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The Falkirk Triangle - UFOs over Scotland.

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posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 10:15 AM
Great clip from the 'Strange but true' TV series documenting the almost unprecedented number of UFO reports from the 'Falkirk triangle' area of Scotland. As mentioned in the programme, the eyewitness testimony comes from quite normal, everyday people who are truly puzzled as to what they have witnessed.

The Falkirk Triangle

Part Two

The small Scottish town of Bonnybridge (pop. 6,000) not far from Edinburgh, bills itself the UFO capital of the world. According to its colourful local councillor, Billy Buchanan, almost half of the town’s residents have seen a UFO at one time or another and on a yearly basis, around 300 sighting reports are received from Bonnybridge and its environs – an area stretching from Stirling to the outskirts of Edinburgh which has been dubbed the “Falkirk Triangle”.

It all started in 1992 when James Walker noticed some strange lights in the sky while driving home. At first he thought they were stars but was startled when he saw them move and assumed a triangle shape. Since then, UFO sightings have been coming in thick and fast in Bonnybridge. Local politician Billy Buchanan, in among all the other mundane problems such as burst water mains and inadequate rubbish collection which his constituents asked him to solve, found himself receiving more and more complaints about UFOs. Eventually, these reached such a volume that he felt he could ignore the issue no longer. He chose to go public with it, attracting massive media attention to the town. Councillor Buchanan wrote to the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Defence, demanding that the UFO reports be investigated. Predictably, the publicity generated resulted in even more people coming forward, claiming to have seen UFOs.


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posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 11:43 AM
Yup the 1979 Livingston incident that you have in your thread about UFO occupants is near Falkirk. Tarbrax, where 2 guys got abducted, is just to the South. There's a lot of old mine workings in the area, it's very desolate and flat, but is also the main transport hub for various parts of Scotland. There's also Grangemouth refinery just above Falkirk. All in all, an ideal vacation spot for aliens wishing to study Scottish history (Braveheart), hydrocarbon industrialisation and nuclear weapons at Faslane, catch a train or plane to other parts of the planet and comes with nice quiet landing spots with underground storage for your craft.

AFAIK, it's been quiet recently, but when you drive up that moorland, you keep hoping something will happen.

posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 01:44 PM
I live in Falkirk, I used to see a lot of stuff in the mid 90's not seen anything for ages!

posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 03:25 PM

UFOs still going over Sterling according to ufosbri on youtube.
I might have given him a comment or two over the course of time.

posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 05:34 PM
Thanks for the replies, there certainly seems to be an awful lot of reports - this article from the Observer newspaper suggests about 300 a year (although I suspect many folks don't submit them due to fear of ridicule).

The Falkirk Triangle.

The London Observer claims that Scotland is usually associated with spectacular mountains and tumbling rivers.But Scotland has a proud new boast; it has become the landing strip of choice for flying saucers and other mysterious, metallic, hovering craft. More odd incoming craft have been tracked over the hills and glens than anywhere else on Earth, and UFO enthusiasts are flocking north to experience close encounters of the Caledonian kind. A survey published reveals that 300 UFOs are seen in Scotland each year -- four times as many as in France and Italy, which appear to be aliens' next favourite destinations. When you think of the number of sightings in Scotland compared to the size of its population, it is phenomenal. Yet it is not remote Highland that play host to the visitors. The Nineties saw a sudden surge of sightings in the central Scottish areas of West Lothian and Stirlingshire, and particularly around Bonnybridge, near Falkirk. 'The area has become known as the Falkirk triangle. Some people have encountered shimmering discs just yards away from their bodies, while others said they had been attacked by UFOs. The most famous such incident occurred in 1979, when forestry worker Bob Taylor claimed a gang of large shimmering spheres, with spikes protruding from them like naval mines, set upon him. Thousands of reported encounters and UFO spotters followed. There are three airports and a gas-flaring oil terminal within a 30-mile radius.Craig Malcolm took footage of a ball of light dog-legging back and forth across a clear sky. A plane-like object with no wings sent 'black reek belching out the back of it as it soared off.

Theres another quite good Discovery Channel documentary here dealing with the Falkirk sightings and it contains some pretty darn interesting witness testimony.


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posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 05:50 PM
That is just about a flight a day and nothing unusual for a standard ship.
Well one the owners do not admit to.
I could go into links about how the UFO and Alien must go together
as I thought after more and more coverage tires out the story line
people would call for a change or find one themselves.

The most obvious, stupid flaw in the propaganda, disseminated under cover of such T.V. series as The X-Files and Sightings, is the fact that, if all the paranormal stuff pushed by such programs were really so damned secret, why would prime-time T.V. programs try so hard to convince you it is true, or even tell you about it? Since when does government disclose, or allow the disclosure of, its biggest secrets, on prime-time, big-network T.V., which is all owned and controlled by the Illuminati, and policed by the OSI/CIA? In respect to “military secrets”, what you see and think, is what they want you to see and think, they think.

So if its Aliens in the online news about UFOs we know the secret
is still hidden.

Always good topics karl 12, thanks for posting.

posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 06:55 PM

Originally posted by nomadros
Yup the 1979 Livingston incident that you have in your thread about UFO occupants is near Falkirk. Tarbrax, where 2 guys got abducted, is just to the South.

Nomadros,I didn't realise the two places were so nearby -those two incidents sure are pretty freaky.

West Lothian

Documentary: the West Lothian question




posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 07:35 PM
reply to post by TeslaandLyne

T+L thanks for the reply -theres an interesting humanoid case which occurred in 1996 near Bonnybridge where a mother,her son and friend witnessed strange beings encased in 'transparent pods' (Spacevisitor has made a mighty fine post about it at the bottom of the page).

Part 1: Highest Strangeness UFO Cases in Scotland

Illustration of individual small, grey beings inside transparent “pods” or “bubbles” during the September 23, 1996, “Fife Incident” in rural central Scotland near Freuchie, Fife County, about 35 miles from Bonnybridge. Graphic © Mansfield UFO Group.



posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 08:22 PM
Well you never know what witnesses of UFOs and the crew will say
after a briefing with the authorities.

There was very little if any accurate information published on Vicki Landrum before this book in 1993, after which OSI writers and film makers quickly glommed onto her, to obliterate what I said, with more falsified or distorted descriptions of the event. Since that time, Vicki has stuck to the truth and refused to lie like they want her to say she saw ‘little green men’, “was abducted”, or “suffered time loss”.

To me most people take the 'deal' and we can only wonder what that
might entail.
I think it perfectly clear why the authorities treat us like that.

posted on Jan, 30 2010 @ 09:35 PM
reply to post by karl 12

Thanks for establishing your very interesting thread, karl 12.

I've read about & looked at videos previously regarding that "magnified planet mirage" theory.

That's about as wild an explanation for a UFO sighting as I've heard, particularly when the phenomenon has never been scientifically observed.

That is not to say I discount the mirage explanation for some other UFO sightings.

I'll also have a good look at the "Fife" thread.

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 04:40 AM
reply to post by karl 12

I saw a UFO last night in a place called Armadale in West Lothian which is not too far from falkirk.

It was an orange ball of light that came very close to the ground (aircraft landing heights) and then shot off in high into the atmosphere and disappeared. Was around 21:00 and then I saw the same thing at 23:30 only it was coming from a different direction.

Wonder if anyone has seen this last night?

Unfortunately I did not have a camera with me or even my phone or I would have snapped it up as it was in the sky for a good 10 mins but only a few minutes later in the night.

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 06:09 AM
Thanks for the replies -theres also this other interesting UFO case from Pitlochry (about 50 miles from Bonnybridge) where a huge diamond shaped object was witnessed (and photographed) over the town.

UK Ministers were alerted to Perthshire sighting of UFO

Photographs taken of a UFO hovering next to an RAF jet over Perthshire were treated seriously by military investigators, just-released Ministry of Defence files show.

Witnesses saw the mysterious, large diamond-shaped object hanging over the A9 at Calvine, north of Pitlochry, in August 1990. The object remained in position for about 10 minutes next to an RAF Harrier before the UFO ascended vertically at high speed.

UFOs are no stranger to Scotland. Bonnybridge and West Kilbride have a history of unusual sightings dating back decades.


British Ministry of Defense reports huge diamond shaped object over Scotland.


posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 06:28 AM
reply to post by karl 12

The funny thing is the bulk of these UFO reports for that area did not happen till they opened a small airport at Cumbernauld.
As we have so many posts on here were people mistake aircraft for UFO'S you do the maths!

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 12:02 PM
About missing people.
I was just reading in "Saga America"
about a location in Greenland in the 1000s AD that had no occupants
and the farm animals were roaming free.

And then thought of the town out west
that fell on hard times and the whole town went north to a gold
mine to live happily ever after.

And why does modern man move to a town with a new factory,
to survive with a better opportunity. Or set up a new web site
without moving now days.

Now the first two examples were about whole towns moving.
The second may be individuals and perhaps groups that follow
UFOs might be a group example.

People missing connected with UFOs might mean a better deal
than Walton was struck out cause without a return for a payday
the new location had to payoff in some way.

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 12:36 PM
Bonnybridge UFO photograph:

Witness: Bette

Date: October 17th 2009

Time: 6.15 pm

Location: M 80 approaching Glasgow, Scotland

Received a submission from Bette (nick name) yesterday (October 20, 2009). She managed to photograph an unusal object and was kind enough to send the photograph to us, along with her comments.

Bette describes her experience:

Taken on October 17th 2009, approximately 6.15 pm, driving to a concert - the Spandau Ballet Reformation Concert at the SECC Glasgow, Scotland.

Just a simple sunset scene, I chose to take, but on downloading the photos, on my return home, my son noticed the black object in the top left hand side of the frame.

I checked my digital camera for dirt on the lens..and there was none.

Likewise, I phoned my brother to ask him to check his windscreen...nothing there. He had NOT used his wiper blades on that journey!!! as it was a clear, dry evening!!

I have since zoomed in on this object and likewise, a friend has magnified it and it does not appear to be a plane, helicopter, weather balloon, chinese lantern and /or bird.


posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 01:52 PM
Other reports from Bonnybridge:

1989 Bonnybridge, near Shieldhill, Scotland:

In a well-witnessed UFO sighting, a fire crew were attending a blaze at Gradrum Moss, when a red object appeared to be hovering in the distance. This came towards the fire engine and then flew off towards the West. A second object then appeared, it was white and hovered above Loch Ellrig at about twenty feet from the witnesses. This then rushed towards them before veering away at the last moment. A third object was also seen passing overhead. The case was investigated by Malcolm Robinson. The press were soon to dub Bonnybridge 'The UFO Capital of Scotland' after a spate of sightings.

19th January 1994 around 7.00pm Larbert, Bonnybridge: An 18 second film was taken of a white light that had earlier been seen to keep pace with a car. There were six witnesses to the encounter, and the film showed a white light that seemed to emit a smaller white light from it.


ANOTHER strange flying object has been spotted in the skies above Bonnybridge.

Local residents contacted The Falkirk Herald to provide eye-witness accounts of a mysterious flying object last Thursday night. It is the latest unexplained sighting in the village, which has become known as Scotland's 'UFO capital.'
Colin Doyle,(28), from Hallglen, said: "My colleague and I were just coming back from a job in Bonnybridge about half past 9 and we saw this object with flashing lights in the sky.
"By the shape of it there was no way it was a plane. It looked oval shaped with flashing lights all around it, so we got out the van to have a look.
"After hovering for a while, it then just shot up into the sky and the speed it was going was phenomenal."

He added: "Before I just didn't believe these stories, but now I can safely say I do believe there must be something."
Gary Harkins (28), from Bonnybridge, said: "I was out walking my dog along the canal at Bonnybridge around about half 9 and saw this object in the sky and there was no way it was an aircraft.
"It was kind of saucer-shaped and was hovering above the ground around the height of high-rise flats and had flashing lights.
"The object continued to hover about for a few minutes and then just shot away at unbelievable speed.

"Seeing something like that just takes your breath away," he added.
Bonnybridge councillor Billy Buchanan, said: "These sightings highlight that the phenomenon is still ongoing, as people are still seeing something which has no rational explanation."
"The more people come forward and report these incidents and put them on record, the greater the credibility.


posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 03:10 PM
reply to post by karl 12

Bette admits to taking the picture through the car windscreen now just because they didn't use the wipers and nothing was on the windscreen when checked dosent mean that the windscreen was clear when the picture was taken lots of road works on the m80 for months with lots still to be done. Like I said these reports really took off if you pardon the pun when Cumbernauld airport opened!

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 08:02 PM
I wonder if the MOD are using a nearby airbase to test experimental aircraft (UAVs?), thus leading to the increase of UFO sightings?

I remember that Nick Pope in his book Open Skies, Closed Minds references a Scottish airbase that could be the British home for the Aurora aircraft when it has to make overnight visits (a sort of "British Area 51") however upon checking the book the base he references is RAF Machrihanish on the west coast and therefore unlikely to lead to UFO sightings in Fife.

I've had a look around ATS for any mention of bases in Fife and found this post, but unfortunately he doesn't give a source for his information:

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 09:42 PM
The remote airport is a life saver for the UFO craft.
Because they get lost and need to be escorted back to base.
Or just need to have their internal navigators realigned after
a breakdown in equipment.
That seems have to happen with the diamond craft if it went off after
the jet appeared.

The old dot in the picture.
ATS member CYRAX had a few of those.
Every one of his posted photos had a UFO.
Except the one with a palm thee branch and his follow up photo.

posted on Jan, 31 2010 @ 10:53 PM
Bonnybridge has been a hive of activity for quite some time.

I remember listening to Scot FM around Autumn 1992 when a great number of people were phoning into Wee Fat Bob to report sightings on one particular night. There were the odd funny ones -"I saw an orange light, and then it went red and after a while green" "Was it traffic lights?" "Aye! it was" but there was also a lot of people saying they really had seen things. Long distance truck drivers, taxi drivers, families and so forth were all calling in.

I hoped into a car and headed out hoping to see it for myself. The sightings were still coming in thick and fast when the radio presenter Scottie McClue came on air at 10PM. He was a bit of an antagonist and was telling people to stop wasting his time but people were calling up and were adamant about what they were seeing.

I stayed out until 2AM looking for any unusual aerial activity. I got a decent vantage point on a hill near Bonnybridge (Near a company that had a weird logo that looked a bit like a 'Grey' alien head) and I saw a helicopter but nothing else.

I was a touch more of a 'believer' then and was desperate to get a sighting but seems I was out of luck on that front.

Whatever the cause of these sightings are is unknown to me. There are a few military bases near the area and 2 large airports in Glasgow and Edinburgh which provide the sky with constant traffic. That's why when many people call in about unusual flying objects you can be sure that they know what a commercial jet is.

There are a few interesting stories surrounding UFOs and the area but there are also some hoaxes (Some guy got Chinese lanterns at New Year but is convinced that they're something more than that).

Nice thread Karl and I hope you get many more tales which give you something to research. S+F


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