A Local Researcher’s Account: I was in the Clava Cairns area today and spoke to a croft owner who has a croft at the north end of the railway viaduct that runs over the river Nairn. Whilst discussing this month’s wild man sighting at Clava Cairns, Witness A stated that he had seen the same figure also. He told our researcher that he had seen ‘the big hairy man’ walking along the railway line in a southerly direction from the forestry behind his croft towards the viaduct/cairns on quite a few occasions, but he couldn’t be pinned down to an exact number of times! He also said his dogs were going nuts each time. Also with the witness was another man who wished to remain anonymous for reason that will become clear.
Witness B: A male from the area of Nairn Valley and Clava Cairns, who is out in the fields both late at night and early in the morning. He says he has seen something about 3 or 4 times. The first time he was out in the fields and heard ‘someone’ coming along the river bank, so he dived for cover. As it passed him it appeared to be enormous both in height and width, and stank to high heaven!
His best view was at night when he had his nets out on the river and had walked away downstream (presumably to scare the fish towards the net, although he didn’t specify that). When he returned about half an hour later, he said “The bloody great hairy thing was taking the fish from my net” He yelled at it, and it stood up, turned – complete with fish – and walked off into the trees. It wasn’t in any hurry!
Our researcher asked the witness for a height estimate and as he is 6 ft 3″ he thinks the “thing” was around 7 ft and much broader than himself. He stated he has seen the creature on other occasions – once on the opposite bank of the river, but not within 30 feet, it always kept a distance between itself and the witness. And on a number of occasions it has tried to hide in the tree/bush line and keep out of sight. He mentioned in passing that his brother had also seen the same figure cross the actual battlefield at Culloden.
Report taken 2nd September 2015.
This is a report by our researcher who has spoken to the witness: Who wishes to remain anonymous but swears that she saw a tall, hair covered humanish type “thing”(her word) at the Cairns about 2 weeks ago. The creature was about 7 to 8 feet tall by her estimation. It was just at dusk, and the sighting only lasted for a few seconds while the ‘thing’ crossed the site and made off into the trees in the direction of the battlefield. The Cairns lie in the valley of the River Nairn, which has standing stones/cairns all along its length, right down to the sea.
The river is known for its salmon and sea trout and there are a lot of Roe deer in the area. It is also close to moorland where there are grouse and Red deer, plus rabbits, hare etc. It is said the battlefield is haunted, bagpipes can be heard and the Highland forces seen on the eve of the anniversary of the battle of Culloden in April.
Clava Cairns is an area of natural beauty and is about 1/2 a mile from Culloden Battlefield.
The Clava Cairn is a type of Bronze Age circular, chamber tomb, named after the group of three cairns at Balnuaran of Clava, to the east of Inverness in Scotland. There are about 50 cairns of this type in the area round about Inverness. It is a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery with a complex of passage graves, cairns and standing stones in a beautiful setting. There are too many woodlands here for me to mention, but choose any and you’re in for a treat. There’s a mature conifer wood with some really large – trees best accessed from Culloden car park (beside Tower Road in the village of Smithton, 5 miles east of Inverness), with two waymarked walking trails.
D. L. Hatswell 25/11/17