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▶ The 10 Best Ghost Stories In Wales

Wales is arguably the most haunted country in the world, say Richard Holland, the author of a new book called Haunted Wales. We asked him to pick his 10 favourite ghost stories from across the country, which he relates here, in no particular order.

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Mary Queen Of Scots 

Mary Queen of Scots certainly had reason to feel aggrieved, having had her head chopped off! Her ghost has been spotted in a remarkable number of places and is probably Britain’s most prolific ghost having been seen across the length and breadth of Britain, ranging from Craignethan and Stirling Castles in the north to Bolton Castle and the Talbot Hotel in the South. Mary’s tormentor, Elizabeth I, is also believed to have appeared in ghostly form, dressed in black, in Windsor Castle.

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it tells you if there is any local ghosts in your area! 

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▶ Alien Abduction in Wales

A well researched case of alien abduction comes from Wales, and well-known researcher Margaret Fry. The case involves missing time and lost memories, a typical scenario for abduction. Multiple sightings of UFOs over the Great Orme, a legendary and mysterious mountainous region in North Wales, preceded the events of November 10, 1997 by several days. One family would have their entire lives changed within a short period of time by encountering a strange UFO.

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▶ Dark Men

The Fear Dorcha, or Dark Men of Dreams, tend to prey on the sleeping psyche of women. The details of individual dreams will differ, but the fundamental aspect of the Dark Man varies little. He is the figure on the edge - the lurker, the stalker, the intruder. Shrouded in darkness and shadow, always just out of reach for identifiable details to be distinguished, but always close enough to threaten.

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Grims or Kegrims are animal spirits that most frequently inhabit churches and burial grounds. Though their appearance may alarm the unwary, their presence may be there by device as it is their intention to protect the hallowed ground and not to defile it. It has been commented that as the oldest churches were being built, or before the first body was consigned to a necropolis, an animal was sacrificed and buried in the foundations. It was thus believed that its spirit would rise and protect the grounds from evil and wrongdoers. Alternatively it was believed that the first body to be interred in a graveyard would be claimed by the Devil. Therefore to spare a human whatever torment or servitude lay in store, the carcass of an animal would instead be buried first. Some church spirits however were not invited and not welcome. Such entities were often assumed not to be the actual spirits of animals but instead were Demons or the souls of dead Malefactors that had assumed the guise of a natural creature. Some of these evil spirits proved very difficult to exorcise or remove. In Wales such devilish spirits were most prone to take the form of horrendous black-skinned pigs, but there has been a considerable variety of strange creatures reported haunting hallowed grounds.

▶ Alien Big Cats In Ireland and Britain

Phantom cats, also known as Alien Big Cats (ABCs), are large felines, such as jaguars or cougars, which have been purported to appear in regions outside their indigenous range. Sightings, tracks and predation have been reported in a number of countries and states including Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Eastern United States, Hawaii and Luxembourg

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▶ Spunkies

Also known as: Tarans, Spunks, Pisgies, Souls, Soullh, Sowlth.
Appearing as ethereal waifs, disembodied lights or as white moths, Spunkies are believed to be the wandering souls of children who have died before being baptised. As they have not formally been given a name in the eyes of God, and as they did not have chance to be rid of Original Sin (the sin committed by Adam and Eve, said by the Catholic Church to be inherited by everybody at birth and only rid through the sacrament of Baptism), these dead children do not appear in Saint Peter’s ledger and cannot gain entry into Heaven. Instead they are doomed to wander the earth until Judgement Day. Spunkies do not seem to intend any harm to living human beings and may only approach them out of loneliness, or the hope that they may be given a name that will grant them rest. At sea however, where the Spunkies can also appear, they have been blamed for the loss of lives and boats. Mistaking their luminescence for landing lights, sea-faring vessels were said to have headed towards the lonesome Spunkies, only to be torn apart upon the reefs.

▶ The Black Dog


The origins of the black dog are difficult to discern. It is possible  the creature originated from the Celtic culture. It has been seen through out some parts of Europe, mostly in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. 

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▶ Pack Horse Ghost

Pack Horse Bridge in Caergwrle, Wales is where this odd ghost photo was taken. The bridge was constructed back in the 17th Century next to a graveyard and allowed trains of horses, donkeys and mules to cross the River Alyn.

A team from the Cheshire Paranormal Society photographed a strange white figure crossing Pack Horse footbridge late at night during one of their vigils. It is said a total of three spirits haunt Pack Horse bridge, a young girl and two older women. Many people in Wales claim to have seen a ghostly woman dressed in black silk walking along the bridge at dusk.

Although this was just a random shot, orbs had been captured by the group already and several members felt uneasy at the time. It’s believed a number of ghosts haunt this bridge possibly in connection with a former burial ground nearby, for which the bridge was the entrance.