we are thrilled to be launching a unique new ghost tour…
As I write, temperatures are soaring; the summer has arrived suddenly and intensely, with long scorching days and sweltering nights. Our summer ghost tours have begun and those who embrace the heat are sauntering around, blissfully soaking up the sun, whilst others like nothing better than a cool, darkened room in which to relax and escape the glare.
In the midst of this unexpected heatwave, I find myself looking ahead to autumn, my favourite season; to crisp chills, crunching leaves, bright, vibrant days and nights where the darkness stealthily creeps in, the last vestiges of summer ebbing away to herald this glorious prequel to winter. Therein lies the month of October, an exceptionally busy month for Mostly Ghostly Investigations. Halloween marks the anniversary of our team launch and also the inception of our Dumfries Ghost Walk venture. This year, just prior to this special date and to mark our 5th birthday, we are thrilled to be launching a unique new ghost tour – Haunted Highways. In partnership with Stacey’s Coaches of Carlisle, we will take a group of intrepid passengers on a coach trip with a difference! Beginning at Dumfries Whitesands, our tour will weave its way along old and new parts of what is said to be Scotland’s, and possibly Britain’s, most haunted road. We recently issued a news release, whetting the appetite with tales of roadside phantoms and their otherworldly ilk.
What makes this ghostly coach tour stand out even more is that it focuses on a famously haunted road. There’s something about the classic phantom hitchhiker story that mesmerises and unnerves those who hear it. Some talk of the phantom hitchhiker urban legend, the classic tale that always happens to friend of a friend, where typically, a man travelling along a lonely stretch of road offers assistance to a young girl in distress and just before they reach their destination, she disappears. The A75 however, turns this story onto it’s head, spins it round and spits out something that can seep into our most base fears; knocking someone over, killing someone, injuring ourselves in the process, all of these thoughts bursting in as time itself seems to slow down to an almost unbearable pace, each terrifying scenario flashing through the driver’s mind. Of course, mercifully there is no accident and the white-hot terror gives way to shock before a sense of relief and disbelief takes over. There are no casualties to contend with but who on earth was that standing infront of my car and perhaps even more confoundingly, where on earth did they disappear to?
We will of course tell you a little more about the alleged A75 hauntings on ghost alley at Kinmount Straight and the second and equally active ghost alley between Gretna and Annan in a new section dedicated to the tour. This section will be with you in the next 2-3 weeks (please can I have a 25 hour day?!) and will feature all the essentials; tour-teasers, booking info and frequently asked questions. A further page will be added should passengers start reporting their own ghostly road encounters, you just never know…
We are delighted to be selling tickets for this event at Visit Scotland visitor centres throughout Dumfries & Galloway; Dumfries, Gretna, Moffat, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet. Tickets will be on sale very soon – watch this space!
Haunted Highways Tour launches on Saturday 26th October at 7pm. To book your place, share a ghost story or to make an enquiry, please contact the team through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.