Most Haunted Places To Visit In Scotland
Scotland doesn’t need Halloween to be spooky. Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries, but with beautiful places, it also has a number of haunted places. Scotland is a country with a long and rich history. It has castles in almost every part of the country and most of them have a spooky reputation. Almost every town in the country has a haunted place. If you like to explore the unknown, then here’s our pick of 10 Most Haunted Places To Visit In Scotland.
10 Most Haunted Places To Visit In Scotland
1. Edinburgh Castle & Mary King’s Close:
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous haunted places in the world. Situated high above the Scottish capital, there have been numerous reports of paranormal activity in the castle, from former prisoners to a headless drummer to a piper. Many people have reported having heard the sound of the drummer and the piper. It is said that the drummer only appears when the castle is about to be attacked.
Mary King’s Close is an underground close where people lived, worked, and died in the 17th century. One area of the close was bricked up during an outbreak of plague, that re-opened recently. It is referred to as the most haunted place in the Scottish capital. Reportedly, the spirit of a young girl has often been seen. The Edinburgh Vaults are also said to be haunted.
2. Culloden Moor:
The bloody battle of Culloden took place near Culloden Moor in 1746. This is the barren field where the Jacobite rising was officially crushed when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebel army was decisively defeated by government forces. Thousands of clansmen were cut down during the battle and it is said that cries, sword clashes and gunfire can still be heard. Visitors have also reported seeing the bodies of the fallen and a forlorn-looking Highlander is said to haunt the area, murmuring the word ‘defeated’ when encountered.
3. Greyfriars Kirkyard:
Greyfriars cemetery is quite famous for the ghosts of Covenanters who were tortured and executed. The Greyfriars Kirkyard is called one of the most haunted places on the planet. The place is haunted by the Mackenzie Poltergeist, the spirit of Sir George Mackenzie. Allegedly, many times the poltergeist left visitors with bruised, scratch, and even knocked unconscious. You can also see the grave of Thomas Riddell, the inspiration for Lord Voldemort’s real name, Tom Riddle.
4. Stirling Castle:
The Stirling Castle is said to be haunted by a ghostly Highlander and a green lady who is said to be the ghost of one of Mary Queen of Scots servants. The Highlander allegedly is dressed in full traditional costume, complete with kilt. And visitors often mistake him for a tour guide. When he is approached, he turns away and disappears. It is also said that Mary herself has been the identity of the ghost of a pink lady sighted here.
5. Cawdor Castle:
In Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth was made Thane of Cawdor and the play is said to be haunted. And it is said that the castle has been cursed by a group of witches, outraged by the fact that Shakespeare used one of their spells in the iconic opening of Macbeth. The castle is also haunted by the supposed daughter of the Earl of Cawdor. Earl of Cawdor allegedly cut off her hands after he discovered she was in a relationship with the son of a rival family. When she tried to lower herself out a window in order to escape, he cut off her hands.
6. Rosslyn Chapel:
Rosslyn Chapel became widely known after the novel and movie The Da Vinci Code. Located south-east of Edinburgh, this church was built in the fifteenth century for the Sinclair family. The chapel is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts. Including the ghost of the apprentice who carved the famous Apprentice Pillar, a black knight riding on horseback and a mysterious lady in white.
7. Glamis Castle:
The Glamis Castle said to contain a secret room, bricked up hundreds of years ago with Earl of Crawford, forever locked in a game of cards with Satan himself. The castle was the family home of the late Queen Mother. A Lady in White said to be the spirit of the Lady of Glamis who was imprisoned for years before being burned at the stake on the accusation of witchcraft also haunts the castle. A child ghosts, nighttime hammerings and an old lady who drags a sack through the grounds at night also reportedly haunts the castle.
8. Skaill House:
At Skara Brae in Orkney, the Skaill House was built on the grounds of a Neolithic settlement. It is said that the land that was inhabited for over 5,000 years, could be an ancient Pictish burial ground. There have been many sightings of ghostly figures and spirits in empty rooms and odd occurrences like the sudden waft of cigarette smoke.
9. Fyvie Castle:
Fyvie Castle said to be haunted by the spectre of Lilias Drummond. It is rumoured that Lilias Drummond was starved to death by her husband and some also believe that she died from a broken heart. It is said that the night Lilias’s husband took a new wife, she curved her name on his bedroom window. The green-ghost of Lilias and the writing can still be seen. A dead drummer and a haunted trumpeter are also believed to roam the Castle.
10. Culzean Castle:
Set on a cliff facing the Ayrshire coast, Culzean Castle is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Ghost of a young woman wearing a ballgown dais to roam the castle with a ghostly grey mist. A ghost of a piper is also heard playing his pipes in the grounds. Especially when a member of the Kennedy family is about to get married, and on stormy nights, mixed in with the sound of wind and crashing waves from the ocean, the piper can be heard.