The Haunted Ones

Since it's that Halloween time..I decided to post some apparently haunted places ;) I do love some of that. All of these you will find in Scotland and I've been to them all. They are fabulous sites to go and see & look much different than these photos, but you know I had to make them all spooky and such for the season! The first picture, I definitely felt something strange going on whilst walking around. The rest, not as much. Enjoy!!

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Loudoun Castle...A large ruined mansion, it incorporates also an old tower house. The building was accidentally torched and gutted by fire in 1941, and is now the centre piece of Loudon Castle Theme park. The castle is reputedly haunted by a 'Grey Lady' who was often witnessed before its destruction, and is said to have been witnessed many times since. Another ghost said to haunt Loudon Castle is that of a hunting dog, this eerie apparition has been witnessed several times in the area, and is reported to have glowing eyes.



{I used a photo I took from the inside, because for me, it felt much more haunted, than the outside did}





Linlithgow Palace...This grand, 12th century fortress by the Union Canal is probably best known for being the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542. But although Mary has reportedly haunted every castle she’s ever stayed in, her ghost is surprisingly absent from these grounds. Instead Linlithgow Palace is said to be haunted by her mother, and wife of James V, Mary of Guise. The French queen has apparently been seen many times over the centuries, wandering Margaret’s Bower at the top of one of the stair-towers. She is not alone though, and is joined by a mysterious ‘Blue Lady’, who walks from the entrance of the palace to the door of the nearby parish church of St Michael. The ghost is believed to be seen mostly in the month of April but also in September, at about 9 am in the morning. Queen Margaret's bower is also reputed to be haunted by the ghost of either Margaret Tudor wife of James IV, or Mary of Guise wife of James V. Her apparition has allegedly been witnessed standing at the top of the tower waiting on the return of her husband from battle.
 
 



Culzean Castle...pronounced 'Cul-lane' is a magnificent castellated mansion built between 1777 and 1792, and is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The castle has a number of ghosts, these include, a ghostly piper said to herald a Kennedy marriage. His erie apparition has reportedly been seen in the grounds and in an area known as 'Pipers Brae'. The piper is said to have been exploring the nearby caves beneath the castle when he mysteriously vanished. Other ghosts allegedly haunt this fine castle, one a young lady dressed in what appears to be a ball gown, an apparition that has reportedly been seen on the main stair and a spectral figure of a gentleman which has been recently witnessed by the lift lobby.



 {One will know this castle from the movie 'Highlander'. It's amazing in colour, will post more about this one another time}

Eilean Donan stands in a spectacular location at the mouth of Loch Duich. Although once quite ruinous, the castle was rebuilt in the 20th century. It was long held by the MacKenzies, and sheltered Robert the Bruce in 1306. In 1331 Randolph, Earl of Moray, executed 50 men at Eilean Donan and he had their heads spiked on the castle walls. During the Jacobite rising of 1719 Spanish troops garrisoned the castle, and the ghost of one of the soldiers allegedly haunts Eilean Donan. The erie spectre has been witnessed in the Gift Shop and is said to hold his head under his arm. Another apparition, Lady Mary, reputedly haunts one of the bedrooms.




Edinburgh Castle
Standing high on a rock in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's most important buildings. The castle is home of The Honours of Scotland ie. The Scottish Crown Jewels and is reputedly haunted by several apparitions. A drummer, sometimes reported as being headless, has allegedly been witnessed on part of the castle battlements and drums are reportedly heard more often than the apparition is seen. The spectre of a dog has been reported near the main castle entrance, other manifestations include ghostly soldiers, and in the recently opened up vaulted dungeons figures have been seen.






{All Photos taken by me, KizzyDoll..except for the Edinburgh Castle picture, gotten/edited from here}

51 comments

  1. i absolutely lovee castles!! buut those haunted ones are just scaryy :(

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  2. These places all seem awesome to go and visit, although sometimes I buy into that whole haunted castle thing and begin to believe ghosts and stuff are real. With that said I'm not sure if I'll be going personally to see any of these places any time soon. Nice Halloween post! :)

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  3. I love Scotland, though I'm not sure what I'd do if I ever "met" a Grey Lady or Blue Lady or - God forbid - a dog with glowing eyes... Run? ;-) Have a lovely week xo

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  4. I love castles an lovely pictures.
    Such history and the beautiful features!
    Perfect place for a Halloween adventure.

    Abigail x

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  5. You know Kizzy, this gives a new meaning to "you must live in a castle". I rathar a home anyday, because these look cold and scary! HAHAHA Can you imagine living in one way back when? So many rooms, levels and no built in lighting. Omg'd! Don't get me wrong, they're magnificent pieces of architecture, but to LIVE. And I agree with you wholeheartedly with the 1st one. It's the spookiest and I don't know if my eyes are tricking me, but that statue looks like it's composed of various people. HAHAHA Great post girl and I love what you did to these pics! Fantastic. Oooh, i love a good spooky story this time of year and you definitely provided it. Enjoyed reading the history of each one. The story about Randolph executing 50 men and had their heads spiked on the castle wall did it for me. LOL Holding onto my neck! LOL Have a great evening! :D
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  6. Wow they look really spooky. I know that you made them look that way but that is how they are always depicted anyway. I hope my castle in the sky has Albert my cat up there, would love to see him again. I love reading about the hauntings and the fact that you felt something in one of them is very freaky. Did it scare you? What did you feel? Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

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  7. Oh my goodness! Wouldnt it be a scary (yet amazing) experience to go to one of these castles. Haunted or not the stories are enough to freak you out! haha

    Eeli

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  8. Hmm I love Halloween.. Imagine spending the night in one of those castles? That would be pretty cool to do!

    Hugs! ~Angel

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  9. wow! I must visit these some day! Although i am a total wuss when it comes to such things... it should be fun ;)

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  10. I've always wanted to go there! omg...so beautiful <3

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  11. Thank you for your condolences on my god daughter Charmaine's passing. It means a lot to me.

    Thanx for sharing these pictures. I love such ghostly venues. I'll be heading to London in November and I would check out the London one. A pity I won't be going to Scotland.

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  12. They look all scary, well done ; ) I don't like scary places... they creep me out! xo

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  13. Thanks I am your 161st follower.
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  14. Oh that's a spooky post...

    but those castles look so lovely.

    Maybe a daytime visit won't be as scary ♥

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  15. very original the post :D what are you going to do in Halloween?

    xx

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  16. How fun would those be to visit! I would hope they're haunted. Ha!

    Summer-Raye

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  17. I love old buildings and tales of ghosts and such. I've never met the apparition of someone dead, but I've heard a few stories from people who has...

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  18. wow, thats sooo creepy! i would have been sooo crazed!

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  19. Castles and ghosts...my two favorite things!

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  20. great post and nice of you to give a talk through each one.

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  21. I've always wanted to come to Scotland and visit the castles, but never really thought about how they might be haunted...it makes sense, haha! Loved your stories and that second image with all those figures and heads is truly haunting!

    xo Mary Jo

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  22. I've only been to Edinburgh Castle from your list. I will have to visit the rest now and creep myself out. Love the halloween-themed post :)

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  23. Soooo Interesting!

    Being a St Andrews alumni I definitely did my tour of the Edinburgh castle at night hehe. I love these stories!

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  24. Wow! You're so lucky! I'd love to visit these places!

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  25. I cannot imagine myself spending night in one of those.. I'm so sorry dear for not showing up for so long, I'll catch up all the posts when I find some more time, my new work exhausts me totally:( Have a fantastic Wednesday!

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  26. I do so like getting scared by things like this. Don't really believe in ghosts but sure do enjoy the fright of it all.

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  27. Love this post! J & I watch Ghost Hunters all the time and we love when they go to the castles in Scotland :) xoxo

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  28. This is really interesting!!! ^-^


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    Antonia
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  29. Those Scottish Castles are amazing!

    ~ Violet

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  30. these places looks really scary/

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  31. I adore haunted castles - I was brought up in one. lol. Love the story behind each. xoxo

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  32. OHHH Eerie stuff Kizzy - I love a castle - but have never been to a haunted one ever, but I did experience something odd as a child - so I am convinced there is someone/thing out there . Happy halloween hon,
    Axx

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  33. OoooOOoooooh spooky! :)

    I love castles, they're so terrific.

    I got married at Old Wardour Castle in Dorset and it was a really great experience.

    x

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  34. Loving these posts. Went to Edinburgh castle last month and ate at the Witchery!! Priceless!!!

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  35. Beautiful photography Kizzy, you should copyright these! and loved the stories too:)
    I wouldn't stay over night in these castles LOL

    Have a Fab Friday!
    xx
    Marusya

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  36. The pictures are amazing! I would love to go to Scotland some day and visit those castles. But I´d rather prefer no to meet all those ghosts... hehe!
    xoxo
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  37. Haunted places fascinate me and scare the pants off me at the same time :) Great, eerie round-up!

    xx Cat

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  38. Love these castles! :) Gorgeous pictures, doll!! :)

    Have a fab weekend! :)

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  39. hey sweet girly:)! thank you for your sweet bday mssage! and for the lovely wisdom.. :) always welcome.. I'm gonna enjoy my day to the fullest :D!

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  40. They look amazing and even a little eery! I wish Australia celebrated Haloween more! It looks like so much fun!

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  41. Halloween inspiration post, of great places where to go and party ahahha

    great post

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  42. I love Halloween but every-time I go Edinburgh I get too scared to go to the castle lol!! <3
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  43. Gorg photos! You're so lucky to live in a land so steeped in history . . .

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  44. Creepy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so scared of those types of things. Please come ad check out my blog and follow me please other wise I will be a tad depressed!

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  45. I love Scotland.. Beautiful country.. I only visited Edinburgh Castle, but would love to visit all this places!

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  46. wow this was very interesting to read and the pictures are amazing!

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