A spectacular ruin, Linlithgow Palace, now owned by Historic Scotland consists of ranges of buildings around a courtyard. There is also a fine carved fountain in the courtyard which Historic Scotland have now restored and is fully operational. Linlithgow is said to be haunted by a 'Blue Lady' who walks from the entrance of the palace to the door of the nearby parish church of St Michael. The ghost is believed to be seen mostly in the month of April but also in September, at about 9 am in the morning. Queen Margaret's bower is also reputed to be haunted by the ghost of either Margaret Tudor wife of James IV, or Mary of Guise wife of James V. Her apparition has allegedly been witnessed standing at the top of the tower waiting on the return of her husband from battle.
A large ruined mansion, it incorporates also an old tower house. The building was accidentally torched and gutted by fire in 1941, and is now the centre piece of Loudon Castle Theme park. The castle is reputedly haunted by a 'Grey Lady' who was often witnessed before its destruction, and is said to have been witnessed many times since. Another ghost said to haunt Loudon Castle is that of a hunting dog, this eerie appartion has been withnessed several times in the area, and is reported to have glowing eyes.
This extended 16th century tower house was built by Colin Campbell of Glenlyon, but passed to the Menzies of Culdares, then to the Stewarts of Cardney. The ghost story connected with Meggernie is rather gruesome and dates from when the castle was owned by the Menzies. One of the lairds was married to a beautiful wife, but he was a rather jealous man and suspected her of a possible affair. In a fit of rage, he murdered her in one of the chambers in the old part of the castle. Menzies then chopped her body in half, hoping to dispose of it later, and it is believed that he either hid her remains under the floorboards or placed them in a chest. Menzies then fled abroad, and when he returned, claimed that the disappearance of his wife had been due to a possible drowning. Menzies then returned to the task of disposing of her body. He managed to bury the lower half, but then very strangely apparently was murdered himself. From then on strange goings on started to be reported at Meggernie. The apparition of the top half of a woman's body was alleged to haunt the upper floors of the castle; while the lower half was reputedly seen on the ground floor area. During renovation, the upper bones were reportedly discovered by workmen, but the haunting continued even after the bones were given a Christian Burial. Other ghostly disturbances reported at Meggernie included, knockings and bangings and guests being wakened in the middle of the night with the sensation of being kissed. However it was believed that the two witnesses who experienced the later sensation where under the influence of drink at the time, therefore their testimony was not taken as seriously as hoped.
The castle has been the property of the Drummonds since 1646, although some of the building dates from the 15th century. The courtyard of the castle was used for filming part of the film 'Rob Roy' with Liam Neeson in 1994. Megginch is said to be haunted by the whispering of two gossiping women and recorded in recent times.
Standing on the bank of the Tweed, Neidpath Castle dates from the 14th century and is a tower house with a small courtyard. The castle belonged to the Frasers, then the Hays, Douglas Duke of Queensbury and the Earl of Wemyss and March. Legend has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, stayed here, as did James VI. Neidpath Castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman, the 'Maid of Neidpath', her apparition is said to be dressed in a brown gown with a white collar. Other manifestations include, doors opening and closing by themselves, unexplained noises and objects moving by themselves.
This castle has been the property of several families, but was held by the Lauders from 1685 until 1922. Penkaet is reputedly haunted by several ghosts. One is said to be the spectre of Alexander Hamilton, he was a beggar, who was accused of witchcraft after cursing the lady of the house and her eldest daughter. They had both died of a mysterious illness, after throwing Hamilton off their property. Other manifestations include, banging doors and moving furniture, the sounds of footsteps, the sound of a heavy object being dragged across the floor and a four-poster bed, once slept in by Charles I which very often appears to have been used. Penkaet was investigated in the 20th century, when unexplained noises and events were recorded. In recent years no further activity has been reported.
Roslin Castle was once the magnificent fortress of the Sinclair Earls of Orkney and Caithness. Although much is now ruinous, part of the building is still habitable. The castle is said to be haunted by the spectre of a dog. In more recent times the apparition of a knight in black armour, riding a black horse, is alleged to have been seen crossing the bridge to the ruinous castle.
This castle dating from the 12th century, now a ruinous stronghold, is surrounded by a wet moat and a large gatehouse block.. Rothesay Castle now owned by Historic Scotland is alleged to be haunted by a Lady Isobel, her apparition has been seen on the 'Bloody Stair', behind the chapel. Legend has it that Lady Isobel's family were killed by Norsemen and, rather than submit to marriage with a Viking, she sadly took her own life and stabbed herself to death.
This ruinous 13th century castle of the Crichton family is reputedly haunted by two ghosts. One is the 'White Lady', believed to be the spirit of a young woman, Marion of Dalpeddar, who was said to have disappeared in 1590. In 1875-6 workmen found the skeleton of a girl face down in a pit. The other ghost is allegedly that of John Wilson, who was hanged unjustly in 1597. It manifests iteself with groans and the rattling of chains. The headless body of a man was also found around the 1840's, under the floor in one of the castle vaults.
St Andrews Castle
This castle is a ruinous stronghold of the Bishops of St Andrews. It is believed that in 1546, Cardinal David Beaton was murdered and hung naked from the walls. St Andrews Castle is said to be haunted by at least a possible two ghosts, one is Archbishop Hamilton, who was hanged at Stirling after supporting Mary, Queen of Scots. The other being Cardinal Beaton who is said to be seen in a phantom coach.
Stirling is a magnificent fortress, once the most important stronghold in Scotland. This castle owned by Historic Scotland is reputed to be haunted by several ghosts. One is a 'Pink Lady', the apparition of a beautiful woman in a pink silk gown. She has been identified as a phantom of Mary, Queen of Scots or the ghost of a woman searching for her husband. The ghost is said to go as far at the Church of the Holyrood, although her apparition is said to been seen most frequently at Ladies Rock, situated between the castle and the church. Another the 'Green Lady' is thought to be often associated with fire, she may have been a lady in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots - and she is believed to have saved Mary when her bedclothes caught fire. The apparition has been seen in recent times. The Governor's Block is alleged to be haunted by the sounds of ghostly footsteps, the steps have been reported by soldiers who are based in the castle and are believed to come from an upstairs chamber. In the 1820's a sentry was found dead in the Governor's Block, nobody knows what happened to him, but when he was discovered there was a look of frightened terror on his face. After this, certain parts of the Govenor's Block were closed down. Recent activity has been reported in the Castle Kitches which have been restored and opened to the public
This large mansion built between 1801 and 1842, incorporates part of a 16th century castle of the Campbells. Taymouth is reputedly haunted, and the sounds of ghostly footsteps have been heard on many occasions. During its use as a school in the 1980's, it is said that some of the students were so scared by the unexplainable happenings that they refused to stay in the castle.