All over isles - General area
A hybrid, sea living creature, the Nuckelavee was described as having the features of both a mighty horse and its rider. The rider was legless and appeared to grow straight out of the horse's back. Its head was ten times the size of a normal human head, possessing a very wide mouth that jutted out like a pig's snout, and a single red eye that blazed with flame. It was both hairless and skinless. Nuckelavee's breath was toxic and it was responsible for the 'Mortasheen', a fatal disease of cattle.
Birsay - Rocks along coast
A wife and husband witnessed a mermaid sitting on the rocks, described as 'good looking' by the wife. The couple tried to capture the creature, but it swam away.
Birsay - Standing Stone in the area
31 December (reoccurring)
At the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay, this stone would walk down to Birsay loch and would briefly dip its head into the water before moving back to its original location. Anyone foolish enough to try to observe the stone at this time would be found dead the following morning, laying by the base of the stone.
An old woodcut of a mermaid swimming past a sailing ship.
Deerness - Off coast
Late nineteenth century
These women of the water were seen dozens of times during the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. One was said to have been shot, but the body was not recovered.
Eynhallow - Exact location unknown
14 July 1990
Two birdwatchers that vanished without trace on the island after arriving with 86 other people were thought by locals to have been taken by merfolk. An extensive search by the coastguard could find no trace of the missing people.
An old woodcut of several ears of corn dropping grains.
Eynhallow - General area
Another local legend says that the ears of corn which grow here bleed if cut after dusk.
Hestwall - Clumly Farm
Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Both horse and rider were killed in an accident as they galloped back home, the rider having just disposed of a body. Now the pair only appear when the environment is right.
Holm - Deepdale
The rotting corpse of a basking shark that washed up on the beach was mistaken as a Scapasaurus or sea monster, killed by depth charges.
Hoy - Cliff top at Torness
Seen by a witness throwing themselves off the cliff edge in a mad dance, the witness said that these small men looked 'primitive', with long dark hair.
Hoy - Former lodge of Melsetter House
This phantom dog slowly disappeared as it approached the witness down a corridor in their holiday home.
Hoy - Pegal Burn
This creature would attack anyone using the bridge over the burn at night.
Hoy - Runsigill Hill, Radwick
The water horse that lived on the hill would attack people travelling along the road to Longhope.
An old postcard showing the Scapa coastline
Hoy - Scapa Flow
Attack in 1850s, diver sighting unknown
A young lad sitting on the rocks claimed he was attacked by a sea monster with a horse's mane - it tried (unsuccessfully) to clamp its teeth around his legs. Many years later, a diver reported descending to investigate a sunken German ship, only to realise he was standing on the back of a large sea monster that had made its home in the wreak.
Isle of Hunda - Hope of Hunda
The remains of a creature some 8.5 metres long were originally named as being that of a Scapasaurus, although later revealed to be a carcass of a basking shark.
Isle of Sanday - Exact area not known
Folklorist Walter Traill Dennison recorded in 1893 that there were decedents of a union between a male selkie and a woman living on the island - you could tell who the offspring were because they had webbed hands and feet.
Isle of Sanday - In the sky off coast of the island
This island, covered in fantastic white buildings, has appeared twice in the sky just off the coast. On one instance it remained viable for most of the day. Some people believe it to be the Fairy Isle, while others say it was a mirage of a part of Norway.
Isle of Sanday - Scar House
This phantom woman, known as Black Lady of Scar, was reputed to have been pushed overboard by the from a ship on a passage back to Scotland from India. She had married the laird of Scar in India, but while travelling home with her husband, he decided that the marriage was a mistake and murdered her.
Kirkwall - Inganess Bay
1904 / 1905
Two children out picking whelks were shocked when they encountered a mystery sea creature at the water's edge. They described it as being black in colour and far bigger than a seal.
An old photograph of Kirkwall Harbour
Kirkwall - Northwest of Kirkwall
25 January 1985
The Kirkwall coastguard reported a very bright spherical object with a tail, moving north west to the south east. The object then split in two. The Aberdeen coastguard reported seeing the same or similar two objects a little later.
Kirkwall - St Magnus Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
Walking around the cathedral three times at midnight shall summon a ghostly white nun. Somewhere underneath the site a phantom piper walks around ancient tunnels which connect to the Bishop's Palace.
Maeshowe - Area around the cairn
Late nineteenth century
Hogboy was the name of a hogboon, a dark and moody family spirit which lived in the cairns and became upset if milk was not offered to them after a birth or marriage in a family. This hogboon was blamed for several deaths of people and animal on a nearby farm, after the farmer ploughed up a burial mound.
An old woodcut of a large fish-like creature with legs.
North of Island - Sea
Fishermen reported a whale with characteristics of a boar in the sea in this area.
North Ronaldsay - Exact location not known
The Goodman of Wastness, a farmer by trade, stole a selkie's seal skin and hid it, forcing the woman to become his wife. After many years of marriage and a house full of children the selkie found her seal skin and ran off back to the sea, never to be seen again.
Orkney - Skaill House
Ubby is said to be a former owner of the house responsible for constructing the artificial island in the nearby loch. His ghost is one of several friendly entities which haunt the house, which also include a tall man with dark hair and the smell of cigarette smoke.
Papa Westray - General area
Reports of an extinct Great Auk being spotted alive on a beach 142 years after the last confirmed sighting turned out to be nothing more than a hoax.