Highland - Paranormal Database Records

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.


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.


Location: Portree - Prince Charles's Well, road between Portree and Uig
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 15 April 1746
Further Comments: The day before his defeat at Culloden, the shade of Prince Charles was seen by the well, crying 'defeated'.

Car Lights

Location: Portree - Road between Portree and Sligachan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lights of an incoming car has been reported along this road, although they suddenly vanish without trace. Some say the lights belong to a car which fell from the ferry (although there may be two different phantom cars).


Location: Portree, Isle of Skye - Woman's Loch, by Sithean Beinne Bho'idhich
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water monster has been reported inhabiting the loch.


Location: Rinns of Islay - Small island off Rinns of Islay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: There are several entities said to haunt this small island, including a mermaid, the sound of rattling chains, and water horses. A woman supervising cattle on the island was attacked by something tall and hairy, with no skin upon its face. She managed to survive by creating a circle and remaining inside it.

Humped Creature

Location: Scalpay Island - Waters off the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: Four witnesses in a yacht reported seeing two humped creatures swimming off the coast of the island. One witness estimated the length of the serpents to be at least forty feet (twelve metres).

Shipwrecked Sailor

Location: Sheigra - Beach
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For several nights after his drowning, this ghostly sailor made his presence known to a local man - they finally had a conversation (the contents of which were never revealed) and the shade was never seen again.

1934 Austin

Location: Sligachan - A850 road from the town, leading to Portree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Racing around the roads, witnesses pull over to let this car overtake them as it approached rapidly from behind - but it always vanishes before reaching them.

Fairy Flag

Location: Sligachan, Isle of Skye - Dunvegan Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Flag of the MacLeod's was given to them by a fairy that changed herself into a mortal and married into the family - it can only be used three times, but each time it is waved, it grants the MacLeods victory over a foe. Used twice before (1490 & 1580), the flag remained true to the fairy's words. The Fairy Bridge near the castle is considered inherently evil, and upsets animals.

Leaving Fairies

Location: Snizort, Isle of Skye - Dun Borve
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The locals once played a trick on the fairies here - they promptly moved away in protest.

Green Lady

Location: St Catherine's - Loch Fyne Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A barmaid dropped a tray of drinks and ran screaming from the drinks store after hearing heavy breathing down her neck. The room is said to be the location that a former female employee hanged herself while wearing a green dress, and now her emerald form drifts around the hotel creating mischief.

Head Thrower

Location: Staffin - Road in the area, exact location not known
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This macabre, phantasmic entity would attack and kill unwary travellers by pulling off its own head and throwing it at them!

The Drowning

Location: Strath, Isle of Skye - Waters of the Loch
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Circa Sixth century
Further Comments: This loch was the home of an evil spirit that drowned anyone who entered it. The entity was finally dispatched by Saint Columba.

Devil's Bath

Location: Strathpeffer - Hot springs in the area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The hot springs found in the region are said to be used by the Devil to wash both himself and his dirty linen.

Corpse Candles

Location: Taagan - Holly Pool
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Two lights were once often seen dancing around the surface of the pool, until two children tragically drowned in its waters.

Naked Mermaid?

Location: Thurso - Sandside Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1798
Further Comments: William Munro, a schoolmaster from Thurso, watched a naked woman combing her hair on a rock in the bay. After a few minutes she diving under the water and vanished.

Dwarven Miners

Location: Tongue - Ben Loyal
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Working deep beneath the mountain, the dwarfs would create items for mortals only if the price was right.

Colann gun Cheann

Location: Trottenish - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sinister, decapitated ghost roamed the area looking for the living - when it encountered a person, it would throw its head at them before trying to kill the unfortunate soul.

MacLeods' Heads

Location: Trotternish - Loch of Heads
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A skirmish between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds led to the MacLeods defeat - the victors decapitated all the bodies and rolled the heads down a hill to the loch below. As the heads rolled, they could be heard chanting 'We almost won today!', hence the name of the area.

Stoned Man

Location: Trotternish, Isle of Skye - Old Man of Storr
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Turned to stone by a couple of antisocial ogres, the old man of Storr has remained a monolith for hundreds of years, and no doubt will forevermore.


Location: Trotternish, Isle of Skye - Shieling
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young woman invited an Each-uisge in the guise of an old woman into her shieling overnight only to awake during the night to find it eating her companion. On discovering the Each-uisge, the young woman fled, only managing to escape the clutches of the beast by crossing a flowing stream that the Each-uisge was unable to cross.

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