Mysterious monster among the Inner Hebrides

Reading ‘Ring of Bright Water’, Gavin Maxwell’s classic book about life with an otter in the Western Isles of Scotland, I was surprised to find a detailed account of a sea monster sighting just the year before off the coast of Soay, near Skye. It came of a good witness, a friend and former colleague of Maxwell’s who wrote to him the day after the sighting. It was a hefty beast and a weird-looking thing which they saw close to their boat in clear water. If anyone has any idea what it might have been, I’ll be most interested to know. You can read about it here:


About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (, a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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