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  • January 13, 2024
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Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly located castle in Scotland. It can be found in a breathtaking place in the middle of the Scottish Highlands. The Sutherland family, one of the seven Earldoms in Scotland, has been living in it for centuries. There’s so much history within the walls of this beautiful castle. No wonder it’s haunted by the ghosts of the past.

The history of Dunrobin Castle  

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Dunrobin Castle was named as a stronghold since 1410, but it has been the home of the Sutherland family since the 13 th  century. King Alexander II made William Sutherland the 1 st  Earl of Sutherland in 1235 and with this, a long family history of Earls and Dukes was born. The castle was named after the 6 th  Earl of Sutherland, Robert (Robin) Sutherland, who died in 1426. In the early 16 th  century, the Sutherland Earldom passed on to Gordon when the 8 th  Earl’s daughter Elizabeth married Adam Gorden.

When the 8 th Earl passed away, the castle was inherited by Elizabeths older brother, Alexander, but he lost the castle because of a stupid dispute to Adam Gordon. In the absence of Adam in 1518, Alexander took his chance and re-claimed Dunrobin Castle. When Adam found out, he quickly returned and re-captured his castle. Alexander’s head was placed on top of the castle on a spear. But this was not the only bloodshed the castle has seen.  

More spilled blood  

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Alexander’s son John didn’t want to give up the family castle, either. He tried where his father failed and was killed in the castle garden. An aunt of the Sutherland’s tried to change the course of succession by murdering the 11 th Earl and his Countess in 1567. Even though her plan succeeded, the name Gordon remained. After this incident, it remained calm until 1745, when the castle was attacked and seized by the Jacobites without a warning.

The 17 th  Earl narrowly managed to escape the castle by climbing from the windows and he fled to Aberdeen by boat to join the Duke of  Cumberland’s army. Together they defeated the Jacobites at Culloden Moor and the Earl decided to change his name back to Sutherland. When the 18 th  Earl died, his one-year-old daughter Elizabeth succeeded her father as the 19 th  Countess of Sutherland. At first many were against this title, but it was later granted. She later married George Leveson-Gower who became the 1 st  Duke of Sutherland.   

Importance of the Sutherland Family  

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Being one of the just 7 Earldoms in Scotland made you important enough to even marry into Royalty. One of the Earls married the  daughter  of King Robert de Bruce and the 12 th  Earl married Jean Gordon, Countess of Bothwell. She was the ex-wife of the 4 th Earl of Bothwell who later married Mary, Queen of Scots. And that didn’t go very well for him as you can read in the story on Holyrood Palace . 

About Dunrobin Castle  

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Dunrobin  Castle started as a fortified square keep with 6 ft thick walls (1,8 m) and a stone vaulted ceiling, which was unusual for that period. Later, stairs leading to a great house were added, and the castle was expanded several times over the centuries. In 1850, architect Charles Barry, who created the Houses of Parliament, added a Victorian touch to the great house and the garden. The design for the garden was inspired by the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

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The castle even got its own private railway station in 1870! A fire nearly destroyed the castle in 1915 and much of Barry’s interior was ruined. The castle was then used as a naval hospital for WWI victims. When the 5 th Duke of Sutherland died in 1963, it passed on to his niece. She turned it into a boarding school for boys from 1965 to 1972. Since 1973, the castle has been open to the public.  

The ghosts of Dunrobin Castle  

A castle with so much history and bloodshed must be haunted, and it is! Though not by Alexander, nor by John and not even by the 11 th  Earl of Sutherland and his poor wife. Nor by war victims, either. Then by who? Well, that’s a whole other story.   

The ghost of Margaret Gordon  

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The 14 th  Earl had a daughter named Margaret. Margaret was promised to the son of another Earl, but she already lost her heart to a stable boy named Jamie Gunn. Of course, her father didn’t approve of the love affair between his daughter and this commoner, so Jamie was banished off the estate. Margaret was locked up in a room in the tower, now known as the Seamstress’s Room. Jamie snuck back in the castle and managed to reach Margaret. He had a plan.

She was going to escape by a long rope so they could run away together. Which seems like a good plan, ended up in tragedy. While Margaret was already hanging onto the rope, they were discovered. Her father demanded her to come back up, but Margaret knew she was never going to be happy without Jamie, so she let go of the rope and fell to her death. Her crying ghost can be heard near her room in the tower to this day.  

Dunrobin  Castle today  

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Part of the castle is still inhabited by the Sutherland Family, but 18 of the 189 rooms, the garden and some public spaces are open to the public. The Seamstress’s Room is not open to the public and it has been sealed off because of poor Margaret. The castle houses a museum which used to be William’s Summer house. It’s now stuffed with trophy heads, shot by members of the family and archeological artifacts which are of great value. The castle is open from April until November and it has its own falconry show. But if the Seamstress’s Room was open, would you dare to spend the night in there?  

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Cover photo: Nickfrom via pixabay Sources:   wikipedia , dunrobincastle.co. uk ,  britblog,nl , undiscoveredscotland.co. uk , hauntedplaces.co. uk , travelassiciates.com, haunted-scotland.co. uk , thefairytaletraveler.com and castlesofscotland.co.uk   Address:   Golspie , Sutherland, KW10 6SF, Scotland  

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Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle in the Scottish Highlands

Dunrobin Castle was one of the first places my wife and I visited on our first tour around the Dornoch area while staying at Grannie's Heilan' Hame . We had seen it across the Dornoch Firth from Embo as this large white building, only getting the smallest hint at its true grandeur.

Up close you can truly appreciate the scope of one of Scotland's great houses, often called the "Jewel in the crown of the Highlands". Located in the northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth and Dornoch Bay, Dunrobin Castle is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland, dating back to the early 14th century.

It has been in the Sutherland family for over seven hundred years and is still home to Lord Strathnaver / Earl of Sutherland - Alastair Charles St Clair Sutherland, who resides in the private wing.

Looking across the bay to Dunrobin, across the North Sea. East coast of Highlands.

Castle Design

Perched on a terrace high above its walled garden, it resembles a French château, complete with conical towers and chamfered windows. The front of the castle looks entirely different to the rear, I guess due to the additions to the castle over hundreds of years which even includes a clock tower.

Dunrobin is a magnificent castle with architectural influences from Sir Charles Barry, who designed London's houses of parliament - and Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer. It has 189 rooms!

Rear view of the castle

Dunrobin Castle History

Here is a very brief outline of the history of Dunrobin Castle, ordered by date.

1211  - Lands acquired by Hugh, Lord of Duffus, grandson of Freskin de Moravia, with links to  Duffus Castle ,  Skelbo Castle  and  Dornoch Cathedral .

1235  - The creation of the Earldom of Sutherland, it's possible an early medieval fort existed at the site of the castle.

1401  - First mentioned as the ancestral home of Clan Sutherland, one of the most powerful families in Britain.

1512  - Following the death of the 8th Earl of Sutherland, the castle went to Adam Gordon through marriage.

1427  - The name Dubrobin may have originated from Robert, the 6th Earl of Sutherland, meaning "Robin's Hill" in Gaelic.

1600  - At a more peaceful time, the castle was extended with a large house.

Old Castle and new castle joining

1746  - The castle was captured by the Jacobites as the Sutherlands were always supporters of the government... however the Earl escaped to Aberdeen by boat and later returned to reclaim the castle. Dunrobin was the last castle in Scotland to be taken in war.

1807  - George Levenson-Gower, the first Duke of Sutherland, initiates the infamous Highland clearances.

1870  - Dunrobin Castle gets its own private railway station, still maintained today and is a category B listed building.

Some of the antiques on display.

1914  - During the first world war, the castle was used as a naval hospital.

1915  - A fire extensively damages the interior of the castle and Sir Robert Lorimer was given the task to renovate the castle.

1940  - The castle was again used as a hospital during world war 2.

1965 -  Dunrobin Castle has a short run as a boy's boarding school.

1972  - The school was closed, and the castle went back to private accommodation for the Sutherland family.

1973  - The Castle and gardens are opened to the public.

Ceiling detail

Interior Tour of Dunrobin Castle

The self-guided tour around Dunrobin Castle is fantastic. You follow a one-way system around the interior of the castle, taking in many fine sights and rooms along the way. You can take your time and make your way around at your own pace without feeling too rushed. Strategically placed information boards around the circuit provide much-needed insight into each area of this wonderful castle.

Although the tour is not guided there are some staff members in some of the rooms who are more than happy to tell you about the room and answer any questions you might have.

Dunrobin Castle tickets

Our entry to the castle was quite reasonably priced at £36.50 for a family of five; the tickets themselves make for a nice souvenir.

The staircase

Entrance hall and staircase

The first area you arrive at is the entrance hall with its grand large staircase complete with chandelier, portraits and stags heads adorning the walls.

The Dining Room

Dining Room

This grand dining room was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in the early 1900s after a fire damaged the castle in 1915. There is a Khorassan carpet on the floor and a fine silver dining set made in Georgian and Victorian times. The 22 Jacobean style dining chairs each have their own unique family coat of arms.

The Music Room

The Music Room

The centrepiece of the Music room is a beautiful grand piano, it would have been great to hear the acoustics of the room with all its wood panelling. There are many fine paintings on the walls, including one of an Irish Chieftain - Sir Neil O'Neil, 2nd Baronet of Killeleagh.

Spiral staircase

The Drawing Room

This room is home to many fine items of furniture, the centrepiece being an XVI French table made by Joseph Baumhauer between 1745 and 1772. The walls are adorned with beautiful tapestries depicting scenes from Greek life.

The Library

The Library

Housing over 10,000 books, Dunrobin is home to a fine library with many rare books. Items of interest include a globe of the world and a Georgian reading rest. The room is beautifully lined with sycamore wood throughout to the specification of Sir Robert Lorimer.

Dunrobin bedroom

The Ladies sitting room

Another room with walls decorated with fine tapestries commissioned for a visit from Queen Victoria in 1872.

Medals in the military room.

The Military Room

A fascinating room containing a range of weapons, uniforms, medals and flags of the 93rd Highlanders.

Gift shop

The Gift Shop

At the end of your tour, you can visit the gift shop containing a wide variety of items related to the castle and Scotland, including tote bags, chocolates and jams. It was a welcome change to see the items here were not ludicrously overpriced like many places. We purchased some fridge magnets (our new goal for each new place we visit). The till ladies were really nice and chatted with the kids enthusiastically.

Dunrobin Gardens

Dunrobin Castle Gardens

Walking around the Victorian gardens at Dunrobin is very peaceful and serene. The gardens were designed by Sir Charles Barry and arranged into two parterres with circular pools with inspiration taken from the gardens of Versailles. There are many opportunities here to get fantastic photos of the castle. The best place for a family shot is at the fountain in the main parterre with the castle in the background.

It's possible to walk around all areas of the formal garden and there are a lot of hidden details, such as gravestones from a horse cemetery and a greek sacrificial altar.

Dunrobin Gardens

Falconry Display

The Falconry displays in Dunrobin Castle gardens are one of the highlights of a visit to the castle. There are two displays daily at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm featuring Peregrine, Gyrfalcon and Harris hawks. You can learn about how these birds of prey hunt and survive from the resident falconer. On our visit, there were also owls and some other varieties of birds.

The Falconer swings a baited line around his head (like a cowboy), and the birds swoop down and grab it; it shows off these fine birds' hunting prowess. The kids really loved this show, and it was highly educational.

Falconry display

Victorian Museum

Just to the side of the gardens is a Victorian Museum. It is an interesting place full of curios and stuffed animals from the local area as well as animals shot on safari trips to Africa. The museum also includes an important collection of Pictish stones. I have never actually been into the museum despite visiting the castle on multiple occasions... the taxidermy just makes me feel really uncomfortable for some reason.

Dunrobin Castle view with pond.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does anyone live in dunrobin castle.

Yes, Lord Strathnaver / Earl of Sutherland - Alastair Charles St Clair Sutherland currently resides at Dunrobin Castle in the private wing.

Can you go inside Dunrobin Castle?

Yes, there is a fantastic self-guided tour around many rooms.

Is Dunrobin Castle haunted?

What good would a Scottish castle be without its very own ghost story? Dunrobin is said to be haunted by the daughter of the 14th Earl - a young woman named Margaret. The earl did not approve of her suitor, and she was no longer allowed to see him. This prompted an escape attempt from an upstairs window where she, unfortunately, fell to her death.

She is said to roam the upper corridors of the castle, wailing about her lost love and early demise.

Walking back to the castle

Are there any nice walks near Dunrobin Castle?

The  Big Burn Walk  is a brilliant walk a short distance away from the castle. The walk follows a gorge with waterfalls, bridges and streams, a truly pleasant walk. The coastal walk is also great with views of the castle.  Further along the coast also exists Carn Liath Broch , a 2000-year-old roundhouse ruin.

The coastal walk

It's also possible to walk from Dunrobin all the way to the summit of Ben Bhraggie, to see the (much-maligned) Duke of Sutherland statue.

Golspie Golf Club  offers excellent facilities if you would like to partake in a few rounds on your visit to Golspie.

View from gardens, looking up! French chateâu features.

A visit to Dunrobin Castle makes for an excellent day out in the northern highlands. Not only for the enormous, magnificent castle and gardens but the history on offer. The falconry display adds to the perfect day out. Dunrobin is a must-see on your visit to Sutherland and is my second  favourite castle  in Scotland.  It really is worth exploring outside the touristy areas around  Edinburgh in the central belt and investigating the more remote areas of Scotland; Dunrobin Castle is the ideal place.

All information was correct at the time of writing, please check things like entry costs and opening times before you arrive.

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grace 21st of November 2023 @ 17:28:56

i love this castle

Marjorie Ulisa Fletcher 16th of October 2022 @ 13:26:01

I shall be travelling to Scotland in April next year and hope to visit around Easter time. I have enjoyed the article and look forward to seeing this magnificent castle.

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Dunrobin Castle

by Ian · Published September 12, 2008 · Updated November 12, 2018

The castle is interesting because of its associated haunting, and it also houses a museum within its grounds containing many enigmatic picture stones. These stones, found all over Eastern Scotland are Pictish in origin, and nobody has successfully explained the strange symbols and pictures which decorate their surface.

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The castle’s current appearance only dates from the 19th and 20th century, when it was redesigned and refurbished to its present gothic appearance. The 15th century keep is still intact and formed the major core for later building.

Ghosts and legends The upper floors of the castle are said to be haunted by the ghost of the daughter of the 4th Earl. She tried to flee the castle with her lover but was caught in the process. The Earl did not think the man worthy enough for his daughter and had her imprisoned in an attic room. She fell to her death while trying to escape and is now said to wander the castle.

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Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's Great Houses and is one of the most majestic, looking like a French château with its fantastic gardens. It is the largest house in the Highlands of Scotland with 189 rooms, and one of Britain’s oldest inhabited houses, dating in parts from the early 1300s. It was home to the Dukes of Sutherland, and it is now occupied by the Earls of Sutherland who are their descendants.

The falconry display is excellent and takes place in the gardens at 11.30am and 2:30pm daily from 1st May to 31st October.

The personal museum of the Dukes is also worth visiting for its shockingly large collection of hunting trophies (it was acceptable in the 1800s) and other curious items from around the world.

As you might expect with such a long history, Dunrobin Castle claims to have a few ghosts. One room, the "Seamstress's Room", is said to be haunted by the ghost of an imprisoned young maiden who fell from a window whilst trying to escape. Maybe just our imagination, but the room does have a "feeling" about it.

Dunrobin is one of our favourite castles. We love the entrance hall with its grand staircase and portraits which remind us of "Hogwarts" in the Harry Potter movies. The gardens also deserve a visit and you will get your best photographs of the castle from there.

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The upper floor of Dunrobin Castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Margaret, daughter of the 14th Earl of Sutherland in the 17th Century.

Margaret fell in love with a man her father considered unsuitable. Her father locked Margaret in the attic of Dunrobin Castle whilst he arranged for a more suitable marriage.

Her maid helped in her escape, arranging for her lover to wait at the bottom of the Castle with a horse whilst she smuggled a rope to Margaret. As Margaret was climbing out of the window her father entered the chamber and discovered the plot. Margaret was so frightened that she lost her grip on the rope and fell to her death.

Her ghost still haunts Dunrobin Castle, weeping for her lover, who placed a curse on the Earl, in revenge for the death of Margaret.

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Dunrobin Castle

The most northerly of scotland's great houses.

Dunrobin Castle’s windows and French chateau-style spires overlook the North Sea from its place atop a prominent bluff. The castle’s architecture, gleaming white bricks, and stunning Highlands backdrop make it easily one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland.

The castle looks like it is straight from the pages of a fairytale. There should be a princess in one of the towers, awaiting her Prince Charming! Situated just one mile north of Golspie and five miles south of Brora, the castle’s beautiful scenery provides an experience like no other.

History runs through the veins of this castle. And much of it is still visible to this day as guests explore the castle on tours, or take a stroll through the beautiful gardens. There is something for everybody at Dunrobin Castle with exciting falconry displays, the fascinating museum, and the delightful tearoom and gift shop.

About Dunrobin Castle

This stunning castle is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland . The Scottish Great House has 189 rooms and 120,000 of land, making it the largest house in the Highlands. However, the castle was not built as a domestic haven.

Originally built as a military fortress, the castle has evolved and changed over the years. It was home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland and Clan Sutherland . Then, during the First World War, it was used as a naval hospital. After the war, from 1965 to 1972, it was a boys’ boarding school. But, these days, it is once again home to the Earl of Sutherland. The 25th Earl and his family live in the castle.

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We stayed here as part of our NC500 tour. A very nice hotel with rooms obviously quite recently redecorated. A very large bed, and a decent sized bathroom to boot. The food was lovely too and even their Covid one way system wasn’t too much of a problem. They have a couple of car chargers in their off street car park which are free to use, just ask at reception

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Visitors welcome

The castle, as well as its stunning gardens, now welcome the public on a daily basis. Guests are invited to experience and soak up the history of the castle, whether that be through the wonderful museum, or simply by enjoying the architecture. Much of the castle’s design acts as a window into the past, with elements of its history as a military fortress visible, as well as towers that are still vaulted.

Tour Dunrobin Castle

Visitors can explore the castle on a self-guided tour with the help of detailed information boards and knowledgeable staff. Those working at the castle are always happy to answer any questions as visitors wander through the 18 incredible rooms. The tours begin in the grand public rooms and continue to the dining room, drawing room, and the spectacular library that is currently home to 10,000 books.

Dunrobin’s current design was created by Sir Charles Barry , who created the fairytale appearance that the castle is now known for. He was tasked with remodelling the castle in 1845 by the owners, who wanted the castle to sit as an example of French elegance. His work did wonders, creating what is now an incredible, elegant and unforgettable castle.

As you explore the castle, the extravagant hunting trophies and family portraits will make you feel as if you’ve truly been transported to a bygone time. Each of the rooms is filled with wonderful furniture and art that is equally as beautiful as the castle itself. And, of course, no self-respecting castle would be without some kind of ghost. On your journey around the castle, you can learn about Dunrobin’s very own ghost. The seamstress’ room is said to be haunted by the ghost of an imprisoned maiden. Trying to escape, she fell from the window to her death!

Dunrobin Castle Gardens

Once you have finished exploring the castle, there are wonderful gardens to wander around. The gardens are stunning, and just like the castle, were inspired by the French. Filled with fascinating topiary that you can view from formal walkways between beautiful flowerbeds, the gardens of Dunrobin were actually inspired and modelled on the Garden of Versaille.

Photography is not permitted inside the castle, but feel free to take plenty of pictures in the gardens. There is definitely plenty for you to take photos of!

The gardens haven’t changed much since they were created 150 years ago. But, there have been a few recent refurbishments to the planting and ornaments. There are new avenues of Tuscan laurel and Whitebeam, and wooden pyramids have been constructed as an ornamental feature.

The gardens are well sheltered, so they can support a surprising range of plants. There is a huge clump of giant rhubarb whose leaves measure eight feet. Mexican orange blossom, Californian lilies, a rare climbing hybrid tea rose, and fuchsias all thrive, despite being in the harsh climate of the Scottish Highlands. A variety of fuchsia, created by a previous gardener, can be seen in the garden, and many of the flowers in the garden can also be seen within the castle, as all of the cut flowers within the castle are from the grounds.

Falconry displays and museum

There are regular falconry displays on the Castle lawn from April to October, typically, these displays occur twice a day. During the display, the falconer will share all sorts of incredible information about the birds of prey, and each day, a few lucky spectators get to take part and hold some of the birds.

Inside, the museum will provide you with lots more fascinating history. There are some very interesting collections housed there. Ethnographic items, archaeological relics, and even information on the coal mine at Brora. The museum is host to a collection of Pictish stones, a section on geology, and gold panning at Kildonan, as well as a display of animal heads that the family hunted on safari years ago.

The castle tour, gardens, museum, and falconry display are all included in the entry price .

Tea room, shop and directions

You can refuel in the delightful tea room . They serve a variety of drinks, sandwiches, hot meals, homemade soups, and cakes. Once you’ve had your fill to eat and drink, check out the gift shop . The shop has a great choice of gifts to take home as a reminder of your day, with quality Scottish crafts, hats, scarves, handbags, toiletries, postcards, and other souvenirs.

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Scotland is famous for its castles. There was once over 3,000 scattered throughout the country, and many have creepy stories and mysterious tales to tell. We’ve studied hundreds of gruesome tales to bring you our top 9 haunted castles in Scotland for you to investigate.

So draw the curtains and dim the lights, let’s go in search of creepy haunted castles!

Fyvie Castle Ghost

This magnificent 800-year-old castle was once a Royal residence and played host to Robert the Bruce and King Charles I. The sumptuous interior was created by Lord Leith who bought Fyvie in 1889. He amassed a collection of arms and armour as well as impressive artworks including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough.

Fyvie Castle seen from the grounds

Fyvie is home to the ghost of Lilias Drummond, known as “The Green Lady”. Legend has it that a previous owner of the castle, Alexander Seton, starved her to death in revenge for not providing him with a son and heir.

The night that he remarried, she made an appearance outside the newlyweds bedchamber lamenting their nuptials and creating a hullabaloo.

In the morning it was discovered that she had scratched her name into the castle wall, which can still be viewed to this day.

Edinburgh Castle Piper

One of Scotland’s most important historical monuments, Edinburgh Castle is on the to-do list for most visitors to Scotland’s Capital City.

Edinburgh Castle seen atop its volcanic core

When the last tourists have left, and the castle is secured for the night, the soldiers on duty have reported hearing the faint sound of the bagpipes as they make their rounds.

The legend of the Edinburgh Castle Piper goes back several centuries when a tunnel was discovered under castle rock. No one knew where it went, and it wasn’t big enough for an adult to enter them so a young piper boy was sent in and told to play his bagpipes so the people above could trace his progress.

All worked well for a time; then, all of a sudden, the music stopped. Despite every attempt at a rescue, no sign of the boy could be found.

After a time, when all hope was lost, the order was given for the tunnel to be sealed. Ever since that fateful day, people claim to hear the music of the lonely piper boy as he waits, forlornly, to be rescued.

Eilean Donan Castle

Could this be the most attractive castle in the World? It certainly has a fantastic location sitting on a little island where three sea lochs come together. The castle was blown up by a Royal Navy warship during the 1719 Jacobite Uprising which involved both Scottish and Spanish fighters.

The castle has paranormal activity with a Spanish soldier, who was killed during the attack in 1719, haunting. He is kept company by an apparition called “Lady Mary” who makes occasional visits to one of the castle’s bedrooms.

Craigievar Castle Ghost Stories

The pink walls of Craigvievar Castle viewed from above

This elegant castle is the very essence of a baronial home. Complete with turrets, towers and cupolas and surrounded by beautiful grounds it is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle .

The extensive grounds are home to Pine Martens, one of Scotland's most reclusive animals and Red Squirrels.

Although it enjoys a peaceful existence today, it has had a turbulent history and was the subject of ancient clan feuds. Within the pink walls of Craigievar lives the ghost of a fiddler who fell into the castle well many years ago and was drowned.

Several guests of the castle claim to have been awoken to the sounds of a violin being played. Despite extensive searches by castle staff over the years, the fiddler has never been found.  

Haunted Stirling Castle

The Royal Palace at Stirling Castle seen from the Queen Anne Gardens

This mighty fortress stands on a volcanic core and looks out over the City of Stirling. Although it was built to protect the River Forth from invading armies, it was also the favourite home of the Stuart Kings and Queens.

In the heart of the castle lies the Royal apartments, Chapel Royal and the Great Hall, where magnificent celebrations were held.  

As you walk around Stirling Castle , you might come across a ghostly Highlander, dressed in the full regalia and wearing a kilt. Many visitors mistake him for a tourist guide, but when they approach him for directions, he just turns away and vanishes in front of them.   

Dunrobin Castle Ghost

Looking up at the Dunrobin Castle from the formal gardens

The largest house in the Northern Highlands boasts no less than 189 rooms. The apartments on the upper floors are haunted by Margaret, who was the daughter of the castle’s owner, the 14th Earl of Sutherland.

Margret had fallen in love with Jamie, a groom in the castle stables. Her father disapproved of the relationship, and while he sought someone more suitable, the Earl had her imprisoned the castle attic.

The lovers planned to elope, and a maid agreed to bring Margaret a rope so she could escape from her makeshift prison.

With her Jamie waiting below on his horse, Margaret climbed out of the window. As she was about to start her descent, her father entered the room. Margaret realised then that she and Jamie could never be together and let go of the rope.

The ghost of Margaret haunts Dunrobin Castle to this day, crying out in pain for her lost love.   

Dunottar Castle

You will never forget your first glimpse of Dunottar Castle . This dramatic cliff-top fortress has had a turbulent 1,300-year history and even in its current ruined state remains impressive and imposing.

Dunottar Castle has a striking position overlooking the North Sea

In 1698 180 people were imprisoned at Dunottar for refusing to recognise the legitimacy of the King. They were detained in a windowless cellar with little food and water for nearly two months.

During that time, 37 capitulated and were released, some tried to escape, although most were recaptured and five people died in the inhuman conditions.

When darkness falls, it’s said you can hear the cries of pain and suffering of these poor souls agonising about their fate. They were not to know that when they were finally allowed to leave the castle transportation to the West Indies awaited them.

Ackergill Tower haunted

In the very north of Scotland, overlooking Sinclair’s Bay sits Ackergill Tower. When Ackergill was a de-luxe hotel, it was one of the favourite haunted castles in Scotland to stay in.  It’s now a private residence.

Ackergill Tower on the shores of Sinclair's Bay near Wick

The story involves a local girl Helen Gunn, who was known as the “Beauty of Braemore”. She had come to the attention of a clansman of a rival clan called Dugald Keith.

He was so besotted with her that he kidnapped her and imprisoned her at Acklergill. To escape his unwelcome attention, she climbed to the top of the highest tower and jumped, killing herself.

Ever since her ghost has been a permanent resident at Ackergill. She is often seen wearing a long red gown and with flowing black hair moving from room to room.

The tragic story of Helen’s death was only one chapter in a 500-year-old feud between the Gunn and Keith Clans which came to an end in 1978 when the two Clan Chiefs met to sign a Treaty of Friendship.   

Brodick Castle

As the ferry sails into Brodick Bay, one of the first sights you will see of the Isle of Arran is Brodick Castle sitting in the shadow of Goat Fell, the island’s highest peak. Built as the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton in 1844, the history of the site goes back to Viking times.

Brodick Castle and Gardens

There have been reports of all sorts of spooky activity here. The oldest part of the castle is said to be haunted by a grey lady. The story goes that when a local woman was diagnosed with “the plague”, she was incarcerated in the castle dungeon, and as no-one was brave enough to feed her, she starved to death.  

Arran is famed for its wild deer population and legend has it that when the Clan Chief is close to death, a white deer will make an appearance in the grounds of the castle. Thankfully for the head of the Clan Douglas, this is a relatively rare occurrence.

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Fairytale Castles: Dunrobin Castle in Scotland

Some places evoke a feeling way beyond its mere four walls; cosy cottages, grand Georgian estates or, perhaps most evocative of all, fairytale castles. As the birthplace of the archetypal fairytale castle, it is no surprise Europe is bursting with the kind of enchanting turrets and towers that put Disney to shame. One place that exemplifies the aesthetic is Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands of Scotland:

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Situated at the top of Scotland on the east coast of the Highlands, Dunrobin Castle and Park sits on a hill overlooking the Moray Firth and the rugged North Sea beyond. Dating back to the 13th century, Dunrobin has been home to the ancient Earldom of Sutherland since 1235, when the ancient fort that stood on the grounds was named Dun Robin. Since then, the estate has been added to, altered and renovated, ultimately resulting in today’s stunning chateau designed in part by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament. A fire gutted the house in 1915 and was renovated and redesigned by Scottish architect, Sir Robert Lorimer.

Today’s inhabitants form part of the 700 years of history in this house, with the castle’s current owner, 25th Earl of Sutherland, welcoming visitors to tour the home and garden. The official website describes the property as: ‘Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.’

As well as the breath-taking wedding cake-style exteriors, the interiors of the castle are just as stunning, with large cathedral-height ceilings in the stone entrance hall, beautiful, wood-panelled rooms with intricate ceiling plasterwork, friezes, deep window seats, sweeping staircases, gothic-inspired arched corridors, vaulted ceilings and marble floors, as well as antiques, tapestries and paintings by renown artists such as Chippendale, Canaletto and Laszlo, all of which can only be fully appreciated in person.

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The 1,379 acres-worth of landscapes can be visited in sun and snow, while the property also features a tea room, shop and museum, which features relics, artefacts and other objects collected by the Sutherlands over the years, all housed within a former-summer house in a Victorian-early 20th century arrangement. Find out more about the castle and how you can plan a visit, by browsing their website here

View similar properties open to the public in previous posts such as Tintinhull Manor or Buckingham Palace , or see more historical buildings by browsing the ‘ historical homes ‘ category.

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Haunted Places in Scotland

Scotland is one of the most haunted countries in the world, with multiple ghost sightings recorded throughout the country at all times of the year. Highlights of a ghost-hunting tour include the Edinburgh Vaults, Stirling Castle and Skaill House. Discover the most haunted places in Scotland with this guide which covers supernatural sites from the capital city to the Highlands and the islands.

The Edinburgh Vaults

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We begin with a site that has the most horrific story of any haunted place in Scotland – the vaults in Edinburgh . If you’ve not heard of the vaults before, they’re a series of underground chambers beneath the modern-day city streets that once housed entire families of Edinburgh’s poorest residents in unimaginably bad conditions.

The story of the vaults begins with the building of the South Bridge in 1785, which was built to link the High Street of the Old Town with the university buildings on the south side of the city by spanning the 1,000-foot chasm that separated them.

If you’ve already visited Edinburgh then you might know that the South Bridge is an impressive example of Georgian engineering consisting of nineteen stone arches rising 31 feet above the ground with shops lining the street on either side. Shortly after it was built, businessmen opened trading booths along the top of the bridge to make the most of passing trade and the arches beneath the bridge were converted into a series of workshops and storage rooms for the shops above.

Edinburgh Vaults room

Unfortunately, as time passed these underground chambers became part-flooded and fell into disrepair so the shopkeepers moved out, at which time the poorest residents of Edinburgh began to move in. Beggars, the poverty-stricken, thieves and body-snatchers all moved into these forgotten vaults and lived in conditions that must have been unbearable.

There would have been hardly any light, no heat, very little fresh air and absolutely no sanitation, and yet entire families lived their lives in the slowly flooding rooms under the bridge.

As conditions inside the vaults worsened the behaviour of the criminal elements got worse as well, and it didn’t take long for rape, murder and muggings to become part of the fabric of the day-to-day life of the unfortunate souls living inside the vaults.

Edinburgh

Eventually, after nearly three decades of rampant squalor and crime, Edinburgh’s city council decided the vaults were a blight on the city and had them sealed up with little warning for the occupants living inside them. The vaults were subsequently used as the foundations for new buildings and were entirely forgotten about until a chance excavation unearthed them in the 1980s.

What was found inside was a labyrinth network of rooms where everyday objects including ceramic jars, pots, plates and even children’s toys were strewn about just as they’d been hurriedly abandoned two hundred years earlier. In the intervening years, the vaults were opened up to the public as a tourist attraction, and it wasn’t long before ghostly activities were reported by many of the visitors who dared to step foot inside them.

Some people hear disembodied voices calling out to them, while others say they’ve seen full-body apparitions walking through walls. Others report being stalked by a man wearing heavy boots who throws rocks at them, and there are even a few reports by visitors who say they had their hands gripped by a young boy as they were exploring the old abandoned wine cellar.

Ghost

There’s even a chamber that’s believed to have been used by a satanic cult. The story goes that a woman was brutally sacrificed in the middle of the chamber after cultists had spent days torturing her. Gruesome stuff indeed.

If you want to get down there and explore the vaults for yourself I thoroughly recommend booking the Edinburgh underground vaults tour from Get Your Guide . On the tour, you’ll be shown around by a local guide who describes the ghostly tales that have led to the vaults being named one of the most haunted places in Scotland.

The ghost tour is genuinely creepy, although I’d recommend going when it’s dark outside to really get into the whole paranormal atmosphere. Just make sure you have someone’s hand to hold while you’re down there in case a ghostly child tries to grab it first…

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

If you ever find the time to venture past the boundary of Edinburgh while you’re visiting us I highly recommend you take a journey to the nearby Rosslyn Chapel .

This stunning chapel has its origins dating back to 1446, and it is famous for the ornate stone carvings that seem to cover every square inch of its walls. The mysterious symbolism of these carvings has led to many theories as to their meaning, with interest in Rosslyn exploding since it was featured in the movie The Davinci Code.

Now I’ll admit that this is one site in Scotland that’s more beautiful than scary, but the fact that there are so many outlandish theories as to what the stone carvings represent and the fact that no one can disprove them makes Rosslyn Chapel one of the strangest places in Scotland in my opinion.

For instance, take the Apprentice Pillar. This is a stone pillar that stands at the centre of the chapel which has ornate carvings that are more intricate than those in other parts of the building. The story behind the pillar goes that while the master mason was in Rome looking for inspiration for the design of the unfinished chapel, his apprentice was busy at work creating his own designs on the pillar.

Rosslyn Chapel

You would think the master mason would have been pleased with his protegés work, but instead, when he returned from his overseas trip he became so enraged with jealousy at the quality of the apprentice’s craftsmanship that he beat his junior to a bloody pulp. The master mason was tried and hanged for his crimes but friends of the apprentice decided the punishment didn’t go far enough.

They made a carving of the face of the master mason high up on the chapel walls, pointing directly at the Apprentice Pillar so he would be forced to look at it, even after his death.

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Another interesting carving in Rosslyn Chapel is the depiction of stalks of corn around one of the windows. Nothing is interesting about stalks of corn you might think, except that corn was an unknown crop in Scotland at the time the chapel was built, and in fact, it wasn’t known to Europeans at all until Christopher Columbus discovered America some 50 years after the chapel had been completed.

So who carved the stalks of this unknown crop into the stonework around the window?

And even all this is insignificant to the secret that’s supposedly buried deep beneath the grounds of Rosslyn Chapel. There’s a legend that says that the Knights Templar, the sect of holy warriors who were founded by the Catholic Church in 1119, found the holy grail inside Solomons’s Temple while they were in the Middle East during the Crusades.

While no one knows what the grail is, we do know that shortly after this event supposedly occurred the Knights Templar suddenly became incredibly powerful, so powerful that the king of France outlawed them.

Rosslyn Chapel

In turn, many Templars fled to Scotland where they set up homes close to Rosslyn. From that time on there has been a story about a secret religious relic hidden beneath the chapel, but to date, it has never been found.

A preposterous tale perhaps, except that there are numerous carvings of Templar Knights engraved on the chapel walls, along with carvings of Freemason symbology (the Freemasons and Templars reputedly had close ties). Not what you’d expect to find in a Christian building, especially one that was built at a fiercely religious time.

If you’d like to see these beautiful stone carvings yourself you can visit Rosslyn Chapel as part of a guided tour that departs from Edinburgh. The tour guide will explain the symbology of each carving and also retell the stories surrounding this stunning building which you would otherwise miss if you visited the site on your own.

Stirling Castle

Did you know that Stirling Castle was once the most powerful fortification in all of Scotland, even more so than Edinburgh Castle ? Most people don’t, so if you’re a tourist visiting Scotland you really should take a journey to Stirling to explore this incredible historic building as it’s also one of the most haunted places in the country.

Stirling Castle sits on top of Castle Hill, (an enormous rock outcrop that can be seen for miles around) and over the years it has served both as a military stronghold and a royal palace.

Robert the Bruce liberated the castle from the English in 1299 and Mary Queen of Scots was crowned there in 1542, so it has plenty of history buried within its walls. One sorry tale concerns Queen Mary and one of her servant girls.

Stirling Castle

In 1562, The Queen of Scots returned to Scotland after spending nearly two decades in France and took up residence in Stirling Castle, where she was waited on by several servants. One of these was known to be a Highland girl who supposedly had the power to see the future.

The girl told Mary that she had a premonition that if the Queen was to spend a single night in the castle she would die, so after begging Mary to let her keep watch she fell asleep in the corner of Mary’s bedroom.

The girl woke up several hours later to find the bed chamber a raging inferno, likely caused by the naked flames of the candles she had lit. As the fire burned through the girl’s emerald-coloured dress she managed to pick up the unconscious queen and carry her to safety, but not before suffering terrible burns in the process.

While it’s a recorded fact that Mary recovered with barely an injury, the poor servant girl was so badly burned that she died shortly after in agony, and ever since that fateful day, there have been reports of a ghostly female figure dressed in green roaming through the castle’s corridors whose appearance foretells a tragedy involving doom, despair, and death.

Stirling Castle

In addition, a second, rather happier ghost has been reported many times in recent years. While exploring Stirling Castle, several tourists have reported seeing a man dressed in full Highland dress walking around in the shadows. As he’s so elaborately clothed most visitors think he’s a tour guide, but when they wander over to talk to him he turns away and disappears.

It’s not known who the ghost is or why he stalks the castle, but it is believed he is associated with the Argyll and Sutherland Highland regiment who began using Stirling Castle as a barracks after 1800.

To really make the most of a visit to Stirling Castle you might like to join a guided tour. There are several to choose from but the tour below includes a visit to Loch Lomond and the surrounding area.

Skaill House

Skaill House

Skaill House is an attraction in Scotland that I bet most tourists haven’t heard of. That being said, if you have any interest in the paranormal then I bet Skaill House is somewhere near the top of your list of spooky Scottish ‘must-visit’ destinations.

This Orkney manor house was built in 1620 not far from the stone-age village of Skara Brae, and it’s had more reports of weird events than most other buildings in Scotland. Originally built as the home of Bishop George Graham, it has been extensively altered over the years and has served as the family home to several Orkney Lairds, although today it’s open for public viewing as a tourist attraction.

While some people hide skeletons in their closets, this building prefers to hide them under its floorboards, and I’m talking actual skeletons here, not the metaphoric kind. During the preparation of Skaill House for its first public viewing, fifteen skeletons were discovered near the south wing and under the gravel of the east porch, and all were later proven to be of Norse origin.

It’s a fact that there are a lot of Viking influences in Orkney, and even the word Skaill is an old Norse word for ‘great hall’, so could deceased Viking warriors be to blame for the strange events that have been reported since the skeletons were disturbed?

Doors have been seen to open and close by themselves at all times of the day. Weird smells are often reported (I suspect the visitor’s dogs are to blame for that one…), and members of staff have been spoken to by tourists when it was later confirmed that no one was on duty.

skaill house

There have been reports by staff members of sightings of a tall man with dark hair in the shop who disappears when they go to investigate, and even the current Laird has heard loud footsteps in the corridor when it was empty.

Strangely, overnight guests have reported feeling the weight of a person sitting down on the edge of their bed, only to feel the weight shift when they go to turn on the bedside light. All that’s creepy enough, but there’s also the story of Ubby.

Ubby was a man who built a tiny island in the nearby loch by repeatedly rowing out into the middle of it and throwing stones in the centre. He must have done this hundreds of times because his wee island eventually became so big that he could sit on it.

Ubby loved this little mound of stones in the middle of Skaill Loch because in his later years, when he knew his end was near, he decided to lay down and die on it. Since then, his restless spirit is believed to have remained close to the island, unable to tear itself away from the beloved pile of rocks.

Dogs, especially, seem to sense his spirit and there has been more than one visitor who has complained that their dogs get restless and upset when they enter Skail House, and some get so upset that they end up cowering under the furniture.

Dunrobin Castle

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Dunrobin Castle can be found in the village of Golspie in Sutherland, usually surrounded by busloads of tour coaches as it’s famous for being one of the prettiest castles in Scotland. But it’s also one of the most haunted.

Built in the style of a French château, the castle dates back to 1275 and much of the building has been slowly extended over the last 700 years, with the impressive Scottish Baronial frontage added in the mid-19th century. Remarkably, this fortified house has been home to the same family (the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland) for over 800 years.

Dunrobin Castle wasn’t always as glamorous looking as it is now though. In fact, when it was originally built it was more of a fortified square keep with walls six feet thick sitting perched on top of a cliff-top look-out position.

Dunrobin Castle

Although this isn’t exactly a creepy building it has a maze of rooms on the inside in which you can’t help but imagine the events that must have played out throughout the centuries. And of course, the fact that it’s so old means that it has its own resident ghost.

In the 17th century the Earl of Sutherland was at the height of his power and influence, and among his children was a beautiful young girl called Margaret. It was believed that young Margaret had fallen deeply in love with one of her stablehands, Jamie Gunn, in an illicit affair that would have been devastating to the Sutherland family if it ever became public knowledge.

Unfortunately for the young couple, they were reported by one of the house staff and the enraged earl threw his daughter into the castle attic where he intended to keep her until he had found her a more suitable partner.

Dunrobin Castle

Margaret, however, was having none of it, and with the help of her maid, she fashioned a makeshift rope out of bedclothes and snuck out the window hoping to meet her lover at the bottom where they could escape together on one of her father’s horses.

Unfortunately, just as Margaret was climbing down the rope her father found her, and the story goes that he either cut the rope out of fury or she let go in fear. Sadly, the poor girl fell from the upper level of the castle to her death on the rocks below.

Ever since that fateful day, Margaret has been frequently heard by staff and visitors in the upper floors of Dunrobin Castle wailing uncontrollably for the life of happiness she missed out on. Psychics meanwhile have reported sensing a feeling of unimaginable loss on the castle’s upper floors.

Greyfriars Cemetary

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Ok, so this spooky place isn’t exactly a building, but it surrounds a building (actually one of the most famous buildings in Edinburgh), and it has a dark history full of murder, persecution and torture.

Everyone knows the story of wee Bobby, the loyal Scots Terrier who lay by his owner’s grave for 14 years after he died (read my Greyfriars Bobby guide for more information), but perhaps not so many people know the story of the kirkyard (Scots for graveyard) where Bobby’s owner was laid to rest.

The site where Greyfriars Kirk is located was used as a Franciscan friary in medieval times, with no graveyard attached to it. However, due to the overpowering smell of the deceased in Edinburgh’s Old Town in the 16th century, it was agreed that a new location was needed to bury the dead.

Many notable Edinburgh residents were buried in Greyfriars throughout its history including the Lord Advocate Sir George Mackenzie, the poet Duncan Ban MacIntyre, Admiral Sir Charles Douglas and the artist Sir John Medina.

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However, it would seem that Sir George Mackenzie loves the place so much that he’s not content to just sit in his coffin, preferring instead to terrify Edinburgh’s residents above ground. Mackenzie was known as a ruthless persecutor of the Covenanters during his time in office.

The Covenanters were a zealous religious movement in the 17th century who were repeatedly defeated in several battles with government forces, and after a failed anti-government revolution in 1679, 1,200 Covenanters were locked inside a freezing-cold mausoleum inside Greyfriars kirkyard as punishment.

The conditions were terrible for the prisoners. Not only were they kept in a tiny overcrowded space during the bitter cold Scottish winter but they had hardly any food or water, and of the 1,200 people who went into the makeshift prison, only 275 came back out alive.

Whether Mackenzie felt tortured by guilt over the treatment of the Covenanter prisoners we’ll never know, but mysterious events have surrounded the kirkyard ever since.

Greyfriars Kirk

Over the years more than 450 tourists have reported walking out of the gravesite with bruises, burns and scratches mysteriously appearing all over their bodies, while another 140 have suddenly collapsed while exploring the ghostly tomb of Sir George.

Even worse, the ghost of Mackenzie has been seen walking amongst the gravestones late at night, attacking anyone unfortunate to cross his path, and he has been so vicious that he has broken people’s bones. There has even been a death attributed to the ghost of Mackenzie when a local psychic attempting to make contact with the spirit had a sudden heart attack.

Greyfriars is definitely worthy of a visit if you’re interested in the legend of Bobby, but if you take the time to walk around the kirk you might like to wander around the kirkyard as well. But be careful. You just never know who you might bump into.

If you’d like to visit Greyfriars Kirk there’s no better way to do it than on a guided tour. This tour takes visitors around Edinburgh’s haunted graveyards as well as the spooky underground vaults.

Spooky Events in Scotland

We love celebrating Halloween and all things ghostly here in Scotland and you’ll find several events held in most towns and cities throughout the year. From ghost-themed comedy events to scary film festivals, you’re bound to find something to entertain you.

Paisley Halloween Festival

This event is supported by the Year of Young People fund, managed by Event Scotland . The town of Paisley, near Glasgow, is hauntingly transformed as more than 500 costumed young people and outdoor performers parade through the streets along with a series of spooktacular floats. The Paisley Halloween Festival is staged in late October annually.

Samhuinn Fire Festival

In one of the most colourful events in Edinburgh’s calendar, fire worshippers wearing colourful costumes depict characters from ancient folklore with displays featuring fire, music and street theatre performances.

The Samhuinn Fire Festival  on top of Calton Hill really is a feast for the senses. The Celtic festival (which is organized by the Beltane Fire Society) takes you back to the traditions of Samhuinn – the pagan celebration of the end of the harvest season and the arrival of winter, and is usually held in April.

Calton Hill

Mercat Tours Ghost Tour

Edinburgh’s Mercat Tour s definitely knows how to put on an atmospheric tour and their knowledgeable guides will take you deep into the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and below the city streets to recite ghostly tales from the city’s dark past.

You start out by following a cloaked guide through the creepy back streets while listening to stories of murder, torture and hangings from yesteryear, and finish with a visit to the eerie Blair Street underground vaults – widely acknowledged as one of the most haunted places in Scotland.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most haunted place in scotland.

Glamis Castle near Forfar is widely recognised as the most haunted place in Scotland. The 15th-century castle has frequent sightings of several ghosts including the grey lady, the white lady, Jack the runner and Earl Beardie.

Where are the best places to go ghost hunting in Edinburgh?

Mary King’s Close, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle and The Vaults.

Where are the best places to go ghost hunting in the Highlands?

Eilean Donan Castle , Culloden Moor , Inveraray Castle , Dunstaffnage Castle , Spynie Palace .

What is the most famous ghost in Scotland?

Arguably the most famous ghost in Scotland is one that haunts the country’s most-visited tourist attraction – the 900-year-old Edinburgh Castle. There have been many sightings of a headless drummer in the castle since the days of Oliver Cromwell and legend says that his appearance foretells danger.

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"A very warm welcome to Dunrobin Castle, home of my ancestors for over seven hundred years. I'm so proud that people from all over the world pay us a visit and I enjoy being able to share the magnificent castle and gardens with others. I look forward to seeing you too at Dunrobin."

Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.

The Castle, which resembles a French château with its towering conical spires, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London’s Houses of Parliament, and Scotland’s own Sir Robert Lorimer. The Castle was used as a naval hospital during the First World War and as a boys’ boarding school from 1965 to 1972.

Dunrobin Castle is on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, just north of the villages of Golspie and Dornoch (famous for its cathedral and Royal Dornoch Golf Club).

Dunrobin Castle is open annually from 1st April to 31st October.

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Dunrobin Castle

Golspie, Sutherland

Scotland, KW10 6SF

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There could be no more fitting backdrop to an airborne golden eagle, than the towering facade of Dunrobin Castle.

Throughout the season, visitors can enjoy displays of the ancient art of falconry by a consummate expert in the field, our resident Falconer.

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Dunrobin Castle is the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.  The earliest part of the building dates from around 1275.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the state rooms on the first floor before making their way through the smaller rooms in the older parts of the castle.

Visitors are also able to visit our formal garden and Victorian museum.

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Dunrobin Castle (Scotland) – Photos + Tips

Last updated on November 23, 2023 by Claire Robinson - this article contains affiliate links. If you purchase through them, I get a small commission ( more )

The Dunrobin Castle in Scotland is one of those fairy-tale looking places surrounded by a beautiful garden. Located North of Inverness, the largest house of the highlands is worth the detour.  Below is my guide to help you plan your visit.

Before my tips + photos, here are my favorites for Scotland:

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My favorite platform to rent a car in Scotland: DiscoverCars

The unmissable boat tour: Seal spotting on Loch Linnhe from Fort William

My favorite excursion from Edinburgh: Glenfinnan and Glencoe

My favorite places to stay:

  • Edinburgh: see best rated hotels – e.g. Balmoral Hotel
  • Glencoe: see best rated hotels – e.g. The Glencoe House Hotel
  • Portree: see best rated hotels – e.g. The Cuillin Hills Hotel
  • Inverness: see best rated hotels – e.g. Kingsmills Hotel

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Why visit the Dunrobin Castle in Scotland?

Dunrobin is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful castles to see in Scotland ( my list here ). With turrets that give it a fairy-tale look and gardens below, its visit offers magnificent perspectives.

Dunrobin Castle Scotland is the largest house in the highlands with 189 rooms. It dates in part from the early 14th century (check  this site  it you want more info about its history).

The gardens were laid out in 1850 and inspired by those of Versailles. They have not changed much since then.

Dunrobin Castle in Scotland

Below is a short video with different views of the Dunrobin castle from the entrance and from the garden.

More photos after the planning tips.

PLANNING TIPS & Map – Dunrobin Castle Scotland

How to get to dunrobin castle location – map.

  • Dunrobin Castle from Inverness – 50 miles to the North (1h15 min drive along A9)
  • 4h30 drive from Edinburgh
  • Just North of the village of Golspie
  • There is a train station that welcomes trains from April to mid-October
  • Below is a map to get your oriented and locate the castle

Map - Dunrobin castle location

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Visiting Dunrobin Castle 

  • Open from end of March to mid-October (check dates every year on their website )
  • Dunrobin opening hours – Apr, May, Sept, Oct 10:30am to 4:30 pm (Sun noon to 4:30pm) / June, July, August – 10am to 5pm
  • Last entry 30min before closure
  • Price – £11
  • Gift shop and toilets
  • Lots of stairs both inside and to get down to the garden
  • Falconry displays during the day except on Sundays (normally at 11:30am and 2pm)
  • Plan 2 hours
  • Check out the best rated accommodations in the area

Where to stay in Scotland?

My favorites:

  • Edinburgh to explore the fascinating city –  see best-rated accommodations
  • Portree to explore the isle of Skye –  see best rated accommodations
  • Glencoe to take time in the magnificent valley –  see best rated accommodations
  • Ullapool for the West coast on the North 500 –  see best rated accommodations
  • Thurso for the North coast + ferry –  see best rated accommodations
  • Kirkwall to explore the Orkneys –  see best rated accommodations
  • Inverness for the Speyside whiskies –  see best rated accommodations

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Arriving at the Castle

You cannot guess from the road coming from the North that such a beautiful castle is right next to you. A park full of trees surrounds the house and you can see it only when arriving on the carpark.

Dunrobin Castle Access

Need to rent a car in Scotland?

  • Compare prices on my favorite platform:   Discovercars.com – one of the best rated comparison sites!
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  • Consider their full coverage option – it for peace of mind! 
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As you arrive on the carpark of Dunrobin Castle you are already excited about what there is to come. This side has a beautiful clock tower and what looks like a donjon where a princess could put her hair out.

Dunrobin Castle Entrance 1

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Dunrobin Castle Interior

The visit starts with the interior of Dunrobin Castle. You get to have a look at the dining room, music room, and the beautiful library with wood panels.

You can then climb upstairs to see the nursery, bedrooms, dress… and many items showing how life used to be in the castle.

Please note that the visit is a little bit of a labyrinth with many stairs. 

Dunrobin Castle Interior 1

Dunrobin Castle Gardens

The main interest of Dunrobin is the garden and the view of the castle from it. From inside the castle, I was able to get a glimpse of it with the sea behind. So I rushed to get out and discover the view.

Dunrobin Castle Gardens 1

Many comments on the Internet state that the gardens are not what they used to be. I have no point of comparison. All I can say was that it was enjoyable to walk around.

Dunrobin Castle Gardens 2

Dunrobin Falconry show

I arrived late in the afternoon, so I did not see the falconry display. Comments on the Internet are generally good. The show is included in the entry. You can see pictures of the show on Debi Bradford wesbite .

Dunrobin Castle Falconery

There is also a museum on the ground. It was closed when I visited. From what I read, don’t go inside if you are an animal lover as it is filled with dead stuffed animals (shot by the family on safari).

Views of the castle from the Dunrobin Gardens

And here comes the best. As you go down into the gardens you see more and more of the castle and its conic towers, looking like it is out of a fairy-tale.

It looks really great being erected above the gardens. You can see it from everywhere.

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Want to see more fascinating Castles in Scotland? Here are a few:

  • The impressive Edinburgh Castle Fortress – read article
  • The Inveraray cCastle with green walls and beautiful gardens – read article
  • The Famous Eilean Donan Castle with its mountain backdrop – read article
  • The ruins of Sinclair Girnigoe Castle balancing on the cliffs – read article
  • The unique triangular castle of Caerlaverock – read article
  • Or check out my list of the 16 best castles in Scotland

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Dunrobin Castle: A Fantasy-Like Castle in Northern Scotland

Written By: The Planet D

Updated On: May 8, 2023

Are you thinking of driving the  North Coast 500 ? Make sure to add Dunrobin Castle to your itinerary. 

The Scottish Highlands are home to arguably one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, not to mention rich history,  epic battles , and storied architecture.

Driving through the region, you feel like you’re a world away from the frenzied, urban energy of  Edinburgh , and wonderfully so—quaint fishing villages, cafes, and dramatic castles make the highlands a stunning getaway.

Dunrobin Castle: What’s it all about?

Dunrobin Castle is a quintessential romantic castle and the ancestral home of the  Earls and Dukes of Sutherland .

It’s a castle that feels like it ought to belong in a fairytale and a must-see for anyone traveling through the highlands.

It’s located on the east coast of the northern highlands, just north of Golspie and Dornoch villages and is one of the largest in northern Scotland.

Resembling a French chateau with dramatic conical spires, it’s perched majestically on a hill overlooking the sea.

Dunrobin is definitely a good way to channel  old Scotland !

Inside the Castle

The castle contains an impressive 189 rooms that have all been decorated extravagantly (and remain perfectly preserved).

From inside the castle, you can get some fabulous views of the sea and the surrounding gardens.

A walk through those gardens will prove no less spectacular as falcons soar above your head thanks to a daily falconry display—the only of its kind in the region!

Read more about Scotland: Dunnet Head: Panoramic Views and History

What makes Dunrobin so special is the fact that you can walk through it and the surrounding gardens without feeling like you’re visiting a museum—the rooms, though lavish, feel authentic and welcoming in their presentation rather than contrived.

Information is readily available to visitors, and the grounds are well-maintained and downright stunning.

The whole property feels a bit like a Scottish Disney Castle.

The History of Dunrobin Caslte

Dunrobin castle and the middle ages:.

Dating back to the Middle Ages (circa the 1300s), Dunrobin Castle is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland, having been home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland, and then later used as a boarding school.

The building has undergone a number of changes since then, including being remodeled by famous architect Sir Charles Barry, but a portion of the original structure is still visible from the interior courtyard.

Since the castle was built, ownership has been passed down to a variety of Sutherland royals who each added a particular flare, protection, and expansions with series of renovations.

A good portion of the original structure is still visible today; the oldest part of the castle, the tower-keep, remains vaulted on every floor and has walls two meters thick!

WW1 to Present Day

During World War I, the castle was used as a naval hospital and subsequently endured a fire that damaged a large part of its interior.

Afterward, the main tower and clock tower were renovated to embody more of a Scottish Renaissance style.

The castle’s final incarnation prior to its public opening in 1973 was as a boys boarding school from 1965 to 1972.

To this day, the Sutherland family retains a private area of the house—but this part is not open to the public.

One thing you should try to see when you visit are the carved cat gargoyles that rest atop the castle’s windows—this is an ode to the Scottish family crest, which features the wildcat.  

What to expect at Dunrobin Castle

Once you arrive in Dunrobin, you’ll find that there are both group and self-guided tours, although the latter is more strongly encouraged (castle guides are available in the main rooms to answer any questions guests might have).

Mostly all the castle grounds are accessible to the public, with the exception of the Sutherland family private area.

And of the 189 rooms of the castle’s interior, visitors are only able to take a tour through about 20 of them including the drawing-room, library, study, bedrooms, nurseries, and more.

This is more than enough though, as many of the rooms start to look the same after a while.

Still, each of the rooms has its own unique flair and includes a variety of paintings and portraits.

And no room is without some kind of collection of furniture, photographs, artwork, uniforms, china or family memorabilia.

Dunrobin is deeply inspired by French architecture, and the surrounding gardens were modeled after the Garden of Versailles—the resemblance is uncanny!

Once you make your way out to the terrace, the garden views expand into a spectacular 360-degree view of the entire property and sea.

Tips for visiting Dunrobin Castle

Since visiting Dunrobin Castle essentially feels like you’re stepping into a Scottish version of Disney Castle, come prepared to immerse yourself in a magical enclave in the middle of the northern highlands.

Unfortunately, photos are not permitted inside , which is a bit of bummer, but then again not having your phone or camera glued to your hand does make for a more immersive experience.

Save the photos for the gardens and exterior shots of the castle perched on the hill.

Be sure not to miss the falconry display in the garden.

With the exception of Sundays, there’s usually an employee there who can give you an overview of the display and show you a thing or two about falcons.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have the opportunity to watch one of those birds of prey land and take off from your wrist!

There’s also a little museum at the edge of the grounds that houses historic artifacts like spearheads and Pictish stones from the area, as well as the taxidermy that has been collected by castle inhabitants over the years.

When all is said and done, you can visit the gift shop and grab a bite at the castle tea room which offers light meals and snacks.

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Dornoch Castle Hotel – We stayed at this 3 Star Hotel and loved it. Quaint rooms with great views and the selection of Single Malt Scotch in the bar is to die for. Perfect for any history buff or whiskey lover.

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Royal Marine Hotel – If you are looking for 4-star luxury this is it. This 21 room hotel is situated on the golf course and has stunning views and beautiful rooms. And it includes breakfast!

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It’s a good idea to leave at least a couple of hours for your visit to Dunrobin, as there’s a lot of things to see beyond the interior rooms.

You’ll want to take your time and enjoy the atmosphere of the place, which is at once magical and haunting thanks to its dense and fated past.

Photos in this post are by Dave Bouskill

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11 thoughts on “Dunrobin Castle: A Fantasy-Like Castle in Northern Scotland”

It is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland.

The castle looks great, both in architecture and in the landscape. Thank you for the amazing photos.

I had been to dunrobin castle scotland last year and this place is awesome. You blog just made me relive those moments.

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Lots of things can happen when you stay in an Airbnb, from the good, to the bad… to the haunted. I mean that literally, by the way; there are tons of allegedly haunted Airbnbs you can actually stay in listed on the accommodation rental site. Are all of them truly haunted? That’s up for debate — but you can’t deny the thrill that comes from just the mere possibility that you might encounter something supernatural while you’re away. And hey, if you’re planning a trip around Halloween this year, there’s no better way to get in the spirit of the spookiest holiday of the year.

Interestingly, it’s no secret that many listings in Airbnb’s database claim to be haunted. Indeed, the site actually released a piece on its official during the 2017 Halloween season detailing the stories behind five allegedly haunted homes available for booking. Besides these five, though, there are many, many more listings all over the world that claim to come with a side of the paranormal when you stay in them — and although the listings do tend to come and go, there’s never any shortage of ghost stories for those hoping to engage in a little haunted travel .

These 13 listing were all active as of the end of September, 2018. The alleged hauntings in each one all seem to relatively benign in nature — I doubt the rentals would be available to book if they weren’t — but still: Know that if you choose to stay in one of these paranormal hotspots, you do so at you own risk.

Are you brave enough to stay in them?

The Stroud House, Wake Forest, North Carolina

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Built in 1940, the Stroud House has been in the family for several generations, according to it listing. It’s located just a block from downtown Wake Forest, includes plenty of shiplap (“Eat your heart out, Joanna Gaines!”, the listing cheekily notes), has its own private entrance, and sleeps three on one queen-sized bed and a twin.

It’s also haunted.

According to the listing, “several friends, family, and guests” of the owners “have experienced supernatural events here”; footsteps in the hallway, lights turning on and off on their own, orbs in the living room, a music box that plays by itself (yikes!), and even “a shadowy figure in the kitchen and dining room” have all been observed inside the house. However, the owners are careful to note that no activity has been reported in the guest room; furthermore, the activity isn’t “malevolent in nature.”

Book it here .

The Parks-Bowman Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana

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There are actually three rooms available to book in the 130-year-old Garden District abode known as the Parks-Bowman Mansion — but only one of them is haunted. Per the listing, guests share the Haunted Bedroom with the ghost of “a young girl in a yellow dress from the 1890s”; she’s apparently “very shy,” though, so you may or may not actually encounter her while you’re there. Host Adrienne Parks told News.com.au in 2017 she believes the ghost to be the youngest daughter of the first family to occupy the house; she died young and was buried on the grounds next to her father.

The room itself is one of the largest rooms in the house, with a queen-sized bed, a sitting area, a full shower bath of its own, and access to the porch on the third floor. If you’re not into ghosts, though, you can also stay in the Red Room or the Library .

Laura’s Cottage, Savannah, Georgia

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Laura’s Cottage is located in a designated historic district in Savannah — which, by the way, happens to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States . The cottage itself was built in 1799 and features pine beams, antique furnishings, and a Juliet balcony; it’s also been modernized, however, so you’ll have all of today’s conveniences at your beck and call, too.

We don’t know much about Laura, other than the fact that she haunts the cottage; she reportedly lived there when she was alive and grew the most beautiful flowers. According to one account on Road Trippers, she makes herself known by opening windows and turning lights on and off. She’s benign — and gorgeous flowers still grow at her former home.

Chateau Pitau, Vidnoye, Russia

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You probably won’t want to book Chateau Pitau , which is located about 10 kilometers from Moscow, unless you’ve got a large group with you: An actual small castle, it can sleep up to nine people. It’s also got several swimming pools, a billiards room, a wooden sauna, and tons of gardens.

I’ll admit that I’m a little skeptical of the claim that it’s haunted; no detail is given about the alleged ghost other than the fact that it “appears weekly at midnight.” The smiley face after that pronouncement makes me think that maybe it’s a gimmick — but I mean, who knows? Maybe it is haunted. It is a castle, after all.

The Haunted Chamber Apartment, York, UK

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Right off of Stonegate — a historic road built during the period of Roman rule in Britain — and right around the corner from York’s 7th century cathedral, York Minster, the Haunted Chamber Apartment is over 600 years old, so perhaps it’s only to be expected that at least one of its visitors never checked out.

When Matt Risley reported on his stay in the apartment for MTV in 2016, he regretfully didn’t see the ghost; he did, however, note that according to the rental’s welcome manual, the ghost is apparently “a man with long dark hair wearing a cap” who suddenly appears over people’s shoulders. His presence is usually heralded by a drop in temperature.

The Manor Master Chamber, St. Paul, Minnesota

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The listing for the Manor Master Chamber doesn’t mention anything about a ghost — but when owner Sean Doyle spoke to Reader’s Digest about the 130-year-old, castle-like home in 2017, he revealed a fascinating story. Apparently, Doyle found an old barrette on the ground while he was looking at the house about a decade ago, picked it up, and immediately had a vision of a girl in a white dress pop into his mind. When descendants of the family who had built the house, which dates back to 1883, got in touch with Doyle about a year later, he asked if any little girls had ever died in the house — and it turns out that there was: In 1908, Rosalia Fihn had caught typhoid fever and died. Doyle even identified her in a photograph based on the vision he’d had.

Sweet Organic Pet Friendly Getaway, Bisbee, Arizona

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95 miles south of Tucson — or about 23 miles south of Tombstone, if you're into wild west history — is Bisbee, a small city in Arizona known for its scene and well-preserved historical setting. And in Bisbee is this cute little gingerbread house , whose guest bedroom features organic sateen sheets and whose living room houses a working 1919 phonograph. And according to its listing, it’s also “genuinely haunted.” Few details are given, but apparently there have been “repeated episodes of odd, unexplained mischief” in the house. None of it has been “scary or malevolent,” though, so it’s probably just a harmless trickster.

The Haunted Bedroom at Talliston, Great Dunmow, UK

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I mean… yeah, that room totally looks haunted.

According to the listing, the Haunted Bedroom at Talliston is “decorated in the Scottish Art Nouveau style” (think Margaret and Frances MacDonald or Charles Rennie Mackintosh ) and designed to “[recreate] in nightmarish detail the bed chamber of a seven-year-old Edwardian child complete with books, toys, and ephemera.” You might encounter “unexplained smells and sounds” while staying in it; the listing states that it is “not for the faint hearted.”

The really amazing thing is that the house was once just a regular, “three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex,” Somerset Live reported in 2017; after journalist John Trevillian bought it, however, he began making it over, room by room, such that each room was “designed reflect a different time and place in history.” And, well... here we are.

Haunted Suite in Historic Benton Park, St. Louis, Missouri

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It’s not totally clear who might be haunting this suite , or how that haunting might manifest — but given that the building was built in 1890 and the suite is located in what was once the maid’s quarters, it’s perhaps unsurprising that unexplained activity might be experienced.

There’s a double dose of freakiness here, too: Nearby is the Lemp Mansion, which was once home to the powerful — and possibly cursed — family behind the Lemp Brewery . Nearly every one of the Lemp family members — patriarch William Sr. and children Frederick, William Jr., Elsa, and Charles — died unexpectedly young, by their own hand, or both. Only the youngest Lemp child, Edwin, survived; he lived until the age of 90s. He left instructions for his art collection and family heirlooms to be destroyed after his death.

Again, this listing isn’t for the Lemp Mansion — but the Mansion is close by. Also, the house in which the haunted suite is located was built by the same mason who built the Lemp Mansion. Just sayin'.

Marjorie’s Room, Dixfield, Maine

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Marjorie’s Room is just one of several available rooms in the Marsh-Edwards House/Weld Street Inn, a Victorian B&B in the mountains of Western Maine. According to the paranormal research group Riverside Paranormal, Mary Stanley bought the land on which the Marsh-Edwards House was built in 1881; the house itself was built in the neo-Colonial style with only a few nods to the Victorian style popular at the time. In 1887, the Stanleys sold the house to the Marsh family, whose descendants held onto it for nearly a century. It’s changed hands a few times since the late 1980s, but these days, it’s a bed and breakfast — a haunted one.

The Airbnb listing for Marjorie's Room notes that activity recorded on the property includes “a little boy playing in the second floor kitchen; a lady walking around outside; mysterious music being played at all hours; [and] the ‘Big Man’ in the hallway.” Many of the spirits are believed to be members of the Marsh family . Marjorie, by the way is Marjorie Hope Edwards ; born in 1909, she died in 1966 at the age of 56. She’s thought to be one of the spirits haunting the house.

Haunted 1890’s Home, Port Angeles, Washington

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There isn’t much information available about the activity that goes on in this hundred-year-old house ; the listing just notes that the it’s “allegedly still occupied by a mischievous ghost.” Port Angeles has a long history, though — and as a bonus, there’s an “underground” here : The remains of what used to be street level before the decision was made to build them up one more level in 1914.

Undergrounds are weird and fascinating; I’ve been a to a few ( Seattle’s , Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Dupont Underground in Washington, D.C., namely), and while they’re all very different from each other, they’re all very much worth exploring. I can’t think of anything more fun than a stay in a haunted house and a (legal) trip through an abandoned underground system, so, I mean, Port Angeles? Consider yourself added to my travel bucket list.

Dead and Breakfast, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Not into the Garden District? Skip the Park-Bowman Mansion and head on over to Bywater to stay at the “Dead and Breakfast” located there. Based in an allegedly haunted house that’s roughly a century old, the Dead and Breakfast has five rooms listed on Airbnb: The Manhattan Room , the Master Bedroom , the Mediterranean Room , the Drawing Room , and the Temple Room . It’s not clearly precisely what might be haunting the place, but visitors are warned that “paranormal investigations are performed regularly in this home, from 9 PM till midnight.”

Castello Dal Pozzo, Piedmont, Italy

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If you want to rent an entire Italian estate, you can do that in Piedmont thanks to the Castello Dal Pozzo . It’s not cheap — it runs at more than $4,000 a night, which is likely far, far out of most people’s budgets — but the story attached to it is good, so let’s take a look, shall we?

According to Airbnb’s 2017 Halloween blog post , a young woman named Barbara fell in love with an army captain named Matteo in 1467 — but before the lovers could elope, Barbara’s father found out about their affair and locked her in the Castle Tower. Matteo, meanwhile, was exiled to France — but Barbara didn’t know he’d been sent away. She died in the tower waiting for him to return. Visitors to Castello Dal Pozzo say that they’ve seen Barbara’s looking out from a tower window, still waiting for Matteo to come back.

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These 9 Haunted Hotels In Idaho Will Make Your Stay A Nightmare

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Of all the restless spirits said to lurk around Idaho, it seems many of them love to wander the rooms and hallways of some of our state’s most lavish and historic hotels (wouldn’t you?). While each of these historic buildings are magnificent in their own right, if ghostly sightings, paranormal encounters, and spooky history are your thing, these are definitely the places to be (or not be, depending on your spook level).  While not all of these hotels are still active places to stay overnight, many are still local businesses that often still have spirits lurking around. That being said, here are nine of the most haunted hotels in Idaho – sleep at your own risk.

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Uniquely, many of these historic buildings have been recently updated, but there are still plenty of mysteries hidden beneath the fresh coats of paint and modern fixtures. The only question is – do you dare pay a visit to any of these haunted hotels in Idaho?

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While the above list of haunted hotels in Idaho is a good place to start in terms of spotting spooks in the Gem State, these locales are just the tip of the haunted iceberg! Everybody loves a good ghost story, and here in Idaho there are plenty of them! Although some may say the tragic stories behind these haunted places are merely folklore, there is no denying that the spooky reputations of these places exist for a reason. Whether you believe in it or not, these are the places that are most well-known in Idaho for their paranormal activity. The best places to spot a ghost in Idaho? Pete's Tavern in Nampa, the Bates Motel in Coeur d'Alene (this place just exudes creepiness!), Gotts Point at Lake Lowell, Egyptian Theatre in Boise, and Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell.

In fact, with regard to Canyon Hill Cemetery, while all c emeteries are common places to go for ghost sightings, Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell is considered to be one of the spookiest and most haunted grave sites in the state. There have been many sightings of a "ghost jogger" who doesn't hesitate to approach you when you're at the cemetery at dark. There have been other reports of an old lady who sits on one of the benches late at night. When you glance back over at her, she vanishes. Gulp. 

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Washington is one of the most beautiful states in North America thanks to an abundance of natural lakes, lush forests, and historical landmarks. However, lurking behind that beauty is a much darker side involving some particularly creepy paranormal hotspots!

Let’s look a little bit closer at these 11 most haunted places in Washington State…

1. Campbell House, Spokane

Campbell House, Spokane

Campbell House is one of Washington’s most well-known historical landmarks. It was designed and built by Kirtland K Cutter in 1898 and was first owned by Amasa Basaliel Campbell.

There is a very sad history attached to the house. In the early 1900s, 3 of the Campbell children were murdered by a burglar who also kidnapped the fourth child.

The child was never returned. With such a tragic past it is hardly surprising that the Campbell House is one of the most haunted houses in the state of Washington.

Visitors describe feeling a very unsettling feeling on entering the house and are often overcome with dread.

There is a portrait of Amasa Basaliel Campbell in the house that is said to follow visitors with its eyes as they wander the house – perhaps looking to see if the kidnapper ever returns?

2. Black Diamond Cemetery Top Haunted Cemeteries in America

Black Diamond Cemetery, Black Diamond

The very fact that Black Diamond Cemetery is a burial ground makes it a little creepy, but when you add the fact that this is actually one of the most haunted locations in Washington it really kicks the spook factor up a few notches!

It has been said that visitors have heard whistling and voices when nobody else is around. There have also been reports of the swinging lanterns of dead coal miners seen on foggy nights.

3. University Heights, Seattle

University Heights, Seattle

University Heights in  Seattle was at one time a school, but it has since been converted into a community center. It is also considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in Washington thanks to the spirit of a little boy who is haunting the building.

The youngster is believed to have been a student at University Heights when it was still operating as a school and it seems like she has never left.

He is often seen and heard playing in the halls. However, he certainly does not seem to be alone in the building since many visitors, staff, and paranormal investigators have all said that they have heard what sounds like a small group of children laughing and playing in the building.

At least the little boy doesn’t seem to be lonely!

4. Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma

Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma

Tacoma Old City Hall has been at the center of various reports of hauntings since the mid-seventies.

According to local town records, the police were called to the old building on a number of occasions starting in 1974 to investigate a variety of different disturbances including lights going on and off, noises coming from inside, fire alarms sounding, and even the intruder alarms being triggered.

Those reporting the disturbances believed that someone was breaking in, but on each occasion, the police could find no evidence that anyone had even been inside.

There were no signs of forced entry, nothing had been disturbed and there was no logical explanation for the disturbances!

5. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

Fort Vancouver dates back to the 19 th century, but before that, it served as a fur-trading outpost. It stands on the Columbia River and is located partly in Washington and partly in Oregon.

Like so many other old and ruined buildings, Fort Vancouver has its fair share of secrets hidden within its wall.

One of the most active buildings is said to be the Grant House Art Center which sits among the houses in Officers’ Row.

Some of the strange phenomena that has been reported there include phones ringing when they are completely unplugged and doors opening or closing by themselves.

There is one particular ghost who members of staff have nicknamed ‘Sully’ that likes to sit in the cafe drinking coffee!

6. Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

Mount Baker Theatre opened in Bellingham in 1927 and ever since it first opened its doors the building seems to have been plagued by ghosts!

Just some of the reports that have been recorded here include unexplained noises, cold spots, strange disembodied voices, balls of light, and even the odd apparition.

There is a resident ghost of a young woman named Judy, and for years the theatre has had reports of her “developing crushes” on male projectionists and ushers at the theatre–when she picks a crush, they’ll hear their names called across the stage or they’ll feel ghostly touches on their backs and shoulders.

And she’s just one of 4 ghosts that paranormal investigators have discovered there!

With all of this strange paranormal activity going on, it is not difficult to see why Mount Baker Theatre is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Washington state!

7. Oxford Saloon, Snohomish

Oxford Saloon, Snohomish

The Oxford Saloon in Snohomish is considered to be one of the top haunted places in Washington state.

It has been investigated by a number of different paranormal investigators and many of them have picked up some very clear examples of electronic voice phenomena.

The saloon was built in 1900 but has been modified considerably over the years. It has seen more than its fair share of violence over the years – especially down in the basement and in the men’s card room.

One of the most documented murders here is the death of a Policeman named Henry who was a regular at the saloon and who may even have worked as a bouncer on his days off.

He is believed to be one of the many spirits haunting the Oxford Saloon today. He most often appears on the basement stairs, but is also known to pinch women in the ladies’ restroom!

On the upper floors, there are said to be three more ghosts – a man in a bowler hat and two female spirits.

One of these ladies is a madam known as Kathleen and she is described as an older woman dressed in purple with matching purple bows.

The other lady is a girl named Amelia who was forced into prostitution by Kathleen and who was found dead in a closet in the property.

8. Kells Irish Pub, Seattle

Kells Irish Pub, Seattle

Once known as the Butterworth Building, this former mortuary is now a very popular bar called Kell’s Irish Pub.

It is not only one of the most haunted locations in Washington state, but is considered to be the most haunted pub in North America and has even been the focus of a couple of different paranormal television shows.

A large number of bodies have passed through the mortuary thanks to disease epidemics, mining accidents, and violent crime and that has certainly left its mark on the property.

Just some of the unexplained activity that has been documented here includes mirrors spontaneously shattering for no apparent reason, plaster falling from the walls, glasses being swiped off of surfaces by unseen hands, and disembodied voices.

The owner also claims to have seen an apparition sitting at the end of the bar which he described as a mixed-race man with very thin hands and wearing a suit jacket.

Interestingly, some of the bodies that passed through the mortuary here would have been the victims of our next haunted location – Starvation Heights Sanatarium.

9. Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Olalla

Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Olalla

Starvation Heights Sanitarium was operated by Dr. Linda Hazzard and her husband Sam, but the doctor was using a very strange treatment method to treat her patients – starvation!

Needless to say, this was not an effective treatment and a large number of her patients died.

These bodies were incinerated within the sanitarium to cover up the mistreatment while Dr. Hazzard maintained her public image as a strong female leader.

However, behind the scenes, she was evil and greedy.  Today, the foundation of the building and the incinerator are all that really remains.

Well, apart from the spirits of former patients that are said to be roaming the ruins that is!

10. Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley

Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley

At one time, as many as 2000 patients lived in the Northern State Mental Hospital. A large percentage of those patients would also have died in the building due to a variety of different causes.

Some would have passed from natural causes, but far more died as a direct result of strenuous physical labor, electroshock therapy treatments gone too far, botched lobotomies, complications during forced sterilization, and some were just straight out murdered.

It is no great surprise that with so much death and despair linked to the property, it has become one of the most haunted places in the state.

There have been various reports of paranormal activity including one of the most common sightings – an apparition of a nurse pushing a male patient in a wheelchair.

Other common reports include shadow figures, disembodied screams, and cold spots.

11. Historic Everett Theatre, Everett

Exerior of Historic Everett Theatre in Washington

Located in the historic mill town of Everett, just 25 miles north of Seattle, lies the Historic Everett Theatre. Opening in 1901 then known as the Everett Opera House, it played host to many of the biggest names in early 20th-century entertainment, such as the Marx Brothers, Fatty Arbuckle, and George Cohan.

With over 120 years of history, it wasn’t until 1993 during renovations that supernatural reports started to really ramp up.

Whilst the work was going on people would often experience the feeling of being watched, and doors would mysteriously not shut.

In one instance a member of staff was on his way out of the projection room when the door just wouldn’t close. The more force he used the more resistance there was, then suddenly the door burst open hitting him in the chest and knocking him to the floor.

Whoever haunts here certainly seems to like the projection room as on another occasion an employee witnessed a sweater lift off the floor and float before being thrown back down. In another instance, an employee was working on the film projector when he suddenly felt like he was being watched. Looking up he saw what he described as a man from his waist up looking at him through the projection window, disappearing moments later.

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