Castle Guernigo, Ancient ruined Castle of the Sinclairs

Castle Guernigo, Ancient ruined Castle of the Sinclairs

THE HERMITAGE Scottish Borders

...the medieval nightmare called Hermitage, a gaunt, grey Border castle standing in the less of the valley side, with a little river running under its walls. the Hermitage, which took its name supposedly from a holy man who once settled there, is not a big place, but in its way it is more impressive than Caernavon or Edinburgh or even the Tower of London. For it is magnificently preserved, and one sees it as it was, the guard house of the bloodiest valley in Britain. One is not surprised to learn that an early owner was boiled alive by impatient neighbors; there is a menace about the massive walls, about the rain-soaked hillside, about the dreary gurgle of the river.——The Steel Bonnets, © George MacDonald Fraser, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1972 ISBN: 0-394-47049-4

On the tidal island Eilann Shona

On the tidal island Eilann Shona

CORTACHY CASTLE, Kirriemuir, County Angus

Cortachy Castle, seat of the earls of Airlie, is haunted by a...drummer-boy who angered a former Lord Airlie. He was put to his death by being thrust into his own drum and thrown from the window of the castle tower, the chamber where the ghostly music most often seems to originate. Before his death the drummer is said to have threatened to haunt the family if his life was taken. He seems to have been as good as his word for the drum is reported to have been heard before the deaths of members of the Ogilvy family on a number of occasions over the years. ——GAZETEER OF SCOTTISH GHOSTS © Peter Underwood,Fontana/Collins, 1973


Scottish Castles Who Said What? 

Eileann Donan “Highlander film!” Castle on Loch Duich

Eileann Donan “Highlander film!” Castle on Loch Duich

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Autumn in Scotland is always a delight. This is the best season for mists, nature’s way of adding lace-curtains to the view. But there is always one day each autumn when the skes clear as if by magic. This is an important day for Scots all round the world, as photographers from far and wide speed over to Loch Duich to capture the castle of Eilean Donan for next year’s calendars. ——Scotland for Beginners, 1314 an’ a’ that, by Rupert Beasley, 2001

Scottish history is very much the history of one or two towns, and it may be said that the history of these towns is the history of their castles. Take away all the events connected with Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle from Northern annals, and what a gap you make!. ——Picturesque Scotland; Its Romantic Scenes and Historical Associations Described in Lay and Legend, Song and Story, © Francis Watt 1849-1927

Castle Glamis looks just like a Disneyland Castle…but it’s  not

Castle Glamis looks just like a Disneyland Castle…but it’s not


What a place Glamis is for those who love mysteries! There is the Haunted Chamber...the mysterious rooms that seem to have no doors; the everlasting blood-stain in King Malcolm's room where Malcolm II was murdered in the 11th century; the pathetic and shy Grey or White Lady who is still see quite often in the vicinity of the chapel dedicated to St. Michael...the bedroom door that opened every night whether it was locked, bolted or had furniture piled against it...the tongueless woman who looks out of a barren window or runs across the park pointing to her bleeding mouth...There is even a vampire legend at Glamis. A woman servant who was caught in the act of sucking the blood from one of her victims was hustled into a secret room and left to die. ——GAZETEER OF SCOTTISH GHOSTS © Peter Underwood,Fontana/Collins, 1973

DUNTRUNE CASTLE (Argyll and Bute)

A bagpiper was once sent by his master to infiltrate this castle, near Lochgilphead. He posed as a wandering minstrel in order to investigate the fortifications, which were formidable, but eventually his cover was blown and he was taken prisoner. As his master's army approached, he tried to warn them to stay away by piping at them. He succeeded, and had his hands cut off as a punishment; but his ghost plays very well without them. ——Supernatural SCOTLAND: A Wonderfully Chilling Guide to Scotland's Rich Supernatural Heritage by Harry Campbell,Harper Collins Publishers,1999, © Harper Collins, ISBN 000472325 2

CARLETON CASTLE Lendalfoot, Ayrshire

The tall fragments of a grey building perched high on a hill overlooking the cleft of Lendal Water is all that remains now of Carleton Castle. The area is haunted from time to time by mysterious shrill cries and strangely fading screams. This is the castle, immortalised in a ballad, where a baron lived who disposed of seven wives by throwing them over the cliff; but his eighth, May Cullean, was more than a match for him and pushed him to his death. ——GAZETEER OF SCOTTISH GHOSTS © Peter Underwood, Fontana/Collins, 1973 

KNOCKDOLIAN CASTLE, Strathclyde, Ayrshire

At night a mermaid used to come from the waters surrounding Knockdolian Castle, sit upon a stone and sing. However, the Lady of Knockdolian found that the singing wakened her baby and had the stone broken up. The following night, finding her favourite seat had gone, the mermaid sang: Ye may think on your cradle - I'll think on my stane;
And there'll ne're be an heir to Knockdolian again.
A few nights later the cradle was found overturned and the baby dead. And thereafter, true to the mermaid's curse, the family became extinct. ——SCOTLAND Myths and Legends, © Beryl Beare, copyright Parragon. London 1996

BALNAGOWAN CASTLE, Tain, Ross and Cromarty

Ancient Balnagowan Castle is haunted by at least two ghosts; wicked 'Black Andrew' and a murdered Scottish princess. There are several skeletons within these grey-pink walls, the remains of the Scottish princess,a man who died of the plague, and one of the Rosses who were here for centuries...a hairy old man with burning and malevolent eyes glowers at all who pass along the Red Corridor; almost as though 'Black Andrew' still watched for women as he did all through his evil life. ——GAZETEER OF SCOTTISH GHOSTS © Peter Underwood,Fontana/Collins, 1973 

A German antiquary has said of Scotland, that it is a place where every stone has its history, and, indeed, there is no mouldering castle, no heap of ruined stones that once formed a fair cloister, that is not memorable for some story of war or piety, lighted with some gleams of long-past love, or dark with some tale of revenge. ——Picturesque Scotland; Its Romantic Scenes and Historical Associations Described in Lay and legend, Song and Story © Francis Watt 1849-1927


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