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Dechmont UFO Monument and Trail

Deans, Scotland

A memorial commemorating the only Scottish police investigation into an extraterrestrial incident.  


On November 9, 1979, Robert Taylor, a forestry worker, parked his truck and walked his dog through a path to a newly planted forest area north of the hill known as Dechmont Law.

It’s reported that he happened upon a flying dome hovering above the forest floor. The dome sent out two smaller spheres that dragged him to the larger dome. The last thing Taylor remembered was a strange choking smell that overpowered him. He came round sometime later and the spheres were gone. Taylor made it back to his truck, but was unable to start the vehicle and had to walk home. 

When he arrived home with torn, disheveled clothes and various cuts, Taylor’s wife called the local doctor and the police. The police took him back to the scene of the incident, where they found unusual marks that looked like ladders and others that Taylor claimed were made by the spheres. 

The police treated the incident as an assault and conducted a criminal investigation. It’s the only UFO sighting in the United Kingdom that has ever been classified as a criminal investigation. Known as “The Livingston Incident” it has sparked interest all over the world and has been featured on TV.

You can visit the area and follow the trail for free. There is a rock with a memorial plaque where the incident occurred.  

Know Before You Go

The best way to find the memorial rock is to park at the car park beside Dean Community High School. There is a UFO trail information board near the car park. Cross the side of Dechmont Law in a north easterly direction, and enter Dechmont Woods and walk round the end of Deer Park Golf Course. This is a 10 - 20 minute leisurely pace up a slight grade.  Good forest tracks lead to the memorial and wooden posts with blue arrows will direct one to the site of the incident. Take care in case the aliens have returned!

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