Wendy Wood, author of ‘The Secret of Spey’ approached the pass of Lairig Ghru in winter whereupon she heard a voice. She described the voice as being of ‘gigantic resonance’ and reminiscent of Gaelic. After a brief and brave scouting out of the local area to see if she could find the person she had heard speaking, she realized that she was indeed alone. When she hurried away, she could hear footsteps following her as if immediately behind. At first she thought the footfalls to be echoes of her own, but then noticed that they did not coincide or correspond to her own footsteps.
In 1965, footprints were discovered measuring 14 inches and with a massive stride that covered around 5 feet, just as Norman Collie had estimated prior to his panic-filled descent down the mountainside in 1891.
In the early 1990’s a group of three men walked along a forestry plantation track in the countryside close to Aberdeen when one saw ahead a ‘dark human-shaped’ figure run from the left of the track to the right about 200 yards ahead. He felt a ‘sense of terror and foreboding’. His friends had not seen the creature but when they looked ahead they saw a face looking at them from between the branches, a face which was ‘human… but not human’. One man threw a stone at it and it disappeared into the trees.
A few weeks after this encounter the trio were driving towards Torphins near Aberdeen when their car was pursued by the very same type of creature. They reported this dark, tall being running alongside their car as they drove at close to 45 mph. eventually it gave up the chase and simply stood in the middle of the road and peered after the car.
A female friend of one of the men later told him that while she had been staying in a cottage in the countryside near there, she had seen a ‘dark, hairy figure’ standing just inside the tree line nearby watching the building on two occasions. After a while, it moved off into the undergrowth.
The sightings of strange creatures are not the only things people have experienced while on the mountain or in the area. Other people have reported being in the area and suddenly overwhelmed by either a feeling of utter panic or a downward turning of their thoughts which made them incredibly depressed, or both. Some have reported being drawn as if hypnotically to the edge of dangerous ledges while others are believed to have been chased to their deaths, in their desperation to escape, over the edge of the cliff known as Lurcher’s Crag.
There have even been reports that ghostly music and laughter could be heard wafting across the shadowy slopes and many accounts of heavy footsteps like those heard by Collie have been documented.
Reports are not wholly confined to Ben MacDhui either. One day during the early 1920s, experienced mountaineer Tom Crowley was coming down alone from Braeraich in Glen Eanaich, close to Ben MacDhui, when he was horrified to see a huge grey mist shrouded figure with pointed ears, long legs and finger-like talons on its feet. He did not stay for a closer look.
It may also be linked to other mountainous regions of the world. Another noteworthy possibility is that in view of the vast variety of unexplained phenomena reported from Ben MacDhui over the years, could this mountain be a “window” area; an interface between different dimensions or alternate worlds? If so, there is a good chance that such a significant portal would have a guardian, to deter would-be intruders or trespassers. Is it just coincidence that this is the precise effect so successfully demonstrated by Ben MacDhui’s sinister Big Grey Man?in”
The local village ladies claim that the Beinn Dubh Black Whisky even has magical aphrodisiac powers! Eitherway, the “Black Mountain” is truely hauntingly powerful and as quoted by the BBC’s “Open Country” programme…
“…it may be Britain’s second largest mountain but it guards its secret well….”
Source: Beinn Dubh