit walked straight through the closed door. When the fitter discussed the incident the following morning, he was told the figure was the ghost of an accountant.


Location: Glen Esk (Angus) - Waters of Lochlee
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 19 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A great and popular piper was once taken by little folk donned in green across the waters here - once a year we mortals have the chance of listening to his tunes.

Teddy & Beehive Woman

Location: Gower (West Glamorgan) - Beach at Whitford Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 17 September 2005
Further Comments: A woman with her family which had a long stretch of beach to themselves suddenly found a middle aged couple had set up deckchairs and windbreaks around twelve metres away. The couple, one with a Brylcreem teddy boy hair style, the other with a beehive, were listening to 1950s/1960s music. The woman was intrigued as to how the couple had managed to set up everything without her noticing, and even more surprised when she turned to talk to her daughter and, turning back, found they had vanished.

Self-Playing Piano

Location: Great Burstead (Essex) - Hope House, aka Tower House School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: As well as the piano, phantom footsteps have been heard outside the building.

A musical pixie.

Pixie Place

Location: Hackpen Hill (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill is still reportedly a home for fairies and other little folk, whose music can be heard as it drifts around the area.

Muffled Organ Music

Location: Hassingham (Norfolk) - St Mary's Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A family out for an early morning drive stopped by the church and listened to the music coming from it for several minutes before deciding to enter. As they pushed open the front door, the music stopped, and they could find no one inside.

An old woodcut of Thomas a Becket being murdered.

Hungry Prisoners

Location: Hastings (Sussex) - Hastings Castle, the area called The Mount
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several manifestations exist here. The sounds of prisoners rattling their chains and calling out for food have been heard under the castle; the upper areas are haunted by phantom organ music. Thomas a Becket, dean of the church college, walks the area, as does a nun caught on film during the 1970s.

Red Lady

Location: Hinton (Wiltshire) - Hinton Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly woman in red is said to play the harpsichord in the music room and smile at anyone who observes her.

Tall Lady in Black

Location: Hinton Ampner (Hampshire) - Old Manor House (no longer standing) and new Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: From 1765 until 1960
Further Comments: The old Manor House was haunted to such an extent that it was finally demolished and rebuilt a few meters down the road. Reports of apparitions, footsteps, untraceable music and finally screaming all drove out the occupiers of the original building. The replacement building suffered briefly from elements of the haunting, though nothing since it was gutted by fire and re-rebuilt...

An old postcard showing Inveraray Castle.

Harp Player

Location: Inveraray (Argyll and Bute) - Inveraray Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Executed in 1644, this ghostly musician now returns and plucks his strings. He also is heard in the library throwing books around, though none are ever moved.

Fairy Music

Location: Iona, Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Sithean Mor - Fairy Mound
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: From this grassy knoll sweet music has been heard by both locals and visitors to the area.

Staring Woman

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Crown Hotel, 346 Felixstowe Road (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A face of a woman looks down from the window in bedroom 2, even though the room is empty. Mild poltergeist activities have also been reported, the piano has been heard playing itself, and a crashing sound, as of a wardrobe falling over, also reported.

Organ Music

Location: Kenfig (Mid Glamorgan) - Prince of Wales public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: After the landlord reported hearing phantom music and voices in his pub, John Marke and Allan Jenkins used the building to experiment with their 'stone wall' theory. While they recorded some sounds, it could be debated that there was a rational source to the sounds.

Fairy Music

Location: Kennavarra, Tiree (Argyll and Bute) - Kennavarra Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two children, a sister and brother, were hunting for birds in the snow. Music that emerged from deep underground terrified the pair; they ran home, the girl losing her shoes in her haste to escape.

Future Events

Location: Kirkcaldy (Fife) - Bell Craig (or crag?) (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather dependent: stormy nights (piper), cave activity unknown
Further Comments: The crag was said to be haunted by a phantom bagpiper, who would be heard when weather conditions were right. In addition, a cave, since destroyed by mining, was believed to be perfectly located between heaven and hell, and as such, visitors within could see the future.

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