Last week an incident above Loch Lomond was added to the long list of reported UFO sightings above Scotland.
The Loch Lomond sighting was slightly further north of the hotbed of Scottish UFO sightings said to take place in the ‘Falkirk Triangle’.
The Falkirk triangle stretches from Stirling to the outskirts of Edinburgh and is said to be home to around 300 sighting reports each year.
The centre of the Falkirk triangle is, of course, Bonnybridge. The small town, just outside of Falkirk, has had so many UFO sightings it is now officially twinned with the American city of Roswell in New Mexico, the site of the famous alleged saucer crash in 1947.
With literally thousands of sightings since the early 1990s, Bonnybridge is officially the home of UFOs in Scotland.
Over 600 sightings were made from 1992 to 1994 and as sightings continued thereafter, authorities wrote to Westminster pleading for help.
Cllr William Buchanan, wrote to both John Major and Tony Blair demanding “the truth”.
However, the MoD replied that it was “satisfied that there is no evidence that the United Kingdom’s airspace might have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised foreign military activity”.
In November 1979 a man reported seeing a “flying dome” and being attacked by aliens, just outside Livingston.
Robert Taylor, a forestry worker for the Livingston Development Corporation, explained he was walking his dog along a forest path up the side of Dechmont Law when he saw what he described as a “flying dome” or a large, circular sphere approximately 20 feet (6.1 metres) in diameter, hovering above the forest floor in a clearing.
Taylor said the object was “a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper” featuring an outer rim “set with small propellers”.
Taylor says he could smell a foul smell “like burning brakes” and that smaller spheres “similar to sea mines” then dragged him towards the larger object before he lost consciousness.
When he awoke the objects were gone, he was battered and bruised, his trousers were ripped and he could not start his truck, so walked all the way home.
A plaque has now been erected on the site of the alleged encounter by UFO enthusiasts.
While Bonnybridge may be Scotland’s UFO capital, the Aberdeenshire village of Muchalls certainly runs it close.
UFO sightings in the village began in the early 1970s and were reportedly seen almost every night over a number of years.
There was two main witnesses and by the 1990s, with developments in technology, UFOs were filmed in the area.
UFO investigator Nick Pope, insists “compelling” evidence of extraterrestrials in Scotland has been covered up. Pope formerly ran the Ministry of Defence’s project on the subject and, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland Show, Tales of the Unexplained, he said the best picture of a UFO he ever saw was that of a“diamond-shaped metallic craft” suspended in the sky over the village of Calvine in Perthshire.
The UFO was spotted by two men who reported seeing the 25 metre craft hover for 10 minutes before charging up into the heavens at great speed.
The two men took a picture of the craft, which appeared to show military planes in the background and seemed to be escorting “or even chasing” the UFO.
The picture was later sent to the Ministry of Defence where experts told Pope they believed the photo was genuine and Pope blew up the picture and pinned it to his wall.
However, the picture was taken down by Pope’s manager and was never seen again – it did not even appear years later when the MOD released ‘all’ their UFO files.
One August night in 1992, Garry Woods and Colin Wright were driving down the A70 road outside Edinburgh, heading to see a friend. However, looking skywards, they spotted a disc-shaped UFO above the road.
The object produced a strange mist and, when the mist touched the car, they duo say that everything went black.
Later, under hypnosis, Woods and Wright recalled having been forced aboard the UFO by three small entities.
They claim they were given a physical examination while on board the craft before being returned safely to their vehicle.
Muchalls is not the only place in Aberdeenshire where UFO sightings have been reported.
A frightened north east family spotted a strange object in the sky just above their home near Fraserburgh, they filmed the UFO for a short while but it remained overhead for hours.
Morag Ritchie noticed the flickering rotating lights around 2am and explained to BBC Scotland: “I saw what I thought was a bright star.
“However, it was a sequence of flashing lights. There was also a darting light coming from the side. There was no sound, either.”
Ritchie woke her family up and they all witnessed the UFO hang in the air as a number of other lights turned on and off around the main object.