Aleister Crowley later sold Boleskine House and it subsequently had a series of private owners including, in the 1970s, Led Zeppelin guitarist and Crowley fanatic Jimmy Page. Visitors to the estate have reported seeing lights flashing on and off by themselves, windows shattering and a chair which belonged to Crowley moving on its own. In 1960 the then owner of the house, Major Edward Grant, shot himself in the bedroom which had been used by Crowley for some of his satanic rituals. Even today the property retains a slightly sinister atmosphere. To many modern occultists the geographical and spiritual significance of Boleskine remains extremely important. In fact, practitioners of Thelema, Crowley’s religious philosophy, are still instructed to ‘turn and face Boleskine’ when conducting certain magical ceremonies.
Locally I have heard many stories from many people. I know people who have actually been to the house to attend parties that were held there and many of them have spoke of an oppressive atmosphere, strange haunting sounds and the feeling of being followed and watched. One story that I have heard locally from a few different sources is of some strange monkey type beast with red eyes that hangs around the vicinity of Boleskine House and follows people. Apart from it being a somewhat disturbing experience I have also heard that the people who experienced being followed in this way had a definite feeling that the creature was unable to harm them. This story it seems is only a local story as I have found no mention of it anywhere on the internet. However there may be some kind of possible truth in it. When Crowley eventually left Boleskine he put a sign up outside that said something along the lines of “Don’t be afraid of the beast, it can’t bite”, the locals at the time were rumoured to have said that although it may not be able to bite it is able to scare the living daylights out of you.
Another local story involves two divers who were diving in Loch Ness. The story goes that two perfectly sane and accomplished divers went under the water and came up several minutes later not so sane. Allegedly they had looks of sheer terror, were unable to speak anything comprehensible and spent the rest of their days in a mental asylum.
A lot of these stories may be taken with a pinch of salt depending upon your views, but there is no doubt in the fact that Loch Ness itself has attracted a lot of attention over the years mostly concerning the Loch Ness Monster. We even built a whole tourism industry from such attention, but there are many Lochs in Scotland that don’t have such attention but for some reason Loch Ness does.
One day when my friend and I were talking about Boleskine House he turned to me and said “You know how ghosts and spirits sometimes are only seen by certain kind of people who are receptive to that. What if the Loch Ness Monster was not a monster but perhaps a ghost or spirit of some kind”
Perhaps. I’ve never witnessed a ghost but I know many people who are convinced that they have. If it were true that ghosts did exist then it would seem entirely plausible that the Loch Ness Monster could fit the bill. It would certainly explain the unfortunate fate of the two divers who went mad and it would certainly explain the numerous supernatural like sightings that have occurred over the years while any proof of an actual physical monster has remained elusive. If there was some kind of entity within Loch Ness I would definitely be inclined to think that it were some kind of ghost as opposed to an actual monster. However implausible you may think that both possibilities sound; I’m sure that most would agree that the ghost theory is more plausible.
I have subsequently found many other such theories that the Loch Ness Monster may be a supernatural entity and it is true that the number of sightings started escalating around the time that Crowley inhabited Boleskine House. Crowley himself died penniless in 1947 but the years have not erased the memories of his association with the Scottish Highlands home.
Finally, I will finish with a photo. My friends son and his friends who are all 15 to 16 years old decided for some strange reason of curiosity to go and ‘play’ in the grounds of Boleskine House one night last year. Upon hearing this everyone told them that they were without doubt extremely foolish and implored them not to go there again. They themselves spoke of strange happenings such as the feeling of being followed and strange shifting of the apparent landscape every time they turned round. They also took a photo which is displayed below. A photo that sent a shiver down the spine of everyone who looked at it including myself. I’m sure that the strange apparition that appears in the photo can be explained rationally, it could possibly be that the person taking the photo was smoking a cigarette and that the apparition is actually smoke. I’d rather believe that because the alternative is a little bit too scary to comprehend.
If you ever do visit Loch Ness you will no doubt like millions of others be hoping for a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. If I were you I would just appreciate the immense beauty that lies there. If I were you I would be praying that the Loch Ness Monster does not show itself to you. That’s what I do whenever I go to Loch Ness, some monsters are better left alone.
Make sure to look at more of Mark’s work and his stunning photos at I’m Gonna Study the Rain and if you’re lucky, he’ll take you on a story adventure as well.