Welcome to Mostly Ghostly’s fabulous 50th blog!
For over a year now, we’ve been providing our valued web visitors with regular, informative updates covering a wide range of subjects such as paranormal investigations in Dumfries and Galloway, local ghost stories, ghost tours and paranormal events. We felt the best way to mark this ‘Mostly milestone’ was to bring you a round-up of all the latest developments, highlighting the diversity of our ever-evolving project…
Gretna Green Investigation: On Friday 16th August, we carried out the first official paranormal investigation at Gretna Green Tourist Attractions. You may find it strange that our attention wasn’t centred on the World Famous Blacksmith’s Shop – although I’m sure it’s walls have endless stories to tell – but a 20 year old building that now houses ‘The Wee Big Shop’. Ever since a wall was knocked down in March 2012 to make more room, a whole range of mysterious activities have been witnessed. Whilst researching ghost stories for our new haunted road trip, we met with Alan Air, who promotes the attractions and staff in the shop including manager, Cath Johnston and shop assistant, Karen Nicholson. Through conversation, we discovered all sorts of strange happenings, some displaying characteristics of poltergeist activitiy. Books have jumped off shelves, a key flew through the air, sounds of footsteps have been heard and sweeties were found positioned in a pattern on the floor. We will be posting a blog in the near future sharing some of our findings, which to say the least, were very exciting! One of our higher profile investigations, news of Gretna Green’s ghosts and our imminent visit were featured in; Dumfries and Galloway Standard, Daily Record, Annandale Herald, Carlisle News & Star, BBC Radio Scotland and a host of internet sources. (click on links to read the story)
Haunted Highways Tour: With just over two months until the highly anticipated launch of our ghost-coach trip, the heat is on! Much research has taken place into Scotland’s most haunted road – the A75 – along with stories from surrounding locations, we’ve had a fab logo designed, tickets are now on sale and the promotional work is well underway. Having gathered a wealth of information, we are developing the many stories linked to the A75 ghost road (both old and new parts) which in addition to promotion, will be our main focus until the big event kicks off. Check out our new web pages; Haunted Highways Tour, Tickets Please! and Highways Enquiries.
Dumfries Ghost Walk: Now well into the third summer season of our flagship ghost tour, we’ve had a splendid time welcoming lots of new people from all over Britain along with some overseas tourists. On one of our tours, we had a wonderful, eclectic group with visitors from Italy, Canada and Holland. It’s a real pleasure meeting folk and there’s something very satisfying when previous participants return to glean more information or bring along different guests, which happens more often than we imagined. This support is fantastic and a real compliment to the team. We aim to give our participants an unforgettable experience and take great pride in guiding them through the streets of dark Dumfries. We’re also getting more private ghost walk bookings and enjoyed a lively evening with a group of young folk from bonnie Islay who were down for Youth Beatz festival. The group were in great spirits and full of enthusiasm; we had brilliant fun telling them about the horrid history of our town.
Haunted Theatre Tour: It’s building up to the Bank Holiday Weekend and what better way to spend it than an a night at the theatre! Instead of simply watching a show, this is your chance to be take centre stage, explore behind the scenes and delve into the unknown! Join us and experience the enchanting character of this fine old building. Tickets from Midsteeple Box Office.
Mostly Ghostly on Camera: Out of the blue, we received a call from Thorsten Kupferschlaeger, a German media producer who is working on a short series covering haunted locations in Britain. Thorsten and his cousin, Christian, were travelling around Scotland interviewing and filming for the series. They spent time at the Globe Inn and Comlongon Castle before meeting with John at Dumfries Theatre Royal who spent the evening showing the guys around, being filmed and telling ghost stories of Scotland’s oldest working theatre. The following morning, Kathleen, James and John met with the guys out at Lochmaben Castle where they shared accounts of the infamous Lochmaben Vampire along with details from our investigation of the castle and grounds. Kathleen and John were filmed (a fun but nerve-wracking experience!) before a series of photos were taken around the castle. I’d like to give a special mention to the one and only John Hill, who at the time, was suffering with an allergy and still made a stellar effort to help despite his discomfort – thank you John! We wish Thorsten and Christian all the very best with their project and will update you once we have more news.
Day of the Region: Still on Lochmaben Castle, we are thrilled to be working with Day of the Region on a new outdoor tour that will debut on Saturday October 5th. Here’s a wee teaser to whet the appetite; Join paranormal investigators, Mostly Ghostly, for an informative woodland walk to Lochmaben Castle. As darkness falls, our intrepid guides will lead you on an eerie lantern-lit procession through the Castle Loch Woodland, where a vampire is said to lurk and ‘ghaists and houlets nightly cry’… More info coming soon!
Carnsalloch House: Foreboding, intriguing, haunting, the enduring mysteries of Carnsalloch stimulate the senses on many levels. Readers may be aware of our various investigations into the hauntings at Carnsalloch and every so often another piece of prized info comes our way. Within the space of a fortnight, two independent sources have come forward to share their views and experiences which rather interestingly, connect with our own. John bumped into an old friend in town, who spoke of the times he visited Carnsalloch with his son and the unnerving feeling they picked up in the grounds and outside of the house. Another lady contacted the team to describe a disquieting feeling whilst walking her dog. Around the area of Carnsalloch stable block, driveway and at the actual house itself, she had the distinct feeling of being watched, understandably, she was very uncomfortable and went on to say that her dog was behaving rather strangely…
Talks & Presentations: We really enjoy giving talks to e.g. community groups and local businesses and so far this year, we’ve received requests from all over Dumfries and Galloway to come and speak. Our talks can be tailored in length to suit your event and we are always open to new ideas and opportunities for partnership working. Later this year, we’ll be visiting Lockerbie Library for a children’s Halloween event, the Off the Wall Café in Brampton and Ae Village for the local WRI. Talks are a great way of engaging with communities, promoting interaction and discussion. One of the best bits is chatting with people afterwards and collecting up personal accounts of ghosts and other strange phenomena – everyone has a story to tell!
Private Investigation: The chance to gain full access to a safe, pleasant (and water-tight!) property is much sought after by paranormal investigators. A ‘controlled’ environment can be tricky come by and with the luxury of time, space and freedom, we were invited to check out a private location near Dumfries where amongst other things, the apparition of a man has been seen in one of the bedrooms. During our fascinating visit, Kathleen and Billy heard mumbled voices, James repeatedly felt cold shivers, the whole team heard prolonged footsteps in an upstairs room and John got an incredible fright after hearing a loud bang from the room behind him…
Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine: The spectactular September issue of DGLife has just hit the shelves and the high standards of writing and photography throughout the magazine never cease to impress. This month, you can read about our paranormal investigation near Moffat. I’ve just sent in my column for the October edition and although I can hardly believe it, we’ve been involved with the magazine for almost five years! It’s a real honour being part of such a well respected publication and I’ve plenty of spooky stories up my sleeve for readers to look forward to in the coming months!
Thank you all for your continued support. Please come back again soon so you can catch up on all the news. If you’d like to speak to us for any reason, please contact the team through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.