Scotland’s 21 Most Haunted Castles

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Here are Scotland’s most creepy and ghost-filled castles, according to MJ STEEL COLLINS. How many have you visited?

1. Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire

Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland
Haunted Scottish Castle: Culzean Castle in Ayrshire

A ghostly piper heralds upcoming weddings within the Kennedy Clan who built the castle, whilst the ghostly screams of Allan Stewart, Commendator of Crossraguel Abbey, can be heard from the dungeon after he was tortured into handing over Crossraguel lands to the Culzean Laird.
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2. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Like the city, Edinburgh Castle is crawling with ghosts, including a Piper, a headless drummer, a dog and prisoners from both the Seven Years War with France, and the American Revolution.
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3. Duntulm Castle, Trotternish, Skye

Now a ruin, this ancient castle is haunted by the sorrowful, shrieking ghost of a nursemaid who accidentally dropped a baby from a window onto the rocks below, and was put to death by the vengeful MacDonald Clan.

3. Crookston Castle, Glasgow

Haunted by the angry wraith of Elspet, perhaps once the Lady of the castle; she was contacted by a paranormal group conducting an ‘unofficial’ ghost hunt.

4. Balgonie Castle, Glenrothes, Fife

A Green Lady, thought to be linked to the Lundie family who once owned the castle, walks Balgonie, in the company of a dog and a 17th century soldier.
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5. Glamis Castle, Glamis, Angus

Dripping with ghosts and legends, including vampires, the ghost of Janet Douglas, Earl Beardie, a tongueless, screaming woman and the mysterious monster.
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6. Castle of Mey, Thurso, Caithness

Rumoured to be haunted by a Green Lady who is said to be the spirit of the daughter of the 5th Earl, who leapt from a window after being shut away by her father after she fell in love with a servant.

7. Balmoral Castle, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

The spirit of Queen Victoria’s ghillie, John Brown still carries out his rounds in full Highland regalia and has been seem roaming the castle.

8. Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Rumoured to be haunted by Agnes Simpson, a witch and Mary, Queen of Scots’ second husband Lord Darnley; ironically, the blood stains left after the murder of Mary’s secretary, David Rizzio at the hands of Darnley, were said to reappear on the floor each time they were cleaned up.

9. Meggernie Castle, Glenlyon, Perth and Kinross

Two halves of the same ghost haunted different parts of Meggernie; the spectre in question was the wife of a jealous Laird, who murdered her, slicing her in two and burying the body parts in different parts of the castle and grounds.

10. Comlongon Castle, Clarencefield, Dumfries

Haunted by Marion Carruthers, who flung herself to her death in despair from a tower window after taking shelter in the castle to escape a forced marriage, she now walks as a Green Lady, who is heard rather than seen.

11. Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire

The ghosts of evil Lord Soulis, who was boiled alive by angry villagers for torturing children, and Alexander Ramsay haunt the castle, whilst the spectral screams of the tortured children are occasionally heard.

12. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

A ruin spectacularly haunted by a Green Lady, a tall Scandanavian and mysterious ghostly screams.
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13. Stirling Castle, Stirling

Haunted by Mary, Queen of Scots a Pink Lady said to be one of Mary’s Ladies-in-Waiting, who burned to death and mysterious Highlander who once appeared in a photograph taken in 1935.

14. Inverary Castle, Inverary, Argyll and Bute

A Harpist who was murdered when an older version of the castle was sacked and destroyed haunts the modern building; he was apparently caught peeping on the Mistress of the castle as she undressed.

15. Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban, Argyll and Bute

The Green Lady is actually thought to be a Gruagach, a supernatural entity – known as the Ell-Maid, she appears to signify significant events in the lives of the castle owners.

16. Carberry Tower, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Mary, Queen of Scots’ ghost was seen here recently by a visitor nipping out for a smoke: yet another appearance for what has to be the world’s busiest ghost.

17. Balcomie Castle, Crail, Fife

Haunted by the ghost of an unfortunate man who was consigned to the dungeons and starved – for whistling!
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18. Borthwick Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian

This castle boasts yet another Green Lady ghost, and the spirit of Mary, Queen of Scots appearing dressed as a Page Boy, the disguise she took when escaping the castle.

19. Castle Grant, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire

Barbara Grant was locked in a cupboard by her father for falling in love with the wrong man; of course, she died and her ghost now walks the castle.

20. Huntingtower Castle, Perthshire

Yet another Green Lady, known as My Lady Greensleeves, who is a benign figure who legend has it cured a young boy close to death from severe illness and also scared off brutal robbers laying into an old man resident in the castle grounds.

21. Rait Castle, Nairn, Invernesshire 

A handless female ghost walks near the castle, said to be the daughter of the Laird who cut her hands off with his broadsword as she dangled from the ramparts; her crime was falling in love with a lad from a rival clan.
Have you visited any of these Haunted Castles? Tell us about them in the comments below?

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