A warm welcome to the home of Mostly Ghostly Investigations – Dumfries and Galloway’s first paranormal investigation team and creators of a range of well-researched ghost and local history tours encompassing everything from Scotland’s most haunted road to an intriguing vampire legend dating back to the 12th century. We are proud winners of the 2012 & 2014 Dumfries & Galloway Life Tourism Champion Awards.
Now in our eighth year as paranormal investigators, Mostly Ghostly, as our name suggests, are mainly focused on ghosts and hauntings, however we welcome reports of big cat sightings, UFOs, ostensible reincarnation and many other fascinating aspects of the paranormal and supernatural. United by our close friendships and determination to explore and evidence the unknown, we have all experienced something, both personally and collectively, that we cannot find a current explanation for.
The team has since developed and diversified, creating five exciting tours showcasing elements unique to our region. While exploring innovative ways to fund our research visits, we had the idea of developing a ghost walk for Dumfries. With our existing passion for ghost stories and local studies combined with a desire to promote tourism and culture in the region, it seemed like a natural progression. Our philosophy is that a good story well told needs little in the way of artistic license; each event takes months of careful research to create a truly authentic experience.
So how did our project come about? In October 2007, we submitted a ghost story appeal to the local newspapers. By this time, the decision was made to create a paranormal team. One frenetic year of research and preparation later (including a 20-week Glasgow University class on psychical research), we officially launched at Scotland’s oldest working theatre – Dumfries Theatre Royal, leading to a long-standing, successful partnership. Our Theatre visit was closely followed by a trip to the Garlieston Road in Wigtownshire and old Galloway Gazette building in Newton Stewart. We soon discovered a diverse range of locations and and were experiencing happenings of an equally diverse nature . We feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to conduct investigations all over the region and beyond including; Mount Sydney Inn, Dumfries, Carnsalloch House, Kirkton, Brougham Hall in Penrith and the nerve-shredding Pittenweem Clock Tower.
Our investigation formats have always been kept simple and straightforward, incorporating a range of modern and traditional methods that are less prone to environmental influences. We pride ourselves in keeping an informed, open mind and not becoming overwhelmed with gimmicks and gadgets. We recognise the importance of eliminating as many physical, psychological and environmental factors as possible before drawing a conclusion and liaise closely with experts in their respective fields who are an invaluable source of knowledge and support.
Keeping people informed about our work is a big team priority which achieved through talks, presentations, social and conventional media and of course, our fantastic website. Kathleen has written 70+ articles for award winning magazine – Dumfries & Galloway Life – spanning well over seven years. To celebrate the magazine’s 50th issue, Kathleen wrote a feature on 50 of the region’s most haunted locations. She is now writing a book on the ghosts of Dumfries & Galloway.
Mostly Ghostly has become an established name both in Dumfries and Galloway as well as further afield. We will continue to highlight our profile so that anyone who wishes to arrange an investigation or has a story to tell knows exactly who to contact and how to go about it.