Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneasy feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.
Scotland has many buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. In several parts, I’ll be telling all paranormal stories and the history of Scotland’s buildings! Today: the third part!
- Dunrobin castle
A young woman is said to haunt the dressmaker’s room on the upper floors of Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie. The story goes that in the 15th century, the Earl of Sutherland imprisoned a beautiful young woman from a rival clan with plans to marry her. She tried to escape by climbing a sheet rope, but fell dead. Sounds of her crying can still be heard from the room to this day. And legend has it that the daughter of the 14th Earl fell dead through a window in the attic, where she was locked up by her father in an attempt to avoid marrying an unfit man. She’s said to haunt the top floor of the castle.
2. Stirling Castle
One of the most important castles in Scotland’s history, Stirling Castle is said to be haunted by a haunted Highlander, dressed in all-traditional costume, complete with kilt. He’s often mistaken for a guide and stories have been told of visitors approaching him, only that he turned and disappeared before their eyes. It also has reports of a green lady who is said to be the ghost of one of Mary Queen of Scots servants. Mary herself has been said to be the identity of the ghost of a pink lady sighted here.
3. Culzean Castle
Perched on a cliff on the Ayrshire coast, Culzean Castle looks just as haunted on the outside as it does on the inside. Several ghosts are said to roam the castle, including a young woman with a ball gown and a ghostly gray mist, who was seen climbing the grand oval staircase. A ghostly bagpipe player is also said to play his pipes on the premises, especially when a member of the Kennedy family is about to get married, and has also been heard playing on stormy nights, mixed with the sound of wind and crashing waves from the ocean. It’s the home to at least seven ghosts including a servant girl.
4. Inveraray Castle
Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne, the beautiful Inveraray Castle is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts. A young Irish harpist, murdered by the Duke of Montrose’s men in 1644, is said to haunt the MacArthur Room. He was hanged for peeping at the lady of the house. The sound of a mysterious harp playing has been reported by visitors to this castle. Then there’s also the ‘gray lady’ of the castle, only seen by the daughters of a Duke of Argyll. Another eerie apparition is the ghostly ‘Galley of Lorne,’ which drifts on the horizon when a duke dies.
5. The Old Tay Bridge
The Tay Bridge disaster is one of the most memorable engineering disasters in Scotland’s history. On December 28, 1879, just two years after opening in Dundee, the bridge was hit by a terrible storm that weakened its central section and collapsed as a passenger train crossed, killing everyone on board. It’s said that on the anniversary of the disaster, a ghostly train can be seen crossing the part of the Tay where the fateful bridge is said to have stood before disappearing at the point of its collapse. What remains of the old bridge’s pillars can still be seen next to the current Tay Bridge.
Which story had you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?
Love, Deem/Skye Lewis ❤