Gwynedd - Paranormal Database Records

Water Fairies

Location: Beddgelert - Aberglaslyn Pass
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness watched the little people playing merrily in the water at the pass. Nearby is the grave of Gelert (the dog that was mistakenly killed by its master after saving a child from a wolf) where the hound's ghost has been reported. Finally, the ghostly woman in white who haunts the area is an ill omen, with death said to follow a sighting.

David Pritchard

Location: Beddgelert - Royal Goat Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A landlord of the hotel whose inventiveness made him quite wealthy in the late eighteenth century, David sometimes walks the corridors admiring the source of his income.

Williams' Treasure

Location: Bethesda - Site of a house once owned by Dr John Williams
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Archbishop Williams appeared twice after his death to the female owner of a shop built where his house once stood. Williams instructed the woman to dig in a certain place in her garden, but she refused. Many years later, and father and son digging in the garden stumbled upon Williams' hidden hoard.


Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: A pair of miners are said to haunt this site, previously seen walking off together into the darkness. The sounds of pickaxe on rock have also been heard echoing in the disused pit.


Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog - Queen's Hotel (currently known as Gwesty Ty Gorsaf)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A story based in this hotel says that a workman fled while refurbishing the building after he came face to face with a phantom miner.

Instant Poetry

Location: Cadair Idris - General area of the mountain peaks
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Anyone who spends a night camped on this mountain range is said to either wake up a poetic genius or go insane. The spectral hounds of Annwn, the Cwn Annwn, are also said to stalk the mountains, their howls a warning of a death to soon follow. Finally, the mountain is reputed to have taken its name from a giant who sat there to rest - the stray rocks scattered around the area are the pebbles he picked from his boots.

Water Monster

Location: Cadair Idris - Llyn Cau (lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: Rumoured to be a bottomless lake, the waters are reportedly home to a water monster that once drowned a man foolish enough to try to swim across it.

Devil's Footprints

Location: Cadair Idris - Rock of the Evil One (crag)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Prints left by the hoofs of the Devil can still be seen in the rock, after Old Nick danced with joy after discovering a group of men playing cards on the Sabbath.

Dart Remover

Location: Caernarfon - Anglesey Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poltergeist at work in this pub is reputed to remove darts from the dartboard and push glasses from the shelf.


Location: Caernarfon - Black Boy Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom nun passes through the inn, heading in the direction where a nunnery once stood.

Ghost for Sale

Location: Caernarfon - Bryn Bras
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1897
Further Comments: A newspaper article published in 1897 refers to the castle being sold, and as the location had the reputation for being haunted, the ghost was 'included in the sale'.

Floating Lady

Location: Caernarfon - Caernarfon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: This shade, sometimes seen drifting down the corridors, is thought to be responsible for messing around with electrical equipment left out at night. A photograph was taken by a tourist in 2001 shows a blue misty form in the courtyard.

Soft Music

Location: Criccieth - Unknown cave near town
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two musicians were tricked into entering the cave by fairies, who promptly took them to their realm. Occasionally the men's music escapes from the mouth of the cave to deter others from making the same mistake.

Tylwyth Teg

Location: Cwm y Llan - General area of the valley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Tylwyth Teg, a race of fairies believed to be the souls of druids, are thought to reside in this valley.

Vortigern's Tower

Location: Dinas Emrys - Thought to be location where the spring can be found
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Every time construction started on Vortigern's Tower, it collapsed. Vortigern asked the druids why this was, and they recommended sacrificing a boy to settle the earth. A young lad was brought, but he told Vortigern that the tower fell because two mighty dragons fought beneath the ground in a stone chest. This boy was grew up to become Merlin.

Silver Haired Man

Location: Dinas Mawddwy - Public toilet opposite Red Lion Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This toilet appeared in the media after it was claimed to be the most haunted loo in the UK, although it was admitted that no witnesses to the haunting appeared to exist (which I guess suggests it is the least haunted loo?).

Water Monster

Location: Dolgellau - Lly Cynwch
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once home to a strange water creature which could paralyse with its gaze, a legend tells of a brave farmer who took its head off with an axe blow as it rested. The monster was buried on the mountainside.

Ladies Combing their Hair

Location: Ffestiniog - Llyn y Morwynion
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several women from another village who were abducted by local men drowned themselves in this lake. Their kidnappers came under attack by men from the women's village, but the maidens preferred to die rather than return home. The ghosts of these women are sometimes seen on the water's edge, combing their hair.


Location: Glasfryn, Lleyn Peninsula - House, lake and nearby field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that this area is haunted by the ghost of a woman in white who accidently flooded the surrounding lands.

Fiery Light

Location: Harlech - General area of Harlech, Morfa Bychan marsh, and surrounding area
Type: Other
Date / Time: Winter 1694
Further Comments: An old tale says a blue flame arose from Morfa Bychan and moved across Harlech, setting fire to several haystacks and two barns. The mysterious flame also poisoned dozens of farm animals. The flame continued to appear for several months.


Location: Harlech - Hotel Maes Y Neuadd
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Haunting one of the bedrooms in this hotel, this nursemaid dressed in mob cap and gown will only appear if one of the guests is unwell. A phantom dog is sometimes seen in the garden, while other phantom figures have been seen elsewhere in the building, though only when reflected in mirrors.

Soldiers with Mules

Location: Harlech - Roman Steps leading up the Rhinog Fawr mountains
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of Roman soldiers with pack animals slowly make their way up these steps. Some believe that the ghostly posse will lead anyone who tries to follow them to gold.

Cowled Figures

Location: Holy Island - Llyn Cerrig Back
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The edges of this lake are haunted by both figures resembling monks and Roman soldiers.

Victorian Children

Location: Holyhead - Hibernian nightclub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A group of ghost hunters raising money for charity claimed to have seen a little Victorian girl with pigtails, along with a young boy. The group also contacted a sailor who hanged himself.

Grey Lady

Location: Holyhead - Penrhos Nature Reserve
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This grey woman has appeared in a couple of places within the reserve.

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