My wife and I are keen hikers and most weekends will find us perched on top of something or lost in some moors. A number of years ago we hiked a long distance path in Scotland known as the Cape Wrath Trail. And fine hiking it was. Hailed by the great Cameron McNeish as Britains toughest long distance trail. Dunno about that, but it was fun. My tale involves a brief experience towards the very latter part of the trail as we were within hours of reaching the lighthouse at Cape Wrath.
I do remember some time ago reading in the Fortean Times that Cape Wrath was a centre of UFO/unexplained phenomena (I think it may have been in the 'It Happened to Me' section), but that memory didn't occur to me until the following. As we were approaching the Cape, my wife exclaimed "What are those people doing over there stood in a circle?". I answered honestly that I saw nobody, so we stopped for a few minutes and she did her best to point them out to me without success. She then remarked "They're chanting something. Why are they stood in a circle chanting?". And I'm all like " I can't see anybody and I deffy do not hear any chanting.....etc". We hung around there for a few more minutes while I tried to fathom what she might be witnessing (there were deffy no other folk besides us within sight/earshot....nearest person must've been 7 miles back at Sandwood Bay) when I remembered reading about strange occurrences at Cape Wrath. I kept it to myself as the sun was setting and I didn't want to unnerve the missus. As we walked on she suddenly proclaimed "Oh! They were deer and the chanting was those birds I can hear". Now there are a lot of deer at the Cape and there are a lot of birds, but there were none around where I was looking and I still couldn't hear any birds or chanting. Later I would think she had a classic case of the mind making sense of something utterly bizarre she had witnessed and I couldn't even see.
As we bunked down in Kearvaig bothy I felt slightly unnerved at this experience, but didn't discuss it further that night. Since then I have talked about this experience with several folk and they just shrug there shoulders or move to another room. I still find it inexplicable, my wife is quite happy to go with the alternative explanation she almost immediately came up with. I went through all my back copies of the Fortean Times, but couldn't find the edition with the Cape Wrath comments in.
I know there are possibly very simple psychological explanations for this experience ( I am a psychologist ), but I simply can't consolidate them with the experience we had stood in the wilderness with my wife pointing at and hearing something I simply wasn't experiencing. And yes, she was sober (at that point) and well fed, watered and rested despite having walked up the toughest trail in the UK over the previous fortnight.
Edited by Spring Healed Jerk, 21 November 2011 - 11:58 PM.