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Stirling Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Fairies dance in the woods.


Location: Aberfoyle - Fairy Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1692
Further Comments: 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.


Location: Aberfoyle - Goblin's Cave, north base of Ben Venue
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cave and the surrounding area are said to be the meeting place of many Urisk.

Angry Knight

Location: Blackness - Blackness Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: 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.

White Lady

Location: Blanefield - Blane Valley Inn?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom lady is said to haunt the area surrounding the bar, although her presence is more likely to felt then seen.


Location: Breadalbane - Hills around the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: 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.

Lizzie Baillie

Location: Cumbernauld - Castle Cary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: 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.


Location: Drymen - Buchanan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, summer months between 23:00h and dawn (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Strange whisperings and sounds have been reported coming from the area of land where this castle stands.

Meeting Place

Location: Drymen - Finnich Glen, aka Devil's Pulpit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil would stand on this site and preach to his followers below.

Taken by Fairies?

Location: Dunblane - Bridgehill area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: 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.

Playing Harp

Location: Fintry - Culcreach (or Culcreuch) Castle, Chinese Bird Room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: 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!


Location: Fintry - Fintry Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn is reputedly haunted by a female spirit, and although she is said to be non-threatening, little is known about her.

White Lady

Location: Kilbryde - Kilbryde castle and chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: 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.

Bloodied Woman

Location: Kilbryde - Kilbryde Castle and Glen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Fifteenth or sixteenth century
Further Comments: 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.

Orange Lights

Location: Polmont - Skies of village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: November 2017
Further Comments: 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.

Lady in White

Location: Stirling - Rownam Avenue, and area of former manor house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: 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.

Man in Highland Dress

Location: Stirling - Stirling Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: 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.

The Round Table?

Location: Stirling - The King's Knot
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: 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.

Allan Mair

Location: Stirling - Tolbooth Theatre / public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: 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.


Location: Thornhill - Lion and Unicorn Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Annie is said to be a shy ghost who wears green, only appearing to people who are by themselves.

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