Scottish Myths & Legends
Published on Jan 21, 2014
“Scottish Myths & Legends” explores the magic, mystery and sprinkling of mayhem that covers the dramatic landscape of Scotland. From the ancient tales of the Loch Ness Monster to the stories of shape shifting Kelpies, we go on a fascinating journey of discovery to uncover the stories behind the myths and the magnificent Scottish landscape that has inspired these truly legendary legends.
In the first century AD, Roman author Pliny the Younger recorded one of the first notable ghost stories in his letters in which he started by asking: “I am extremely desirous therefore to know your sentiments concerning specters, whether you believe they actually exist and have their own proper shapes and a measure of divinity, or are only the false impressions of a terrified imagination?”. Pliny reported that the specter of an old man, “extremely meagre and squalid, with a long beard and bristling hair”, rattling chains on his feet and hands, was haunting a house in Athens. Centuries later, in 856 AD, a poltergeist was reported at a farmhouse in Germany where it tormented the family living there by, among other things, throwing stones and starting fires.
The Top Ten Paranormal Sightings of Ireland
Chilling tales of spirit encounters around the country
From specters to strange appearances, here are ten of some of Ireland’s most recent encounters with ghosts and spirits. Are you a believer or a skeptic?
1. Virgin and Child on stump, Rathkeale
Legend has it that a female specter which haunted the churchyard in Rathkeale, Limerick was so terrifying that all who looked upon her died soon after. A local man banished the ghost by slicing off her arm with his sword and praying for the rest of the night. In an odd coincidence in 2009, the Limerick Newsire reported that a tree stump in the churchyard contains the image of the Virgin Mary and Child, and that hundreds of visitors had come to the area to pray.
2. Short Green Men, Galway
Perhaps a leprechaun sighting? In 1992, a fifteen year old boy spied two figures, just over a meter tall, sea fishing on the Aran Islands in Galway. The figures were each reportedly dressed in green and wearing brown shoes, and were speaking to each other in Irish before they disappeared. One of the small figures left behind a pipe which the 15 year old witness took possession of, although it curiously disappeared later despite being “safely” locked away.
3. Waiting Lady at Ardgillan Castle, Dublin
In a location known as The Lady’s Stairs at Ardgillan Castle in Dublin, there have been reports of a recurring apparition of lady, known as the Waiting Lady. The phantom woman is said to be waiting for her husband, who had drowned one night, to return, leaving his wife waiting on the bridge for him. One version of the story says that whoever sees the Lady on Halloween night will be picked up and thrown into the ocean.
4. Lilac Balls of Light, Dublin
Reports are split as to what these apparent balls of light spotted in Glenasmole, Bohernabreena Dublin, actually are. Some locals believe that their lilac color lends themselves to be fairies, while others believe the lights are the manifestation of a lady who lost her way in a snowstorm in the Middle Ages and died. It’s said that she now manifests herself in these balls of light to guide others home safely.
5. Headless Horseman, Dublin
Roper’s Rest, off Blackpitts Road in Dublin, was the home of Thomas Roper who became Viscount Baltinglass. Local residents have accounted for a headless horseman riding by after nightfall. Although no specific connection has been established between Roper’s Rest and the horseman, it is rumored to be associated with a gruesome incident in which a member of the Roper family died and was unattended to for several days before burial.
6. Screams of Spanish Soldiers at Dun an Oir, County Kerry
Over eight hundred Spanish soldiers landed in the area of Dun an Oir in 580, overrunning an English garrison. Spanish reinforcements failed to come, however, and their victory was short lived when more English troops arrived forcing the Spaniards to surrender and meet their deaths. Their death throes echo around the area on October 1st, the anniversary of their defeat.
7. Robed Figure at Kilbeggan Distillery, Kerry
Whiskey isn’t the only spirit at this Kerry distillery. In 2007, several people were reported to have seen a robed figure walking around the site which is the oldest distillery in the world, dating back to 1757. The West Meath Examiner reports that Derek Acorah, the star of TV`s `Most Haunted` and `Ghost Towns`, said he felt ‘engulfed’ by spirits when he entered the distillery.
8. Weeping Statue in Dungloe at the Kerrytown Shrine, Donegal
The Independent reports that on September 29, 2009, fourteen people claimed to witness crosses that formed in the sky above the shrine, before the statue became animated and began to weep. The shrine has become a popular site after producing a religious apparition seventy years ago.
9. War Staff Apparitions, City of Derry Airport
This Derry Airport, formerly known as Eglinton Air Base, was a thriving location in the 1940s as it served as a base during WWII. Staff there have reported seeing figures dressed in World War II clothing around the airport.
10. Rocking Virgin Mary at Ballinspittle Grotto, Cork
Cathy O’Mahony and her mother observed the statue of the Virgin Mary rocking on its heels on July 22 1985. The following night they returned with friends who observed the same event. Since this time, tens of thousands of people have visited the shrine in the hope of seeing something. The Independent reports more recently that O’Mahony stands by her observations, despite others ridiculing her.
Published on Sep 7, 2014
Castle Ghosts of the British Isles: Ireland (Paranormal Documentary)
Meet the unearthly residents of Britain’s most haunted homes in this spine-chilling investigation of legendary ghosts. Eerie reenactments shot on location make you tremble through England’ s Sudeley Castle, Mucaster Castle and the Tower of London. Shiver through Scotland’s notorious Glamis, Duntrune and Fyvie Castles. Steel your nerves in Ireland’s mystical Leap Castle and Castle Leslie. And linger if you dare in the brooding mountains, valleys and castles of Wales, where dastardly deeds still stir the air.
Ireland, the land of saints and scholars, of poets and fairies, is also a country of legends and myths. Castle Ghosts of Ireland is a journey to this land rich in mystery and ancient lore, exploring the eerie halls of Leap Castle & Castle Leslie, where a history of the supernatural and an aura of mysticism abound. Scotland has a turbulent past, filled with bloody feuds, heroic deeds and dark treachery.
10) Redwood National Forest – Orick
9) Lassen National Forest – Hat Creek
8) Cleveland National Forest – San Diego
7) Sequoia National Forest – Porterville
6) Eldorado National Forest – Placerville
5) Tahoe National Forest – Placer
4) Los Padres National Forest – Santa Barbara
3) Angeles National Forest – Arcadia
2) Stanislaus National Forest – Sonora
1) Forest of Nisene – Aptos
Blackwater River is a popular tubing spot with a dark
past. A woman with long black hair smelling of rotting flesh haunts the water
and will attempt to drag you to your death if you can’t escape her clutches. No
matter what is causing people to drown in the river, it would be wise to be
careful when taking a dip.