Am Fear Liath Mór
the Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui
By The Fairytale Traveler’s contributing author, Christy Jackson Nicholas
Also known (a bit more easily said) as the Greyman. This spirit or monster haunts the summit and passes of Ben MacDhui (Mack Zhwee), the highest peak in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland.
He is said to be a very tall figure covered with short hair, and causes hikers to be very uneasy, even when not seen. Evidence is limited to some sightings and photographs of unusual footprints. Traditionally, he is a supernatural being, but is compared to the Yeti and Bigfoot. In mainland Europe, creatures called Wudewas (Wood Men) have been reported back to the 13th century and are believed to be descendants of their Cro Magnon ancestors.
Hikers in the area frequently report they feel and hear someone following them, but the mists obscure any figure. One such report was by climber John Norman Collie in 1925, where he described hearing the crunching sound of footsteps behind him in the mist, but with strides 3-4 times longer than his own.
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