Haunted Places in Scotland

Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland

Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland

Stirling Castle Ghosts There are a few reported spirits at Stirling Castle. The most active sighting is of the Highland ghost. Staff and visitors have often seen his apparition, often wearing a full traditional costume, kilt and all. Mistaken for a tour guide on many occasion, visitors have been shocked when they approach him, he simply turns and walks away, vanishing in front of their eyes. In 1935, the Highland ghost was apparently captured on camera by an architect who was carrying out some surveying for upcoming building work. This phantom...

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Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scottish Highlands

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scottish Highlands

Perhaps the most recognisable castle in all of Scotland? Eilean Donan is certainly the most romantic, perched at the centre of where three Scottish Lochs meet. With history dating back to the 7th century, there are no prizes for guessing that there are ghosts that supposedly haunt its grounds.   Brief History Famous for its appearance in many films, including the Highlander (with Sean Connery), Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 13th Century (by the Clan Mackenzie and Clan Macrae) to defend the area from invading Vikings who...

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Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Dating way back to the 13th century, this castle has seen many people passing through its doors. It’s alleged to be haunted by a number of ghosts, most notably that of Sir Alexander Ramsay. He was starved to death in 1342 in Hermitage Castle by William Douglas, and has been seen roaming the halls and grounds of the hotel since then. Another of the ghosts is that of Lady Catherine, known as the ‘Grey Lady’, often seen around the turrets and in the dungeon of the castle. Because ghostly activity is so rife at the hotel, ghost tours now...

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Fyvie Castle, near Turiff, Aberdeenshire

Fyvie Castle, near Turiff, Aberdeenshire

Brief History Fyvie Castle near Turif in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is believed to have been built around the 13th Century by William the Lion. The castle served as a Royal stronghold until 1390, shortly after the Battle of Otterburn. It was then passed down to a succession of clan families. Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon, and Leith respectively. Each of the families constructed a new tower onto the castle, the first of these being the Preston Tower. Dated between 1390-1433, the tower remains to this day. The Seton family added the Seton Towers...

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Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

Glamis Castle is widely renowned as one of the most haunted locations across the British Isles. The sheer number of reports that have occurred there, as well as the folklore that surrounds it, certainly lend itself to this claim.   Brief History of Glamis Castle The current and only owners, the Bowes-Lyons family, were originally awarded the land by Robert the Bruce in 1372, for services to his thrown. The Bowes-Lyons family, now the Earls of Strathmore, includes the late Queen Mother, who was born at the castle, and also gave birth to...

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Ackergill Tower Castle Hotel, Wick, Caithness, Scotland

Ackergill Tower Castle Hotel, Wick, Caithness, Scotland

In the 15th century, the castle was owned by the Keith family who were in a feud with the Gunn family. After several murders and revenge murders on either side, Helen Gunn was abducted by a member of the Keith family for her beauty. She either jumped or fell from the tower at the castle trying to escape. She’s now seen either as a green lady, or as a lady in a long red ball gown with tall black hair. History About Features Things to Do Room Tariffs ...

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Airth Castle Hotel, Falkirk, Scotland

Airth Castle Hotel, Falkirk, Scotland

Many castles across the United Kingdom are haunted – and Airth Castle is definitely one of them. In rooms 3, 9 and 23, the sound of children playing has been heard when the rooms were otherwise empty – perhaps these are the ghosts of two children who died along with their nanny in a fire at the castle? A phantom dog, who roams the hallways nipping at people’s ankles has also been seen and felt by guests and staff alike. Guests have also reported hearing screams and cries late at night, which are believed to come from a maid who was...

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Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, Scotland

Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, Scotland

Tulloch Castle is actually thought to have many ghosts – but the most-sighted ghost, and the ghost most talked about, is the Green Lady. She has been sighted so frequently, the bar in the castle is actually named the Green Lady Bar and a portrait of the lady believed to be the Green Lady, Elizabeth Davidson, hangs in the Great Hall. The Green Lady is also one of the few ghosts that has been captured on film, prompting numerous investigations into the castle. A number of paranormal teams have investigated the castle over the years, and they...

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Balmoral Castle, Aberdeen

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeen

Balmoral Castle can be found near the village of Crathie. It is one of the several residences of the British Royal Family. It was purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Although Balmoral Castle is not part of the Crown Estate, it remains a private property of the monarch. When the Queen purchased the castle, she found it too small so it was demolished and a new building was constructed and completed in 1856. Today, the estate is home not only to the castle, but also to farmland, forestry, grouse moors and herds of Highland Ponies and...

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Borthwick Castle, Edinburgh

Borthwick Castle, Edinburgh

Because Borthwick castle is an old, old building with a long and involved history, it has been home to many distinguished guests over the years, including Mary Queen of Scots. Mary sought sanctuary at Borthwick with her husband in 1567 when she learnt that the Scottish noblemen wanted to capture them, and although 1,000 men surrounded the castle she escaped through a window dressed as a pageboy. Many people say Mary still comes back to the castle and she has been seen wandering the halls on a number of occasions. Paranormal investigations at...

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