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Ayrshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Black Mist

Location: Alloway - Kirk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1939
Further Comments: Two American tourists fled the area after encountering a dark mist that drifted towards the ruined kirk. They reported the mist created a sound like a barrel being rolled along the road. Likely contenders for more ghosts to be found here include a woman who committed suicide, a tramp found dead on the site, and a murdered child.


Location: Ardrossan - Castle Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: An old haunt during his life, it is only fitting it should become one for Sir William Wallace after death.

One Armed Man

Location: Ayr - Alloway Street, and public house at top
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen around this area, and sometimes further away, this man with a bloody stump is thought to have lost his arm when attacked by an angry mob.

Misty Figure

Location: Ayr - Tower of St John's
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 March (reoccurring)
Further Comments: It is unsure whether this grey man is a builder, friar or warrior.

A strange black dog standing in the mist.

Black Dog

Location: Ayr - Wooded areas
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mistakenly blamed for killing a child, it was later discovered that the dog had tried to defend the infant from a wolf (a la Gelert). However, this hound was less forgiving for its former master's murderous action and now runs around the dense woodland.

Grey Lady

Location: Brodick - Killmichael County House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the smoky female shade which haunts the hotel.

A stylised cast-iron mermaid.

Mermaid Curse

Location: Colmonell - Knockdolian Castle
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mistress of the castle ordered the destruction of a black rock which stood just a short distance away, to prevent a mermaid sitting upon it and singing. As revenge, the mermaid cursed the family, ensuring they all died without leaving an heir for the estate.


Location: Craigie - Dead tree (exact area not known)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With her dying breath, a witch hanged from this tree cursed the area around it, ensuring nothing would ever grow.

Dropped by a Witch

Location: Craigie - Witches Stone (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch picked up this large stone, placing it in her apron and flying towards the church, with the intent of dropping it on the building. Before reaching her target, one of her apron strings snapped, and the rock fell. The stone was later blown up by a farmer and removed.

Flying Saucer with Lights

Location: Crosshouse - Sky above the village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: A mother thought her daughter had been attacked after hearing her screaming along the road. As she ran inside, the mother received a call from the mother of her daughter's friend who said that they had seen a flying saucer with coloured lights around it. The mother ran outside and spotted the object in the sky.


Location: Cumnock - Tup Inn (now Jenny Tear's)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Several times the owner heard footsteps in the room above him, although the room was always empty when he investigated.

Male Figure

Location: Dalry - B708 just outside of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 08 February 2014 and April 2015
Further Comments: In 2014, a driver braked as a stooped, grey male figure walked out in front of their car. The driver put their headlights on full beam, but the figure had vanished. Just over a year later, another witness in a car spotted a hooded figure sitting by the roadside. When the witness stopped to see if the figure was okay, it had vanished.

White Worm

Location: Dalry - Mote Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local blacksmith eventually killed this beast by constructing a suit of armour covered with retractable spikes. The creature swallowed the smith whole who then wriggled so violently that the monster's intestines were ripped to shreds.

Bum Pincher

Location: Dundonald - Castleview public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2004
Further Comments: Owners of this pub called in paranormal investigators after staff reported having their bottoms pinched by an invisible assailant. Disembodied footsteps were also heard on site.

Tall Hairy Man

Location: Dundonald - Dundonald castle area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: While out with her dogs, a holiday maker saw a three metre tall man, with red glowing eyes and long grey hair that covered his body. The creature moved away, and the woman thought it better not to pursue.

John Knox

Location: Galston - Cessnock Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Quoting religious texts, Knox is said to walk around the castle grounds.

White Woman

Location: Galston - Loudon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War
Further Comments: Though not seen recently, the stories of the white lady still exist.

Lady Flora Hastings

Location: Galston - Loudon Kirk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 March 2011
Further Comments: The Ayrshire Paranormal Investigation team reported photographing a dark grey shadow by a tree during a stake out of this area. The team also detected the smell of old perfume or scented oil, heard whispering voices and spotted a flicking light by a gravestone.

Dead Sea Serpent

Location: Girvan - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1953
Further Comments: When fishermen discovered the rotting body of a creature just under ten metres in length, possessing a head of a camel and a neck resembling a giraffe's, the media immediately compared the creature with the Loch Ness Monster. However, natural history scientists dismissed the creature as either a decaying whale or basking shark.

An illustration of Brodick Castle from the book The Antiquities of Arran.

Grey Lady

Location: Isle of Arran - Brodick Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The grey lady is thought to have died from the plague in 1700 - she was locked in the basement to ensure no one else contracted the disease. A man in a green jacket is also reported to haunt the library, while an albino deer appeared twice in the twentieth century, both times coinciding with the death of the head of the Hamilton Family.


Location: Isle of Arran - Skies over area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 05 February 1985
Further Comments: High in the sky, this mushroom shaped object was said by the witness to be bright blue underneath. The ufo was also seen be the witness's wife and two daughters.

Resting Creature

Location: Isle of Arran - Unknown beach on the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1931
Further Comments: This sea monster was observed resting on rocks - it was described as looking like a seal, though it had a parrot-like beak and was bigger than an elephant.

Protective Voice

Location: Kilmarnock - Craufurdland bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hoard of treasure is reported to be hidden under the bridge, though if anyone comes too close to discovering it, a voice talks them into leaving the scene empty handed.

An old postcard showing Dean Castle.

Rolling Head

Location: Kilmarnock - Dean Castle
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female servant in the building once saw her master's decapitated head roll across the floor in front of her, even though he was still alive and well in another part of the building. Exactly a year later, the Laird lost his head in the Tower of London. In more recent years, an old woman dressed in black has been seen on site, radiating an evil aura.

Man on Stairs

Location: Kirkmichael - Cloncaird Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unknown figure blocks the stairway, vanishing if approached.

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