Fairies dance in the woods.
Aberfoyle - Fairy Hill
The Rev Robert Kirk is said to have been kidnapped by fairies here. He appeared in ethereal form a couple of times after the event, begging for help in escaping from the fairy world.
Aberfoyle - Goblin's Cave, north base of Ben Venue
This cave and the surrounding area are said to be the meeting place of many Urisk.
Blackness - Blackness Castle
This vexed spirit chased a female witness out of the castle during a sightseeing tour. Banging sounds have also been reported, with no source ever being found.
Blanefield - Blane Valley Inn?
This phantom lady is said to haunt the area surrounding the bar, although her presence is more likely to felt then seen.
Breadalbane - Hills around the area
Urisk were said to be part human and part fairy, and shunned by both races. They would sometimes be seen sitting by the roadside or loitering outside farms and other buildings in want of food.
Cumbernauld - Castle Cary
Miss Baillie ran away from her parents after falling in love with a young laird from the Lennox. The shock of this outrageous behaviour killed her father (the laird was a member of the Graham family, who had participated in setting the castle alight during the years of persecution), and now Lizzie's ghost returns to his grave out of respect. The site is also haunted by Sir William Baillie.
Drymen - Buchanan Castle
Twentieth century, summer months between 23:00h and dawn (reoccurring)
Strange whisperings and sounds have been reported coming from the area of land where this castle stands.
Drymen - Finnich Glen, aka Devil's Pulpit
Legend - Old Nick
The Devil would stand on this site and preach to his followers below.
Dunblane - Bridgehill area
A pedlar by the name of Scobie who once lived here was said to make his living by trading with fairies. On the evening prior to his disappearance, on neighbour spotted him and said he looked 'fay-like'. A few months later his body was discovered in a glen which was then named Scobie's Wood.
Fintry - Culcreach (or Culcreuch) Castle, Chinese Bird Room
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!
Fintry - Fintry Inn
This inn is reputedly haunted by a female spirit, and although she is said to be non-threatening, little is known about her.
Kilbryde - Kilbryde castle and chapel
Unknown - late nineteenth century?
A gamekeeper who spotted a woman's face at the window of the empty castle quickly gathered assistance to discover who the intruder was. The men found nothing, and so the white lady was blamed for the sighting. The ghostly lady was also seen by others at the chapel; an old blacksmith tried to speak to her, causing the phantom to disappear.
A phantom lady in white.
Kilbryde - Kilbryde Castle and Glen
Fifteenth or sixteenth century
A young lady of the Cromlix family fell in love with Sir Malise Graham (known as the Black Knight of Kilbryde), who returned the feelings by murdering her and hiding the body. The woman's ghost returned, dressed in white and covered in blood, beckoning any witness who spotted her to approach. Most ran away, until one man did as the ghost requested. The woman then led the man to a nearby glen where he discovered a woman's body; the ghost returned no more.
Polmont - Skies of village
Four orange lights were seen moving across the sky at night, their speed said to be several times quicker than other aircraft.
The haunted manor house no longer stands.
Stirling - Rownam Avenue, and area of former manor house
Late nineteenth century
The wife of a former owner of the local manor house, this white woman drifted down the road after dusk for many years after her death. Sometimes the stories colour her green, like so many other ghostly women in this part of the world.
Mary Queen of Scots.
Stirling - Stirling Castle
A photograph taken in the 1970s shows what could be a spectral figure walking along the cobbled path. Reports of phantom footsteps echoing down corridors have also been reported at the castle, and a green lady has been observed. Not to be forgotten, some also say a woman in a pink silken dress stalks the area outside the fort, and she is named as Mary Queen of Scots.
Stirling - The King's Knot
A non-invasive survey of this earthworks revealed a circular structure beneath the ground which predates the visible earth, lending credence to the legend that King Arthur gathered his knights on the site.
Stirling - Tolbooth Theatre / public house
Allan Mair was a prisoner held at this former jail. He died on site and was buried within the grounds. Manifesting in eighteenth century clothing, Mair is also held responsible for smashing bottles of alcohol and creating noises where the cells once held him.
Thornhill - Lion and Unicorn Inn
Annie is said to be a shy ghost who wears green, only appearing to people who are by themselves.