A mass paranormal investigation of a former prisoner of war camp – where some of the most notorious Nazi fanatics were held in Scotland – will take place this weekend.
Teams from around Scotland will join at the Cultybraggan Camp (or Camp No. 21) near Comrie , in Perth and Kinross this weekend – to delve deep into the site’s haunting past.
The unique event kicks off the build up to the very first ParaCon Alba – a weekend of all things paranormal in venues around Perth City Centre.
The Cultybraggan ‘black camp’ was built in World War 2 to house 4000 ‘Category A’ prisoners – holding those considered the most committed to Adolf Hitler’s regime.
Some of those held there included Waffen SS, Nazi paratroopers, and U-boat crew.
The camp is one of Britain’s best preserved prisoner of war camps and has long been the subject of myths and legends – including a rumour it played host to Rudolf Hess- a leading member of Hitler’s party whose plane went down as he flew over Scotland in 1941.
The camp was also where Feldwebel Wolfgang Rosterg was murdered by fellow inmates. The infamous murder saw the prisoners turn on him believing him to be a British spy.
This, along with other dark stories relating to the compound, could be why it has earned a growing reputation for being haunted.
The organiser of the investigation, Lynne Knight, has also started running a regular ‘Haunted P.O.W Camp Tour’ back in June with her husband Gary.
Lynne said: “Our plan was for the camp to be an amazing backdrop and venue for storytelling, as Strathearn has a rich history and is full of tales about witchcraft and clan warfare.
“There would be a couple of minutes afterwards for guests to try out some ‘ghost-hunting’ equipment after hearing a few ghost stories from the camp itself.
“However, even from our time there rehearsing before starting the tours, it became increasingly obvious that strange things, possibly paranormal, do seem to occur there on a regular basis.”
She added: “We are there every Wednesday night and on each tour something strange happens.
“The fact that many skeptics on the tour have been spooked by things they can’t explain is fascinating and I have to admit gives me a feeling of glee.
“I know this incredible place is haunted, now to get some of the top investigators in this country together to back that up with some evidence.
“Not everybody believes but I always think an open mind either way is important, else we never learn anything new.”
More details on the tours, and how to get tickets, can be found on the Haunted P.O.W Camp Tour Facebook page .