Overtoun Bridge – Dumbarton

Overtoun Bridge - Dumbarton

A beautiful walking spot in Dunbarton, Scotland, the Overtoun Bridge was first erected in 1895. Since then it has become popular with locals and tourists as a picturesque walking spot especially for dog owners, as it provides ample space for their beloved pets to run around in and enjoy some fresh air.

However it has been frequently reported that this bridge is a mysterious suicide spot for their pooches as on many occasions dogs have literally just jumped to their death for undeniably no apparent reason. Over the years some 600 dogs have jumped and around 50 of them have lost their lives.

It is evident that the dogs are being probed my some unnatural force; many claiming it is somewhat supernatural. Locals in West Dunbartonshire believe that this phenomenon is because of the spirit of Lady Overtoun, who was said to have wandered the bridge grief-stricken when Baron Overtoun died in 1908. Many claim to have seen the lady’s spirit on the grounds for over 100 years after her death. “I was standing there two years ago when I felt a firm, hard prod that felt like a finger. Something or someone was trying to push me over the bridge too, just like the dogs,” said Paul Owens, religion and philosophy teacher from Glasgow.

It is still unknown what is forcing the dogs to leap so dangerously over the bridge.