Gary Robertson 🂡 Ever since I was a child I was fascinated with the paranormal.
Like most kids I wanted answers to the mysteries of life death and perhaps what's next if anything at all. Whilst Scooby Doo would have us believe all ghosts are in fact unscrupulous investors desperate to lay claim to some piece of prime real estate, every year many people claim to witness paranormal happenings. unexplained events. So I started thinking about this and here are my Top 4 haunted locations worth a visit. Who knows your story might become part of the lore of these lands.
From Gretna to Stranraer, the A75 trunk road is the main artery of travel between Scottish and Irish ports and allegedly the most haunted road in the UK if not the world. Ghostly visions of old hags, eyeless apparitions, and strange unearthly creatures abound along every mile of this stretch of tarmac. Couples are often seen walking hand in hand in my middle of the road wearing period Victorian clothing only to disappear in the blink of an eye. One of the most bizarre sightings ever to have taken place there was in 1962 by the Ferguson brothers who were shocked to witness a "phantom furniture van" appear on the road and disappear as quickly. Make of this as you will.
Cannock Chase Woods in Staffordshire are considered by many a hotspot of paranormal activity. Whilst Rendlesham Forest has its infamous UFO sighting, Cannock Chase has so much more to scare you. From your standard wailing apparition to the pigman - a half man half pig being that inhabits the woods but most frightening of all the Black Eyed Children. Sightings of these BEKs go back many many years, young children who as the name suggest have solid black eyes: soulless creatures who will lure you into the forest and inflict upon you a horrific death. Many are led to believe these are the victims of child killer Raymond Leslie Morris who in the 1960s murdered 3 children in Cannock Chase Woods
Leap Castle, Co Offaly Ireland. Whilst investigating this piece I knew Leap Castle would ultimately make the list. A must for all paranormal investigators and indeed a castle with a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of years. In the 1500s O'Carroll the former head of the O'Carroll clan and "laird" of Leap Castle invited local clans people to a feast and as they sat to sup and share stories they were massacred by the O'Carrolls. The murder of a priest in what is now known as The Bloody Chapel by his own brother, reports of demons, ghosts and elementals abound. In 1922 a previously unknown dungeon was found and it is reported that 3 cartloads of human bones were removed from this sinister room.
Oystermouth Castle on Swansea bay Wales dating back to the 12th century, this imposing building has witnessed many battles and bloodshed. The most famous apparition associated with Oystermouth is "The woman in white." And whilst there seems to be some confusion as to whether she was a former servant or prisoner, one thing that is generally agreed upon is the manner of her death. Chained to a post and whipped to death for reasons unknown she wanders the grounds in tears and has been witnessed by many from children to adults. Rather creepily enough the actual whipping post itself still stands in the dungeon as a stark reminder of darker days past.
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