The West Lothian UFO Encounter in Livingston

Last Updated February 21, 2019 by . First Published in 2017.

A West Lothian UFO encounter in 1979 has lead to the area of Livingston the being given the "West Lothian twilight zone" nickname.

The West Lothian UFO Encounter in Livingston

It's a UFO encounter which has led to the area of Livingston, in West Lothian, being called 'the West Lothian twilight zone'.

In 1979, forestry worker Robert Taylor took his dog out for a wintry weather walk in Dechmont woods. He could not have known what a significant morning it would turn out to be. The experience he claims to have had that day still generates debate and discussion in within the community to this present day.

On the 9th of November, 1979, after parking his truck near to Dechmont Law and entering the woods with his dog he reported seeing a big "flying dome" hovering above the forest floor. He described it as being made from a dark metallic material with a coarse texture. It additionally had an outer rim with small propellers. As he approached, without a doubt more than slightly curious, two spheres dropped down from the flying dome.

A drawing of the craft Robert Taylor described seeing
A drawing of the craft Robert Taylor described seeing 

He says that the spheres started dragging him towards the dome, their protruding spikes hooking on to his trousers, and, after smelling a strong acidic smell, he choked and eventually lost consciousness. When he came round he was lying face-down on the grass with his dog nearby. The strange objects had disappeared. He found that he couldn't speak, his legs were in pain and when he returned to his truck it wouldn't start. He had to walk back to Livingston town. When he returned home, his wife was concerned at the state he was in. He appeared dishevelled and his clothes were ripped.

The police had been contacted and returned to the scene with him, where they discovered peculiar marks in the soil beneath where the craft was said to have been hovering. They also determined it was most probably his clothes had been ripped by a sharp, upward pull. They would later record the matter as an assault. Many consider that this is one of the only ever examples of an alien sighting becoming subject to a criminal investigation.

Robert Taylor (centre) at Dechmont Law Woods in 1982
Robert Taylor (centre) at Dechmont Law Woods in 1982 

Many folks had been sceptical of Taylor's account and believe there's some other reason for what happened that day - with some suggesting a type of epileptic fit and hallucination to be the answer. However, he was believed by many to be a reputable and dependable witness, and he by no means sought publicity from his story. Robert Taylor unfortunately passed away in 2007, however his story will live on long into the future. West Lothian Council even decided to put up an information board at the site to offer additional information to guests.

The Dechmont Woods West Lothian UFO Encounter is Scotland's most renowned alleged UFO incident, and has featured in numerous books and TV programmes. While nothing equivalent is thought to have been witnessed since, the West Lothian twilight zone remains the site of probably the most well-known alien encounters in recent times.

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