January 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Ardvreck Castle

2018-01-31T17:53:08+00:00

Betrayals and Besiege! Nestled between the shores of Loch Assynt and the looming peaks of the Quinag, Ardvreck Castle (Caisteal Àrd Bhric in Gaelic) in the Scottish Highlands was once home to the MacLeods of Assynt. It is an achingly beautiful part of Scotland with mountain faces of sheer rock and bleak moorland interspaced with [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Ardvreck Castle2018-01-31T17:53:08+00:00

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World

2018-01-28T22:39:37+00:00

Down through the ages, Scottish graveyards or kirkyards have had a variety of uses other than laying our dear departed to rest. This includes the following: being used as market places, being used as prisons, wappenschaws, weapons practice, feeding grounds for animals and inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens and J K Rowling. [...]

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World2018-01-28T22:39:37+00:00

December 2017

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!

2019-11-04T13:48:15+00:00

Plague! What could be a more chilling, bloodcurdling cry in Scotland during medieval times? Not even advancing armies could inspire such dread as the approaching doom of Bubonic Plague or ‘the Black Death’. The best ghost stories always involve dark deeds and dreadful deaths and it is small wonder that Edinburgh is said to [...]

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!2019-11-04T13:48:15+00:00

Spectral Terrors in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Tavern

2018-01-02T22:52:05+00:00

From the outside, No.167 Canongate looks impressive. A huge clock overhangs the archway over Tolbooth Wynd and it is obvious that the five-storey high building is one of the Canongate’s oldest remaining constructions. The Tolbooth Tavern was built in 1591 and should not be confused with the Tolbooth Prison, a building which was once [...]

Spectral Terrors in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Tavern2018-01-02T22:52:05+00:00

November 2017

Scotland’s Most Haunted: Spynie Palace

2018-01-30T21:53:42+00:00

During my days at New Elgin Primary school, I’d often find myself in a huddle with my classmates as we tried to scare each other with ‘ghostie’ stories about Scotland's most haunted locations. Inevitably we would resort to telling two tales inspired from Elgin’s medieval past. Our young fertile imaginations conjured up a huge tunnel [...]

Scotland’s Most Haunted: Spynie Palace2018-01-30T21:53:42+00:00