Saltcoats (Scottish Gaelic: Baile an t-Salainn) is a small town
on the west coast of North Ayrshire, Scotland. The name is derived
from the town's earliest industry when salt was harvested from the
sea water, carried out in small cottages along the shore.
Nowadays the town is more widely known worldwide by its association
with a corpus of strange and often bizarre local stories - from
time travel and secret societies to ghosts and telekinesis - many
of which are discussed in conspiracy theory forums across the internet.
Although largely regarded by the modern world as being a the result
of superstition and myth, these myths persevere and now constitute
an important part of the cultural fabric of Saltcoats and the surrounding
As a writer, whose family has lived and worked in this area for
generations, I have strived to record these tales, which have previously
only been passed down through the oral tradition.
Although I have taken a certain amount of artistic licence and
have changed the names of those involved, each one of these stories
is based on a well-known story which any friendly citizen of Saltcoats
would immediately recognise were you to stop them on Hamilton Street
I have called this collection 'Return To Saltcoats' and I hope
that you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed researching
and compiling it.