From castles said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary, Queen of Scots, to moors where others have heard sword clashes and cries from past battles, Scotland is home to many locations that are no stranger to a little paranormal activity every now and then. Below we have listed some of the most haunted, yet wonderous locations in Scotland.
Whilst Glencoe is one of the most magnificent parts of Scotland, the area can often have a rather eerie atmosphere. During the winter of 1692, one of the bloodiest incidents in Scottish history took place at Glencoe when a troop of soldiers massacred the MacDonald clan as they lay sleeping in their beds. Visitors now claim to have seen re-enactments of the massacre or have heard screams in the glen around the time of its anniversary. Perhaps this is why the area was named Glencoe, meaning ‘Valley of Weeping’ in Gaelic.
The Battle of Culloden is another bloody incident that took place in Scotland as it was the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising in 1745. Culloden Moor, near Inverness, is where the battle between the Jacobite’s and government’s troops took place. Thousands of men died on the battlefield, most of them Jacobites. People visiting the site today claim to have heard sword clashes and cries, whilst others have seen the spirits of the soldiers who fought. The moors are also regularly used as filming locations in the TV series, Outlander.
Many Scottish castles are thought to be haunted, but Stirling is amongst the best of them. Stirling Castle, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The castle is often referred to as the key to the kingdom of Scotland. A few paranormal sightings have been reported here, including the ghost of the Green Lady, thought to be a servant of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the ghost of a Highlander, dressed in full Highlander attire. Several tourists have reported asking him questions, believing he is a tour guide, only to see him diminish and disappear into thin air!
Eilean Donan Castle
The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands is another one of Scotland’s most recognised castles. Eilean Donan Castle also played a role in the Jacobite risings of the 17th and 18th centuries, which ultimately culminated in the castle’s destruction. The castle is said to be haunted by the spirit of a Spanish soldier killed during a siege in the 18th century. Other stories tell of the ghost of ‘Lady Mary’ who has been spotted in one of the bedrooms of the castle.
Real Mary King’s Close
Real Mary King’s Close is one of Scotland’s most unique historic sites, hidden underneath the buildings on the lively Royal Mile in the Old Town area of Edinburgh. The close has been well-known for hauntings with ghost sightings dating back to the 17th century and lots of paranormal investigations taking place. One of the best-known ghost tales is of a child named Annie who lost her doll. Real Mary King’s Close is open to the public for normal tours as well as paranormal tours.
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