(I did a quick search on ATS for this story and found no results.)
Seasons greeting to you all, Now that your bellies and beer mugs are full I thought it's about time to share a tale of high strangeness from the
picturesque glades of Scotland.
Ben MacDhui (or Ben MacDui) is a mountain that lies in Scotland, and is only bested in height by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the English isles.
But there is something atop the summit that has terrorized those who have dared climb it's slopes, the terror being that intense that those who've
fled the mountain have never returned...
And the perpetrator of these terrifying ordeals has a name-Am Fear Liath Mòr or 'the grey man of Ben MacDhui'. And even if you don't catch a glimpse
of this figure, his presence is enough to terrify you, as mountaineer Norman Collie found out:
"I was returning from a cairn on the summit in the mist when I began to think I heard something else other than my own footsteps. For every
few steps I took I heard a crunch and then another crunch as if someone was walking after me but taking footsteps three or four times the length of my
own. I said to myself this is all nonsense.
I listened and heard it again but could see nothing in the mist. As I walked on and the eerie crunch, crunch sounded behind me I was seized with
terror and took to my heels staggering blindly among the boulders for four or five miles nearly down to Rothiemurchus Forest. Whatever you make of it
I do not know but there is something very queer at the top of Ben Macdhui and I will not go there again by myself I know."
Even more terrifying is that those who've had this experience claim that they had no control of their legs, or even worse they felt that something was
pushing them towards a cliff to their doom....
Peter Densham, another person who knew the area well, reported feeling “overwhelmed with panic” after hearing the footfalls around him
while within a heavy mist. Like so many others, he left the mountain in haste, scrambling perilously close to a cliff’s edge and feeling as though
something intangible was trying to send him over it: “I tried to stop myself and found this extremely difficult to do. It was as if someone was
pushing me. I managed to deflect my course, but with a great of difficulty”.
Many other accounts are detailed, most of which describes a terrible feeling of dread followed by irrational terror, and the feeling of being pushed
by some unexplainable force. So if the grey man is capable of such deeds without making an appearance, what would happen if some unlucky soul happened
to catch a glimpse of this legend?
Luckily for us (and unlucky for others) people have claimed to see this figure, which has been described as either being a malevolent spirit or the
Scottish big foot. But don't let me spoil the fun, let's read a description of the legendary figure:
From the few descriptions of the creature he is said to be quite large and broad shouldered, standing fully erect and over 10 feet tall, with
long waving arms. He is also described as having an olive complexion or, alternatively, covered with short brown hair.
Other reports claim that the grey man is a tall, misty silhouette (or mist monster as I'd describe it) which would be far more unnerving than seeing a
cryptid in my opinion.
So there you have it, Something sinister is stalking the slopes of a Scottish hillside, but what is it? who knows, maybe you should make the journey
to Ben MacDhui and find out for yourself...
edit on 25-12-2013 by Thecakeisalie because: (no reason given)