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Eight Haunted Castles to Visit in Scotland

by Patrick Bernauw on 24/12/08 at 9:10 am

A spooky tour of the Haunted Castles of Scotland.

Glamis Castle

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The most famous haunted castle of Spooky Scotland is propably Glamis Castle. Since 1372, the castle has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl, and princess Margaret was born there (1930). The castle has a gruesome history: in the 11the century, king Malcolm III was murdered here… and so was king Duncan in Shakespeare’s cursed play Macbeth. In the 16th century, the widow of a Lord of Glamis, lady Janet Douglas, was burned at the stake as a witch, because she attempted to kill King James V. Count Beardie is playing cards with Satan in a locked room, where once some unknown but terrible secret was hidden. This could have something to do with the monstrous creature that was born around 1816 in Glamis and lived there for more than a hundred years… The Creature is also still haunting Glamis, but don’t let him spoil your meal in the Victorian Kitchen Restaurant, that recently received a Silver Award from Eat Scotland!

Mylady Greensleeves of Huntingtower Castle

Huntingtower Castle, near Perth, was owned by the Earls of Gowrie. In 1582, the Earl got involved in a plot to kidnap King James VI and was executed. The castle was forfeit to the Crown, together with the ghost of the Green Lady Dorothea Ruthven. She was also known as Mylady Greensleeves, because of the well known and centuries old love song Greensleeves, that ends with this line: “Come once again and love me…” – If you are ill, the ghost of Mylady Greensleeves will cure you. And if love hurts real bad, she will comfort you.

A Living Legend: The Black Colonel of Braemar Castle

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In 1689, John Grahame of Claverhouse attempted to re-establish the Stuart monarchy against that of the Dutch King William. The coup wasn’t very successful and resulted in the occupation of Braemar Castle by government troops. But John Farquharson of Inverey, also known as the Black Colonel, managed to escape, returned to the castle, attacked the garrison and burned down the building. Now, old heroes never die… and the Black Colonel sure became a true living legend, since he was reported somewhere in the 1970’s to watch tv together with the owner of the castle. Braemar Castle is also haunted by a pretty blond haired girl, a young bride who committed suicide when her husband abandoned her.

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Dec 24th, 2008

very interesting keep up the good work :)

Bozsi Rose

Dec 24th, 2008

Really cool article!! I am so frightened by ghost stories!

ur guide

Dec 24th, 2008

interesting article

Unofre Pili

Dec 24th, 2008

Fascinating article.


Dec 24th, 2008

Booooo. I love this stuff! Great and very interesting article, Patrick.

Thanks for sharing this piece.


Dec 25th, 2008

Interesting article! I love this stuff!

Lost in Arizona

Dec 25th, 2008

I’ve always loved a good ghost story, though I’ve not heard many from Scotland (with the exception of Macbeth’s). Loved the spooky tales. Happy Holidays! ;)

Alvin Lim

Dec 25th, 2008

I’ve heard about Scotland being an eerie place to visit but I didn’t know the exact location. My friends who have been to Edinburgh told me they have this “ghost tour” that will bring you around to haunted places around Edinburgh. Not sure if that trip covers some of the places here. Haha. I’m not going to find out though. My heart is not strong enough. :D

Anyway, great read. Thanks for sharing.

Lauren Axelrod

Dec 26th, 2008

I added a link to this on my blog Patrick. Love it!

Patrick Bernauw

Dec 27th, 2008

WOW, Lauren! That’s really great!… (I’m going to make a series about European Hauntings!)

nobert soloria bermosa

Dec 27th, 2008

awesome read,i’d love to visit these castles when given the opportunity


Dec 27th, 2008

I agree with everyone above this is cool stuff!!


Feb 5th, 2009

i really liked number 3

henry solano

Feb 5th, 2009

ghosts are really cool and i want to go to one of the castles

shonta harrelson

Feb 26th, 2009

I had a paranormal experince.Since then I have been interested with ghosts.the castles sound wonderful.would give just about any thing to go to scotland.thanks alot for the read

I love ghosts

May 5th, 2009

I would love to visit these castles when given the chance :) That’s a great article ;p

sultan huzur rusulla

Aug 8th, 2009

great great move on!!

MMV Abad

Nov 1st, 2009

Cool spooky tales. Well presented and well written. Thank you.


Nov 1st, 2009

now i want to go to Scotland!!!


Nov 2nd, 2009

I have always been fascinated by haunted castles! Chilling write, Patrick!

Mr Ghaz

Nov 3rd, 2009

Excellent!..nice post..I loved spooky story..especially this one..Thanks :)

Lauren Axelrod

Jan 30th, 2010

This article will be featured on my Monday Ground Up about Glamis Castle. Look for it tomorrow at the http://www.ancientdigger.com


Dec 11th, 2010

wondered if you might like to be featured on http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/ghosts.php

Frances G

Jul 28th, 2012

An enjoyable read! Especially the part about the devil playing games. I heard that somewhere! Keep up the great work!

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