This happened in Scotland, Drummore on the B7065, New Years Eve 2014.
Four of us, my best mate and our now ex girlfriends, stayed in a cottage for new year. New Year's Eve came around and we got very drunk and a bit high and at one point I mistakenly had Codeine instead of paracetamol. This concoction made me quite sleepy so I fought it off and got up to wake myself up a bit and get another beer and see midnight, by this time it was around 11pm.
Another hour of music and beers had passed and I was feeling good and midnight arrived so we decided to go for a walk down the road (B7065) Me being a bit pissed and on a dark spooky road with not much around really wanted to run ahead, hide and jump out on the other 3 walking behind me, so that's what I did, I took off to find a bush to hide in but what happened in those few minutes was really strange...
The night is very foggy for me as I was having affects from the codeine, beer and weed and I don't remember a lot, apart from this one very clear moment where I think my body and brain sobered up for 10 seconds when I saw it appear on the road.
I just remember being stood still, I don't remember stopping and suddenly there it was, a horse drawn carriage, 2 black horses and a woman in classic Victorian white dress and big hat walking in front of the horses, she may also have been carrying flowers. She then looked my way, smiled and waved, I waved back in utter bewilderment. It all felt like I was moving in half speed and I tried to say something but nothing came out.
I was more fixated on the woman and paid close attention to her, she was about 2-3 meters away from me, I didn't look at or notice any driver but in the space of 10 seconds I seem to remember a black shape that looked like it could have been the carriage driver slightly hunched over but my eyes didn't move from her. She was very clear and kind of glowing but not a huge glow and gave off a very friendly energy.
When my friends caught up, which I don't recall, I had forgotten about hiding because you know, I'd just literally seen a ghost, they saw me looking around in the road and they asked me what I was doing and I asked my mate Garry "did you see that woman and the carriage go past?" I think we all went back home at that point.
My research on this has told me that a woman walking in front of a horse drawn carriage like that is mainly for funerals processions for her husband.
Hope you liked reading my encounter.