If you enjoy history, then exploring the ghost culture of Scotland’s castles should prove rewarding. The country is filled with tales and legends that often mix the rich history of the land. For example, in this article, you will learn about a haunted connection between one structure and the actions of William Wallace.
Dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, Kellie Castle was constructed by the hands of the Oliphants, which then passed onto the Erskines. After it was leased by James Lorimer in 1878, the castle was restored to its former appearance. Later on in the 1900s, the castle became the responsibility of the National Trust for Scotland. It is believed that the ghost of Lormier can be seen on the premises , taking a seat in one of the corridors. Other strange reports associated with the castle include the ghost of Anne Erskine and ghostly footfalls detected on the main stair.
Found on the west coast of Scotland, the Ardrossan Castle is situated in a town bearing the same name. Features of the castle include a moat, vaulted range with kitchen and cellars, and a deep passageway. Ruins of the original castle are still on the grounds. Ardrossan Castle was initially owned by Clan Barclay, but was partly destroyed during the Wars of Scottish Independence. During this event, the English garrison was slaughtered. In the 15th century, Clan Montgomery rebuilt the castle, but the premises were not properly cared for and were demolished by the soldiers of Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century.
The ruins of Ardrossan Castle that have been left behind are believed to be haunted by the infamous William Wallace (depicted by Mel Gibson in the movie ‘Braveheart’). Wallace was captured during the Scottish Battles for Independence. It is said that he and his men killed the garrison and stacked the bodies in the basement. When stormy nights emerge, a tall figure with a beard is thought to be Wallace , haunting the ruins of the castle.
You will find Brodick Castle just outside the port of Brodick on the Isle of Arran , an island in the Firth of Clyde. At one time, it was a place for the Dukes of Hamilton, but is now owned by the National Trust of Scotland. The ancient stronghold possesses a lengthy history that is dotted with turbulence and ghost tales, including sightings of the ‘Grey Lady’ who has been seen wearing grey attire with a large white collar. Her apparition has appeared in the Tea Room and the back corridor , parts of the castle that are older than the rest of the structure.
Other strange happenings at the castle include the phantom of a man dressed in a green velvet coat who has been seen in the castle library, a ghostly figure on the back stair, cold spots, vanishing figures that follow visitors, and a tall dark figure wearing a robe.