Take the A82 from Glasgow and drive north for 2 hours. Flip proper at Glencoe, deeper inland, till you come to a huddle of an identical white homes on the far finish of the loch. That is Kinlochleven. Park by the customer’s centre and take the footpath east (marked West Highland Manner), shifting towards the present of the river. Zip your jacket up! That is Scotland, in any case, and the sky can be low, boring, and pregnant with rain. Persevere up the gutted and ill-kept path, ignoring the mud that sucks hungrily at your boots, till the valley opens up right into a bleak expanse of moorland. Feast your eyes on the sight earlier than you. Wedged into the crooked hills, braced grimly towards 24,000 million gallons of water, is Blackwater Dam: a two story excessive wall of pale concrete, smeared throughout with slimy inexperienced moss.
Numerous horror video games desire to maintain you closed off and claustrophobic in a spaghetti dinner of tight corridors and vent shafts. Nonetheless, I believe there’s one thing to be stated for the phobia of open areas, lengthy empty roads and barren moorland, the place the eyes play tips on the thoughts. Forged your gaze to a far-off glen. Is that factor you took for a tree really shifting? Is it – no, absolutely not – is it coming nearer?
On the centre of the spookiness is a sure graveyard that lies alongside the path. A picket picket fence has been hammered up and over a small uneven hill, closing in a plot of land pockmarked throughout with concrete slabs. A few of them are carved with names: Mr W. Smith. Mr Cummingham. Mrs Reilly. Most simply say ‘Unknown’.
Each ghost story should, to some extent, be a detective story as properly. Who had been these folks? Why had been their names misplaced? And why (a element for the observant participant), had been all of them buried to face the hulking determine of the dam? Remedy this melancholic thriller earlier than their vengeful spirits polish you off, Gore-Tex™ raincoat and all.
In case you had been confused, sure, Blackwater Dam is actual. It is a unusual mixture of marvel and relic – an ingenious piece of Victorian engineering, and the final main development venture within the UK to be constructed totally by hand. 1000’s of males camped within the freezing Scottish wilderness, doing backbreaking labour day in and time out, working for pittance in situations that make fashionable development websites appear to be the lap of luxurious. Most of them did not even know what the venture was for. They referred to as it ‘the waterworks’.
I will not give away each element of the dam’s unhappy historical past right here. It is a story that features captured Germans, Irish poets, anonymous males vanishing into the snow, and a feverish pursuit of progress on the expense of human life. Evidently that is fertile territory for some good old school psychological horror. Frictional Video games, I am taking a look at you.
If this text has piqued your curiosity, you possibly can even go there your self and have a type of actual life strolling simulator expertise (some folks name it ‘mountaineering’). However watch out. The hills are huge – and nonetheless waters run deep…
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