All posts tagged "Ayrshire"

  • Paranormal
    Pipers and the Supernatural

    MJ STEEL COLLINS notes the supernatural qualities of Scotland's bagpipes and the spirits who play them...

  • Paranormal
    Scotland’s most haunted castles you probably don’t know

    MJ STEEL COLLINS looks at some of the less-well known haunted castles of Scotland

  • Dark History
    Cannibal! 13 things you need to know about Sawney Bean

    MJ STEEL COLLINS gives us 13 gruesome facts on Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean

  • Dark History
    Tam O’Shanter Overture

    Let's finish off Spooky Scotland Week with the terrifying Tam O'Shanter Overture, Op. 51 by Sir Malcolm Arnold.

  • Paranormal
    The Ghosts of Culzean Castle, Scotland

    MJ STEEL COLLINS uncovers the Ghosts of Culzean Castle in Ayrshire

  • Books
    The Sorry Tale of Tam O’Shanter

    Here’s a fun film based on Robbie Burns’ spooky Scottish tale of Tam O’Shanter. It was made by Tom Cross Animation with Year Five school children from Southwark in London. The animation has been performed at the Barbican, The Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre and the Festival Hall. Each time accompanied by London...

  • Dark History
    Sawney Bean’s Cave – Ten Minute Tour VIDEO

    A ten minute, single-shot tour of “Sawney Bean’s Cave”.  The cave can be found at Bennane Head – 2 miles north of Ballantrae, 8 miles south of Girvan – in Ayrshire, Scotland.  Read more about Sawney Bean on Spooky Isles here.

  • News
    Who was Sawney Bean?

    Sawney Bean, the cave-dwelling cannibal, is one of Scotland’s most shocking and gruesome legends. A new horror movie, starring David Hayman, is being premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival, but who was Sawney Bean? Forget Hannibal Lecter, Caledonian cannibal Sawney Bean makes him look like a fussy eater. According to legend, the...

  • News
    How ‘Sawney’ Bean went from an Ayrshire cave to global infamy

    THIS 16th century monster set up home in a cave near Ballantrae, Ayrshire, with Agnes Douglas and their murderous clan and for 25 years the incestuous family robbed ­hundreds of travellers, then killed and ate them. ALEXANDER “SAWNEY” BEAN was a monster from the 16th century who makes ­Hannibal Lecter look like...

  • News
    David Hayman on getting his teeth into cannibal Sawney Bean

    Actor David Hayman has taken the title role in Sawney: Flesh of Man. The horror film which “has touches of black humour”, according to Hayman, is an updated version of the cannibal legend of Sawney Bean – who is said to have terrorised travellers along the Ayrshire coast. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

  • News
    Chilling Alloway ghost walks prove a hit

    If this place could talk, you might not come back. But for one man, the stories of Alloway’s Auld Kirk are a fascination, not a fear. And ghoulish guide, Cameron Bell, is on a mission to educate modern day Ayrshire on its chilling past. His notorious ghost walks have returned for another...

  • Dark History
    Sawney Bean is coming to our screens

    The Spooky Isles talks to Ricky Wood Jr - director of upcoming Scottish horror film, Sawney: Flesh of Man

  • Books
    The Legend of Sawney Bean, please make it true!

    Guest writer KATRINA SAUNDERSON dusts off an old copy of Ronald Holmes's book: The Legend of Sawney Bean and is horrified what she discovered - Sawney Bean may never have existed!

  • Books
    Raise a glass to Tam o’Shanter

    TODAY is Robbie Burn's Birthday and we take a look at the Scottish bard's spookiest poem, the epic Tam o'Shanter!

  • Dark History
    Girvan Old Street Burial Ground

    ARE the ghosts of your ancestors spookier than those of strangers?

  • Dark History
    Sawney Bean – fact or fiction?

    Was Sawney Bean, the Scottish cannibal real or just folklore?