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Ghostly goings-on since Inverness bar put onto the market

By Staff Reporter

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Isobel and Ian Shepherd are selling the Market Bar.
Isobel and Ian Shepherd are selling the Market Bar.

It may be known as a national institution and a venue for early career performances by musicians such as The Proclaimers, Paulo Nutini and Amy Macdonald,

But it seems the Market Bar in Inverness also has an intriguing mystery lurking within its historic walls – a ghostly presence.

Since the owners Ian and Pep Shepherd prepared to put the popular pub and music venue up for sale, there have been strange goings-on.

Footsteps have been heard on the stairs and fingermarks have appeared on the hatch door to the attic.

"There have been some strange happenings," Mrs Shepherd said.

"It is unexplainable.

"It has happened to different people, not so much to me. No one has seen anything but they felt a presence. It is not unfriendly.

"We are trying to work it out."

Located in an alleyway leading to the Victorian Market, the pint-sized pub is believed to originate from the 1740s and is one of the oldest in the city.

The Market Bar in Inverness.
The Market Bar in Inverness.

It has been owned by Mr Shepherd (77) and his wife (73) for nearly 40 years and the couple have decided it is now time to retire.

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