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Ghost sightings have been reported in many castles and manor houses. Few old castles do not boast the shade of a jilted lover tumbling from the battlements, a ghostly White Lady, a demonic Monk who vanishes if challenged, a poltergeist, a headless phantom, a spectral coach and horses or disembodied wailing. An especially common theme is that of a victim walled up alive within the castle, whose ghost haunts the castle for centuries afterwards, until the victim's body is found and properly buried. Some stories tend to be regional - spectral pipers on the ramparts of Scottish castles or demonic Black Dogs known as Shucks in the South of England.

Stories of supernatural omens are attached to many castles and the families that own them, generally warning of a forthcoming death in the family, sometimes specifically the lord, chatelain or clan chief. The omen typically takes the form of an unusual animal such as a white deer, a white owl, or a white fox.

In Scotland over a dozen castles claim the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots. In England several castles claim royal ghosts including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Berkeley Castle. Many of the best stories have an historical events underpinning them: often an execution or a murder, with supporting detail such as names and dates. There are also a smaller number of reported supernatural creatures that inhabit castles: fairies, banshees and goblins; giants and vampires, and elemental sprites. There are also a large number of ancient legends and curses associated with castles.

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These are all well-known and widely reported supernatural visitations. The webmaster (a rationalist) does not warrant the factual accuracy of any of them.

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Dragsholm Slot      , Horve, Denmark
Ghost Haunting, the Earl of Bothwell      
In the 1500s the Earl of Bothwell was held prisoner here for about 5 years and died in 1578 in the cellar. Every night his ghost comes riding in the court yard of the castle with his ghostly horse carriage, the horses' hooves clattering in the court yard.


Dragsholm Slot      , Horve, Denmark
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The daughter of one of the owners of the castle fell in love with a man who worked in the castle. One day her father caught them. He was so angry that he imprisoned his daughter inside a thick wall of the castle. Her ghost returns every night to the castle and walks around the corridors. In the 1930s workmen tore the old walls down and found a little hole in the wall with a skeleton with a white dress in it.


Dragsholm Slot      , Horve, Denmark
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The gray lady is said to be the ghost of a woman who once worked at the cast as a maid. In life she suffered a dreadful toothache. She was cured, and after her death she returns to the castle every night to see if everything is in the right order, in gratitude for her cure.


Castle Acton      Penzance, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Sound of Bell      
A priest staying in the castle reported hearing the buzzing of a bell that woke him up several times during the night. The priest had spent the night in the former maid's room. A lady of the castle had had an electric buzzer connected to her maid's room should she require assistance, though it had was removed when she had died.


Acton Burnell Castle      Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Girl in White Lace      
A ghostly girl dressed in white lace haunts this ruined castle


Aldbury Castle      Aldbury, Hertfordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Devil's Bang      
The Devil reportedly helped the owner of the castle perform alchemy on the site, before a chemical mishap blew them both to hell.


Alnwick Castle      Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Vampire, Vampire      
A one time lord of the castle became a vampire and frequented the castle in the twelfth century. (an event recorded by the Chronicler William of Newburgh). The vampire "lived" underneath the castle and would emerge at night to attack the local villagers. An outbreak of the Black Death was attributed to the vampire, which resulted in the villagers digging him up and burning him.


Amberley Castle Hotel      Amberley, West Sussex˙, England
Ghost Haunting, Emily      
Emily, a teenager, died shortly after being seduced by a bishop. Her ghost appears in and around the castle kitchen.


Annesley Hall      Annesley, Nottinghamshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Pregnant Woman      
A woman was found murdered after she had fallen pregnant to a member of the owner's family. Her ghost haunts the old servants' quarters.


Annesley Hall      Annesley, Nottinghamshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Old Man      
The ghost of an old man haunts the hall, a black figure wandering about searching for something in the old laundry rooms


Appuldurcombe House      Wroxall, Isle of Wight, England
Ghost Haunting, Multiple Phantoms      
The house is well known as one of the most haunted places on the island, with frequent tales and claimed sightings of ghosts. These include a phantom carriage parked outside the house, brown-clad monks, dark shapes roaming the grounds, babies cry and unseen hands leaf through pages of the visitor's book.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Girl in White      
The ghost of a young woman dressed in white is seen wandering around Hiornes tower on moonlit nights (the tower located behind the castle in Arundel Park designed in the 18th century by the architect Francis Hiorne). It is thought that the young woman committed suicide, throwing herself from the tower after the loss of her true love. She appears on moonlit nights and often seen by the groundkeepers.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Omen, Small White Bird      
A ghostly small white bird is seen fluttering around the windows of the castle before the death of a resident of the castle and its appearance is regarded as an omen that tragedy will strike someone connected to the castle.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Young Girl      
A young girl flees towards a tower, from where she once jumped and killed herself


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Noises      
People can hear the ghostly distant rumble of cannon being shot at the castle walls


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Man in Blue      
The 'Blue Man appears In the library (renowned as one of the finest Gothic rooms in England). It is thought to be the ghost of a man who lived in the castle at the time of King Charles II.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Scullion      
The ghost of a young boy who worked in the kitchens some 200 years ago appears frequently scrubbing pots and pans and scurrying in the kitchen. It is thought that the boy died of sever beatings administered there.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Man in Blue      
The library is haunted by a blue man, paging through an unidentified book


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Man in Grey      
This ghost is seen in the servants quarters, with long hair and dressed in a loose sleeved grey tunic. When seen the ghost fades away to nothing.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Poltergeist, Poltergeist      
Equipment has been heard in use in the castle kitchens, though always empty on investigation,


Askerton Castle      Askerton, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, May Marye      
May Marye was murdered by a lover. Now she extracts revenge on the living by jumping on the backs of passing horses and terrifying their riders. She once engaged a rider in conversation, making him swear on his life that the topic of discussion would never be revealed.


Astley Castle      Astley, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Duke of Suffolk      
Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk was the father of Lady Jane Grey. Bloody Mary had him beheaded on 23 February 1554, after his conviction for high treason for his part in Sir Thomas Wyatt's attempt to overthrow her after she announced her intention to marry Philip II of Spain. Henry's headless ghost now haunts this castle. His severed head was discovered in a vault in London's Holy Trinity church perfectly preserved by oak sawdust from the scaffold on which he had been executed, 297 years earlier.


Athelhampton House      Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Grey Lady of Athelhampton      
A ghost known as the Grey Lady of Athelhampton is frequently seen, and often passes through solid walls.


Athelhampton House      Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Scratching Ape      
A pet ape was accidentally trapped in the secret passage leading from the Great Chamber. The ghostly sound of scratching can be heard from the passage.


Athelhampton House      Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Priest      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a Catholic priest, believed to have been the Catholic chaplain of the Martyn family.


Athelhampton House      Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Tapping      
The spectral sound of tapping is said to be made by the ghost of a cooper near to the Great Hall.


Athelhampton House      Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectal Swordsmen      
A pair of spectal swordsmen haunt the Great Chamber, dualling.


Baconsthorpe Castle      Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Sentry      
A ghost soldier patrols the battlements that the soldier patrolled in life. He is blamed for the stones thrown into the moat.


Bamburgh Castle      Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Pink      
A 'Pink Lady' haunts the castle. In life she was a Northumbrian Princess who wanted to marry her true love, but he was beneath her station. Her father sent her lover overseas and after a period of time, he told her that her lover had married someone else and that she should forget all about him. To cheer her up in her obvious melancholy, the King had a beautiful pink dress made for her. When it was completed, she put on the garment, then climbed on to the highest battlements and threw herself to her death on the rocks below. The princess returns to the Castle every seven years in her pink dress, wondering around then making her way down the rocky path to the beach, where she stands and watches, waiting for her lover to return.


Bamburgh Castle      Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Green      
A ghostly woman with a green cloak is sometimes seen falling from the top of the castle, but vanishes before she hits the ground.


Bamburgh Castle      Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Olde Knight      
A knight in armour is often heard stomping about the castle, sometimes rattling chains.


Barnard Castle      Durham, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Ann Day      
Her body having been tossed into the River Tees by her murderer, the ghost of Lady Ann Day is seen repeating her plummet into the river.


Barnwell Castle      Barnwell, Northamptonshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Monk with Whip      
Strong gusts of wind felt on windless days are attributed to the ghost of a murdered monk who walks this area wielding a whip.


Belgrave Hall      Belgrave, Leicester, England
Ghost Haunting, Victorian Woman      
The ghost of Victorian woman in a terracotta dress and black shoes haunts the Hall.


Bellister Castle      Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Grey Minstrel      
An old minstrel often came and played his harp at the castle. The lord of the castle decided that the minstrel was a spy and had him killed. Now the musician's grey form is now seen about the castle.


Berkeley Castle      Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Edward II's Disembodied Scream      21 September
Berkeley Castle is the castle in which Edward II was confined in 1327 AD after he was deposed by his wife Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. Confinement in the dungeons with their terrible conditions and disease failed to provoke the death of the King. They decided to depose of the King and Edward II was suffered probably the most horrific death of any British king in history. He was pinned down on a table and a funnel inserted into his rectum. Through it a red-hot poker was pushed into his bowels. The room where this murder took place can still be visied by visitors to the castle. Edward II died in such terrible agony that it has been said for many centuries that his screams can be heard miles from the castle on the anniversary of his death.


Berry Pomeroy Castle      Berry Pomeroy , Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
A Blue Lady haunts the castle. She is the ghost of a young woman who became pregnant by her own father. When the baby was born, she smothered it causing her ghost forever doomed to wander in painful regret. The child has also been heard crying and screaming in the castle


Berry Pomeroy Castle      Berry Pomeroy , Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Margaret de Pomeroy      
Eleanor de Pomeroy in a cruel act of spite, imprisoned and starved her sister Margaret to death because they both fell in love with the same man. She was killed beneath the 15th century now called Margaret's tower, reached by a winding stone staircase, in a dark castle dungeon. Margaret's ghostly form appears in the depths of the tower and many have said that they have felt her presence in the stairway leading to her former cell.


Berry Pomeroy Castle      Berry Pomeroy , Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, black dog      
A ghostly black dog haunts this castle.


Berry Pomeroy Castle      Berry Pomeroy , Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Cavalier      
A phantom cavalier haunts the castle


Berwick castle      Berwick upon Tweed , Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Scottish Piper      
The ghostly Scots piper plays his pipes while pacing the ruined battlements.


Betchworth Castle      Betchworth, Surrey, England
Ghost Haunting, Lord Hope      
While chasing an escaping prisoner, Lord Hope killed a man, thinking he was the escaped prisoner. He later discovered it was his son. The ghost of Lord Hope now walks the castle in regret.


Blanchminster Castle (now ruins)      Stratton, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Ranulph      
When this knight returned from the crusades he discovered his wife had thought him dead, and remarried. He spent his remaining days living rough in the land around the castle, and his ghost can be seen in the former moat.


Blenkinsopp Castle      Greenhead, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady de Blenkinsopp      
Lady de Blenkinsopp is said to wait for her husband to return from the crusades, where he went after a disagreement over gold. Some reports state that the treasure is still hidden on the site.


Bodiam Castle      Bodiam, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Singing      Easter Sunday
Phantom singing, music, and words spoken in an unidentifiable language are heard in the castle on Easter Sunday.


Bodiam Castle      Bodiam, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Young Boy      
The ghost of a young boy haunts the bridge - he seems to be crossing it but the ghost disappears when he reaches the mid-way point.


Bodiam Castle      Bodiam, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Red      
Thi ghost of a Lady dressed in red stands on the top of a tower, illuminated by bright moonlight, as if waiting for someone.˙


Bolingbroke Castle      Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Hare      
The castle is haunted by a phantom hare, which locals believe to be a witch was once held prisoner in the castle.


Bolsover Castle      Bolsover, Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, a man wearing ruffs      
Phantoms have also been reported in the chamber under the castle: a man wearing ruffs and a woman in a scarf have been spotted standing together, before vanishing.


Bolsover Castle      Bolsover, Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Burning Baby      
The ghostly woman seen in the kitchen area of the castle carefully places a small child into the fireplace before vanishing.˙


Bolton Castle      Castle Bolton, Yorkshire , England
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
Imprisoned by the English, Mary Queen of Scots spent some time at this castle. Her ghost walks around the courtyard.


Bramber Castle      Steyning, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Four Siblings      
Bramber Castle was, in the reign of King John, owned by William de Braose whose opulent lifestyle made him the envy of his monarch. He was to incur the King's displeasure in the events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 AD. The King decided to make an example of Braose and ordered him to give up his four young children to be hostages of the King ensuring their father's future good behaviour. When John's demand was refused, John sent an army to Bramber with instructions to take the children by force. Braose learned of the plan and fled to Ireland with his family. They were later captured, returned to England and imprisoned at Windsor Castle where the John had the four children starved to death as a warning to other barons. They died at Windsor Castle, but it is to the ruin of Bramber Castle that the spectres of the murdered children return at Christmas when they are seen begging for food.


Bramber Castle      Steyning, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Maude of Ditching      
Laid up with gout one Christmas, Lord Hubert de Hurst invited young William de Lindfield to the castle to come and cheer him up. Lord Hubert discovered his young wife, Maud of Ditchling, and William embracing in the garden. Lord Hubert, seething with jealousy, devised a plan to entomb William in a dungeon in the depths of the castle. Many years later after the castle was attacked during the Civil War, a skeleton was discovered in a corner, head upon hands, elbows resting on the knees - presumably the mortal remains of William de Lindfield. Maude of Ditchling's ghostly screams can be heard in the ruins.


Bransil Castle      Bransil, Herefordshire, England
Legend, Demon Bird      
A large black bird protects a pile of hidden gold within the castle grounds. The hoard cannot be moved except by a treasure hunter.in possession of the bones of Lord Beauchamp, former owner of the gold.


Brougham Hall      Penrith, Cumbria, England
Legend, Wailing Skull      
A skull is walled up somewhere in the walls of the hall. Its spectral screams can be heard wailing on dark nights. It is said that great evil will befal the hall if the skull were ever removed from the Hall.


Brownsea Castle      Brownsea Island, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Mary Bonham Christie      
A photograph taken from a window in the castle showed a human face when the film was developed. It was identified as Mary Bonham Christie. She had bought the island in the 1920s, but when she grew too old to live in the castle her family forced her to move away. She died the day she was relocated.


Bruce Castle      Tottenham, Greater London, England
Ghost Haunting, Constantia, Lady Coleraine      03 November
Lady Coleraine is seen once a year, screaming as she jumps from a balcony to escape her possessive husband.


Bungay castle      Bungay, Suffolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Hugh Bigod      
After taking part in a failed rebellion against King Stephen, Bigod was forced to pay a large amount ofof gold in order to keep his castle. His ghost returns apparently to show his resentment, sometimes taking the form of a black dog.


Bungay castle      Bungay, Suffolk, England
Shuck, Old Shuck      
A shuck (a supernatural Black Dog) haunts this castle


Burgh Castle      Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Sounds of Battle      27 April
Once a year the sounds of clashing swords and screaming (in Latin and Anglo Saxon) can be heard near the castle.


Burgh Castle      Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Shuck, Old Scarfe      
This shuck (a demonic Black Dog) is known locally as Old Scarfe, named after the Rudolf Scarfe who lived near the castle in the thirteenth. Old Scarfe haunts the castle grounds, his single eye glowing red and yellow.


Burgh Castle      Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Figure      
During dark nights a ghostly figure plummets from the castle ramparts.


Burwell Castle      Burwel, Cambridgeshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Geoffrey de Mandeville      
Geoffrey de Mandeville was killed while trying to storm the castle with a gang of thieves and robbers. His dying words can sometimes be heard on the wind on the site of this ruined castle


Cadbury Castle      Cadbury , Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, King Arthur      20 June
Escorted by mounted knights carrying lances, King Arthur of the Britons takes this route back to Camelot (at Cadbury) on this day in June each year. Legend says a door opens every seven years in the hillside so that Arthur and his company can leave to feed their horses.


Cadbury Castle      Cadbury , Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Guards      
On certain nights of the year ghostly mounted guards ride about the castle with torches.


Caister Castle      Caister-On-Sea, Norfolk, England
Omen, Coach˙      
A horse drawn hearse driven by a headless horseman passes through the gates of the castle and circles the courtyard seven times to warn of the encroaching death of a family member.


Callaly Castle      Callaly, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Priest      
The castle is plagued by mysterious sounds, thought to be generated by a phantom priest.


Callaly Castle      Callaly, Northumberland, England
Legend, Warning Voice      
During the castle's construction on its original site, the stones kept collapsings. A disembodied voice announced that it should be built elsewhere, The voice was heeded and the castle building work went ahead without difficulty.


Carisbrooke Castle      Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Cloak      
The interior of the castle is haunted by the ghost of a woman in a long cloak, walking four small dogs on chain leashes.


Carisbrooke Castle      Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady walks her ghostly dog around the moat of this ruined castle. Her facecan be seen down the well


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
A woman in white was once challenged by a soldier on guard duty. She faded way in front of him, and he died of shock a few hours later. A body was found in 1835, bricked up in a castle wall which is thought to explain the ghost.


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Caretaker      
The ghost of the old caretaker sits in a chair near the old bell. (there is a picture of him in life sitting at Queen Mary?s Table in the keep). He will present himself to you as whatever you wish to see.


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Black Spectre       
A black shadowy ghost is seen wandering around in the inner keep of the castle


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Sentry      
A ghostly sentry sits inside the archway of the inner keep of the castle


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Yeoman      
The ghost of a yeoman walks up and down the path running in front of the cellblock towards the old Regimental Headquarters. He is often seen by people who realise only later that he was wearing the wrong uniform for the period.


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, King Stephen      
The ghost of King Stephen leans against the wall in the upper keep (next to the model of the City of Carlisle)


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Medieval Soldiers      
The ghost of two medieval soldiers appear on the top floor of the castle keep.


Carlisle Castle      Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectre      
A ghost haunts the half moon battery.


Carrickfergus Castle      Carrickfergus, County Antrim, England
Ghost Haunting, Buttoncap      
The ghost of a soldier haunts the area around an old well. He was executed after a case of mistaken identity. He is known as Buttoncap, after the large button worn on his headdress


Cawood Castle, grounds of      Cawood , Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Pregnant Woman      
William Barwick murdered his pregnant wife and hid her body in a nearby pond. The following day Easter Tuesday, 1690 a witness saw the ghost of Mrs Barwick pointing to the pond that concealed her corpse. He reported what he had seen to the authorities, and William was arrested soon afterwards. The ghost of his wife still haunts the castle.


Chiddingstone Castle      Chiddingstone , Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Ann      
This female ghost is rumoured to ride her horse along the lanes that lead to the castle. She is recognisable by her tricorn hat and black cloak.


Chilham Castle      Chilham, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Medieval Girl      
A room, now a bar, is haunted by an unknown girl who scares castle staff. According to tradition she had been bricked up alive by a Medieval owner of the caste.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Mary Berkeley      
Broken hearted after her husband ran off with her own sister, Lady Henrietta Berkeley (a great scandal during the reign of King Charles II), Mary slowly pined away in the castle. Her ghost sometimes brushes past tourists in the tower.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Blue Boy      
The 'Blue Boy' or the 'Radiant Boy' can be sighted in the Pink Room, part of the private apartments of the owners. This ghostly young boy is dressed in blue and surrounded by the light. He is dressed in the style from the period of King Charles II. During the 1920s, restoration work caused a wall to be opened and inside the bones of a young boy were found among with scraps of blue cloth. The bones were taken away and given a Christian burial in a nearby churchyard and apparently the Blue Boy stopped appearing after that although people still see unusual flashes of blue light in the room at night.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The Tankerville's family silver was always stored is an inner pantry at Chillingham. As it was valuable, a servant always slept there to guard it. After retiring to bed one evening, the servant was confronted by a very pale lady in white who asked him for a drink of water. Thinking she must be a guest of the castle, he turned to go get a drink for her. When he turned back, she had disappeared. He suddenly realised that as he was locked in the inner pantry, no one could possibly have entered.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Boy in Blue      
A ghostly blue boy walks the castle and disturbes the sleep of guests with his fearful cries.


Chipchase Castle      Haydon, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Reginald      
Sir Reginald starved to death within the castle prison and his ghost is seen haunting the grounds.


Clifford Tower      York, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Blood      
In 1190 Christians fomented a pogrom here in which 150 local Jews were killed in the castle keep. Many Jews committed suicide rather than surrender to Christian mobs tearing up the town. The ground of the tower is said to be stained red, even after being dug up and replaced.


Codnor Castle      Codnor , Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Soldier      
A stray soldier from Cromwell's army was seen in the ruins of this castle, appearing tired and in need of a shave.


Colchester Castle      Colchester, Essex, England
Ghost Haunting, James Parnell      
James Parnell, a Quaker, was forced to climb a rope each time he wished to eat. He fell to his death in May of 1656, and now haunts the dungeon. A man once stayed the night in the dungeons as a wager, only to emerge the next day a gibbering wreck.


Compton Castle      Marldon, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Figure      
Dressed in seventeenth century clothing, this ghostly figure haunts the castle tower.


Conisborough Castle      Conisborough, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Grey Monk      
Sightings of this spectral monk date back to the 1770s, when he was first seen drifting among the ruins


Conisborough Castle      Conisborough, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
The castle is haunted by a white woman, along with sounds of quiet voices and bumping.


Corby Castle      Corby, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Radiant Boy      
This luminous apparition appears often in the form of a beautiful looking boy clothed in white with shining golden hair. Tradition holds that whoever beholds the ghost of the 'Radiant Boy' will find great fame and fortune but will then suffer a violent death. The room in which this Radiant Boy generally appears is known as the 'ghost room'. Although the ghost has been seen by members of the Howard family on many occasions, it is sometimes seen by others and the most quoted description of a sighting is that of the Rev Henry Redburgh, rector of Greystoke: ?Soon after we went to bed, we fell asleep; it might be between one and two in the morning when I awoke. I observed that the fire was totally extinguished; but, although that was the case, and we had no light, I saw a glimmer in the centre of the room, which suddenly increased to a bright flame. I looked out, apprehending that something had caught fire, when, to my amazement, I beheld a beautiful boy, clothed in white, with bright locks resembling gold, standing by my bedside, in which position he remained some minutes, fixing his eyes upon me with a mild and benevolent expression. He then glided gently towards the side of the chimney, where it is obvious there is no possible egress, and entirely disappeared. I found myself again in total darkness, and all remained quiet until the usual hour of rising. I declare this to be a true account of what I saw at Corby Castle, upon my word as a clergyman.?


Corby Castle      Corby, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Radiant Boy      
Appearing early in the morning, this ghostly child has golden hair and glows like an angel. Some believe that those who see him are blessed with wealth and power but also cursed with a violent death.


Corfe Castle      Corfe, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Headless Woman      
The terrifying ghost of the headless woman walks the hill near the castle gateway. The same ghost might be responsible for the lights that flit across the ruins at night, or they could be caused by the ghosts of Royalists who occupied the castle in 1643. The sound of a galloping phantom horse can be heard at the bottom castle hill.


Corfe Castle      Corfe, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
At the time of English Civil War, the castle was defended by Lady Bankes until in February 1646 she was betrayed by one of her own men. When Cromwell's Parliamentary soldiers took control, they reduced the castle very quickly to the ruin that we see today. A few years later stories began to circulate of ghostly occurrences. The best-known spectral appearance is that of the headless 'White Lady' who sends shivers down the spine of anyone who chances upon her. She then fades away.


Corfe Castle      Corfe, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Headless Woman      
The ghost of a headless woman is sometimes seen next to the walls of the castle.


Corfe Castle      Corfe, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
A headless gray lady wanders the castle's grounds, her sad moans echoing against the castle walls.


Coupland Castle      Millfield, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman Suicide      
Taking the form of white mist, this ghost wakes everyone in the castle with her unearthly screams and running footsteps. It is believed to be the ghost of a woman who killed herself by jumping from the castle battlements.


Croft Castle      Leominster, Herefordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Tall Man      
This spectral figure, at least seven feet in height, can be seen in the castle before slowly fading away


Cullaby Castle      Cullaby, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Priest      
A priest was one walled up in the castle walls. Since the the wall was knocked his ghost has been free to haunt the castle.


Dacre Castle       Dacre, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Eloise and her Tutor      
In the 15th century, Sir Guy Dacre, a young heir to the Castle fell in love with Eloise, the daughter of a French nobleman. She rebuffed his advances so he enlisted the help of his Italian tutor to help him win her. The tutor began an affair with Eloise while he was away fighting in Scotland. When he returned and she agreed to marry him, he was still unaware of this affair. Sir Guy once again left to fight in Scotland, and entrusted the castle to his loyal friend Lyulph who soon learned of the deception. The lovers left the castle and moved to York and Lyulph told Sir Guy the full story. Sir Guy set off in pursuit and brought Eloise back to his castle where he locked her in a dungeon. She turned to see her lover chained to the wall. When she tried to kiss him, his head rolled from his shoulders to the ground. Sir Guy's loyal friend had captured him and executed him. Eloise was kept captive in the cell and eventually went mad. She was kept there until she died beside the rotting corpse of her lover. The ghost of Eloise and her tutor haunt Dacre Castle to this day.


Dacre Castle       Dacre, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Three Kings      
The site of Dacre Castle was the meeting place of three kings in ancient times. They met to arrange a peace treaty with the Vikings. Their regretful ghosts make an appearance at the castle to this day.


Dacre Castle      Dacre, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Dacre      
Lady Dacre was walled up alive in the castle with her dead lover after her husband discovered their illicit affair. Her phantom sobs and screams can still be heard at the castle


Dagworth Castle      Dagworth, Suffolk, England
Fairies, Malekin      
Malekin a fairy child, possibly a fairy's changeling, frequented the castle. It could be heard crying out 'Play again, play again!', but was never seen until it befriended a servant girl. Malekin appeared once to the girl, who tried to touch her, at which Malekin disppeared and has not been seen or heard since


Dobb Park Castle      Weston, Yorkshire, England
Legend, Cerberus      
This three headed hound stands guard over a hoard of treasure hidden somewhere under the castle


Castle Dore      Pridmouth, Cornwall, England
Legend, Holy Grail      
According to Arthurian legend the Grail was once housed at this hillfort.


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Half-Man       
In the King's bedroom, the lower half of a man walks through the doorway.


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Headless Drummer Boy      
The ghost of a headless drummer boy in Napoleonic era costume, haunts the castle


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Women in Red      
The ghost of a woman in a red dress haunts the west stairway of the castlekeep. The sounds of a creaking door (where a door used to be) can also be heard.


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Two Figures      
Two ghostly figures, a lady in red and figure in blue haunt the castle.


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, WWII Soldiers      
Tunnels under the castle are haunted by World War 2 soldiers.


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Legend, Sir Gawain      
The Arthurian hero Sir Gawain is buried here according to tradition


Dudley Castle      Dudley, West Midlands, England
Ghost Haunting, Couple      
A phantom couple walk arm in arm through the gatehouse of the castle ruins


Dudley Castle      Dudley, West Midlands, England
Ghost Haunting, Dorothy Beaumont      
The ghost of Dorothy Beaumont appears as a grey lady at the castle, and has been suspected of pushing a man down the keep's spiral staircase in 1998


Dudley Castle      Dudley, West Midlands, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Jane Grey      
A ghostly Lady Jane Grey haunts the castle


Dudley Castle      Dudley, West Midlands, England
Ghost Haunting, Sword fight      
The clash of spectral swords is heard at the castle


Dunstanburgh Castle      Embleton, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Guy      
Sir Guy sought shelter at Dunstanburgh castle only to be confronted by a hideous creature dressed in white, inviting him to follow the creature to be rewarded by a 'beauty bright'. Sir Guy followed the figure up a winding staircase and into a room containing hundreds sleeping knights with their horses. In the centre of the room was a sparkling casket in which a beautiful maiden lay sleeping. On each side of the maiden were serpents, one holding a sword the other a horn. Sir Guy was told that he could wake the Lady but he must choose either the sword or the horn as only one of them could awaken her. Sir Guy chose the horn and blew it but this only woke the sleeping knights who attacked him. He fainted and awoke near the ruins of the Gate House baffled as to what had happened. He determined to find the sleeping maiden again and he spent the rest of his life searching the castle for the room in which she had lain. He died a broken man. His ghost wanders the castle still seeking the 'beauty bright and can not be laid to rest until he finds her again.


Dunstanburgh Castle      Embleton, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Thomas Earl of Lancaster      
The castle was built by Thomas Earl of Lancaster, nephew to King Edward II. He lead a rebellion against the king. Thomas was captured and tried for treason at Pontefract Castle in 1322. He was executed on the hill north of St John's Priory. The executioner was experienced and that it took him 11 blows to sever Thomas's head with the axe. The earl's ghost now haunts the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle carrying his mutilated head.


Dunster Castle      Dunster, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Richard      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a royalist soldier called Richard who met his death in the castle grounds from a puncture wound above his right eye. The most haunted room in the castle is the 'Leather Gallery' so-called because of the leather hangings there depicting the story of Antony and Cleopatra. Men's voices are heard at night, along with doors banging and footsteps.


Dunster Castle      Dunster, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Man in Green      
The castle stable block (now a shop) is haunted by a man dressed in green. Items in the shop mysteriously tumble and items are spoiled by a strange sticky brown substance.˙


Durham Castle      Durham, County Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Bishop's wife      
The wife of one of the former Prince Bishops of Durham fell down the black staircase in the castle and broke her neck. Her ghost haunts the staircase.


Featherstone Castle      Featherstone, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Wedding Party      17th January
Abigail Featherstonehaugh who lived in the late 17th century. She was in love with a boy from the local Ridley family but was due to marry the son of a neighbouring Baron at the behest of her father Lord Featherstonehaugh. The entire wedding party left for a hunt following the wedding, with the exception of Baron Featherstonehaugh who was overseeing the banqueting arrangements. As the bridal party was riding through the estate, it was ambushed, presumably by the spurned lover from the Ridley family. All the wedding party were killed in the affray. As midnight passed, the Baron, sitting alone, heard the sound of horses hooves arriving outside the castle and the door opened. The ghosts of Abigail and the rest of the wedding party entered making no sound and passing straight through solid objects. The ghostly wedding party is seen again each year on the 17th of January on the anniversary of the tragedy.


Featherstone Castle      Featherstone, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Reginald FitzUrse      
Sir Reginald FitzUrse haunts a tower where he was held prisoner and where he starved to death


Featherstone Castle      Featherstone, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
A female ghost in a green and brown dress haunts the castle, gliding along the corridors.


Fillingham Castle      Fillingham, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
A woman committed suicide after her lover ran away. Her ghost, the "Green Lady", now haunts the castle.


Fillingham Castle      Fillingham, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Pale Rider      
The ghost of a tall man riding a white horse can be seen passing through the castle park.


Gilling Castle      Gilling, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Young Girl      
A young girl was murdered at the castle by a nurse by being submerged in scolding water. Her horrific ghost ghost still haunts the castle.


Goodrich Castle      Goodrich, Herefordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Drowning Lovers      
A young officer and his lover drowned in the River Wye along with their horses while escaping from Cromwellian soldiers. Their ghosts, mounted on horseback, are seen struggling in the river, not far from the castle. They also stand in the ruins of the castle.


Greystoke Castle      Penrith, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Guest      
A guest here once vanished without trace or explanation, leaving all his clothing and belongings. The ghost of this man has been reported several times, reappearing in the same room.˙


Greystoke Castle      Penrith, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Rapping Monk      
A monk was bricked up alive in the castle cellars. Since then ghostly rapping on the walls has been heard there.


Guildford Castle      Guildford, Surrey, England
Ghost Haunting, Victorian Woman      
Walking around the grounds of the castle, the ghost of this Victorian woman seems not to realise that she is dead


Hadleigh Castle      Canvey Island , Essex, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
A ghost in the form of a white lady offers to dance with anyone she comes upon during her walks around the castle. In 1917 she was seen by a group of men out partying. When one of them chased her with a stick, she disappeared.


Hadleigh Castle      Canvey Island , Essex, England
Ghost Haunting, Man in Black      
The ghost of a man in black haunts the castle and offers to buy souls in return for a song.


Hastings Castle      Hastings, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Hastings Castle      
A spectral image of Hastings Castle is seen floating above the sea, flags flying and in the condition it would have been in centuries ago.


Hastings Castle      Hastings, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Thomas Becket      
The ghost of Thomas Becket, dean of the church college, still walks the area around the castle.


Hastings Castle      Hastings, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Prisoners      
The spectral sounds of prisoners rattling their chains and calling out for food are heard coming from the castle cellars


Hastings Castle      Hastings, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Nun      
The ghost of a nun haunts the castle.


Hastings Castle      Hastings, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Organ Music      
The upper floors of the castle are haunted by phantom organ music


Haughton Castle      Haughton, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Archie Armstrong      
Locked away in the castle prison or oubliette Archie Armstrong was forgotten about. Before he starved to death he tried to eat his own arms. His ghost now haunts that area of the castle prison.


Helmsley Castle      Helmsley, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
Her green dress rustling, this ghost appears at the castle and in the surrounding area.


Herstmonceux Castle      Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Drummer      
A phantom drummer, emits a blue spark on every beat. He is thought to be the ghost a drummer from the battle of Agincourt.˙


Herstmonceux Castle      Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Young Woman      
The ghost of a twenty year old woman haunts the castle moat, is seen either swimming or standing beside the water. According to locals she drowned there on the eve of her twenty first birthday.


Herstmonceux Castle       Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady is seen in the castle, possibly the ghost of Grace Naylor who was starved to death at the castle in 1727.


Herstmonceux Castle       Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman on Donkey      
The ghost of a lady riding a white donkey is seen in the castle grounds


Herstmonceux Castle       Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The ghost of a white Lady is seen in the castle


Hever Castle      Edenbridge, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Anne Boleyn      
Hever Castle is haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn, executed by her husband King Henry VIII. There have been many sightings of her ghost gliding around the castle, through the gardens and across the wooden bridge.


Holt Castle      Holt, Worcestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Black      
A Black Lady haunts the upper part of the castle. Workers in the castle are too scared to visit the attic.


Holt Castle      Holt, Worcestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Raven      
The castle cellars are haunted by a raven that attacks any form of light taken down there.


Hopton Castle      Hopton, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, 28 Parliamentarian soldiers      14 March
During the Civil War Hopton Castle was one of the few castles to be held for the Parliament in the west. Sir Michael Woodhouse, with a force of about 500, laid siege to the castle which was defended by 29 Roundheads under the command of John Moore. Moore eventually agreed terms and surrendered after three weeks. The Cavaliers reneged on the agreement, and all the defenders except Moore were massacred and thrown into the moat. The ghosts of all twenty eight Parliamentarians return to haunt the castle each year.


Hopton Castle      Hopton, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Maid      11 November
The ghost of a maid haunts the castle


Castle How      Cockermouth, Cumbria, England
Fairies, Fairies      
Children digging in the area unearthed a small fairy house - it later vanished, along with their digging equipment, though two small figures were observed in the area for days afterwards.


Hurst Castle      Lymington, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Monk      
The ghosts of a monk and a small black dog haunt the grounds of the castle.


Hurst Castle      Lymington, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Monk      
A phantom monk is seen in the castle ground


Hylton (or Hilton) Castle      Sunderland, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Murdered Groom      
Spectral disturbances are attributed to the ghost of a groom who was murdered at the castle by his master.


Hylton (or Hilton) Castle      Sunderland, Durham, England
Fairies, Brownie      
A little brownie caused havoc in the kitchen at night. The servants, knowing their folklore, distracted the brownie by creating a distraction until the sun came up. The light of dawn caused the brownie to disappear for ever.


Kenilworth castle      Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Man in Black      
A man dressed in black who was killed in a sword fight at the castle gatehouse. It is now haunted by his ghost.


Kenilworth castle      Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Little Boy      
A phantom boy is reported in the castle stables, along with ghostly horses and chickens


Kenilworth castle      Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Old Woman      
The castle gatehouse is haunted by an old woman who breaks the same candle over and over again


Kenilworth castle      Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lost Girl      
The castle gatehouse is haunted by the ghost of a little girl who asks for her father


Kimbolton Castle      Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Catherine of Aragon      
The first wife of Henry VIII was imprisoned here for the last two years of her life. Legend says Catherine of Aragon's ghost walks the gallery, after dying in one of the castle rooms in 1536.


Kimbolton Castle      Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Child      
A young child was thrown from the castle battlements. Her ghost now haunts the castle walls.


Knaresborough Castle      Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Two Spectres      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of large person standing above the ghost of another person lying on the ground, with his right arm raised as if to strike the figure lying on the ground.


Knepp Castle      West Grinstead, Sussex, England
Legend, White Doe      
A ghostly white doe seen at the castle is said to be a maiden, turned into a doe by a witch in the 1400's.


Lambton Castle      Fatfield, Durham, England
Legend, The Lambton worm      
The Lambton worm, (a dragon), took up residence on Worm Hill and terrorised the local area. On returning from the crusades, a young member of the Lambton family fought the creature and defeated it by wearing spiked armour that impaled the dragon as it wrapped itself around him.


Leap Castle      Birr , County Offaly, England
Ghost Haunting, Floating Candles      
Strange spectral lights float around within the castle


Leasowe Castle (also known as Mockbeggar Hall)      Bebington, Lancashire, England
Ghost Haunting, Father and Son      
Many years ago, this father and son were captured by the castle's owner. Rather than face the consequences, the father killed his son and then killed himself. Their ghosts have since come back and may be seen standing over people's beds.


Leeds Castle      Maidstone, Kent, England
Omen, Shuck      
A Shuck (a Black Dog) appears as an omen of death, but this shuck once saved the life of a woman. She was sitting in a bay window when she saw it, and jumped away. Within seconds the wall with the window collapsed into the moat.


Leeds Castle      Maidstone, Kent, England
Omen, Shuck      
Prior to a death or grave misfortune the shuck (a black dog) apprears. This shuck is an ill omen only for those live at the castle.


Lincoln Castle      Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Clark's Dog      
Executions took place at Lincoln Castle after it became a prison. A malnourished hound, once owned by Clark a criminal who was hanged at the castle, spent the rest of its life waiting for its dead master and is now occasionally spotted around the castle walls.


Lincoln Castle      Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied Noises      
The spectral sounds of doors slamming and keys jangling in the castle are frequently heard.


Lincoln Castle      Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
This pale phantom is thought to be the ghost of a Victorian prisoner who died during her stay in the castle-prison.


Lindisfarne Castle      Lindisfarne (aka Holy Island), Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, St Cuthbert      
The ghost of St Cuthbert is seen sitting in the ruin, on the beach of Holy Island, dressed in a brown monk's habit.


Lindisfarne Castle      Lindisfarne (aka Holy Island), Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, White Dog      
A large white hound jumps from the castle runs at people, then slinks back to the castle.


Lowther Castle      Lowther, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Wicked Jimmy      
The castle is said to be haunted by a previous owner, Sir James Lowther, or 'Wicked Jimmy'. Sir James inherited the estate in 1784 and entered into an arranged marriage. Unhappy with his bride he fell in love with the beautiful daughter of one of his tenant farmers who became his mistress. They were happy for a while but then the girl fell ill and died. Sir James was desolate. He became unhinged and would not allow his servants to say that she was dead. He left her body lying in bed as if sleeping. He would dress her himself and seat her at the dining table. When the stench of rotting flesh became too much, he had her moved to a nearby hall and had her placed in a glass lidded coffin so that he could visit her. Eventually he had her buried at Paddington Cemetery in London. Sir James returned to Lowther where he fell into a deep depression. It is said that his coffin swayed over the open grave at his funeral, a knocking noise coming from inside. Sir James' ghost appears when the moon is full on the anniversary of his burial. He takes the form of 'Wicked Jimmy' seated on a carriage riding maniacally through the parkland, whipping the ungroomed horses into a frenzy.


Ludlow Castle      Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Marion de Bruer      
Walter de Lacy was in conflict with Joce de Dinan. Walter and one of his knights, Sir Arthur, were captured and held as prisoners at Ludlow Castle. Sir Arthur fell in love with the beautiful young Marion de Bruer, one of the ladies of the Castle. She arranged for Arthur and Walter to escape from their imprisonment at the castle. Arthur returned to the Castle to see his lover Marion and whilethey met secretly in her chamber, soldiers of Walter de Lacy followed him into the Castle and slaughtered the entire garrison. Marion was distraught. She killed her treacherous lover with his own sword, then threw herself out of a window, and suffered a broken neck. Her ghost reenacts this tragedy, to the sound of her dying treatcherous lover dying.


Lulworth Castle (now ruins)      Lulworth, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Glowing Room      
A room in the castle is sometimes illuminated by an eerie radiance at night. It glowed so brightly that the room was once knocked down and rebuilt, but the new room radiated the same mysterious light again.


Lumley Castle      Chester Le Street , Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Lily ofLumley      
Lady Lumly, the 'Lily Of Lumley', as the lady is also known, was killed by monks after refusing to agree with their religious beliefs. When Sir Ralph discovered what had happened to his wife he had the monks executed. Ghostly monks are sometimes seen walking in file around the area of the castle, while the ghost Lady Lumley walks within the castle's corridors and grounds.


Lydford Castle      Lydford, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Judge Jeffereys      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of Judge Jeffereys in the form of a big black pig.


Lydford Castle      Lydford, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Howard      
The ghost of Lady Howard haunts the castle.


Lympne Castle      Lympne, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Saxon Warriors      
Six Saxon warriors were murdered at the castle by Normans. Their six ghosts now haunt the castle.


Maxstone Castle      Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Ghost Haunting, Mary Littleton      
Mary was pushed down a castle staircase here after a furious argument with her husband. Now her ghost haunts the castle.


Middleham Castle      Middleham, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Knights      
The spectral sounds of battle come from outside the castle are heard, and a knight on horseback charges at those who hear them, only to fade away before making contact


Middleham Castle      Middleham, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Music      
Muffled sixteenth century music can be heard inside the castle.


Middleham Castle      Middleham, Yorkshire, England
Legend, Buried Treasure      
Treasure is believed to be buried in the grounds of the castle.


Mitford Castle      Morpeth, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Warrior      
A spectral warrior haunts the castle, waving a sword in one hand. In the other hand he holds a bloody screaming head


Moreton Corbet Castle      Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Paul Homeyard      
This Tudor ruin is both haunted and cursed. Construction began on the house 1606 by Sir Robert Corbet but he died of the plague before work on the building had gone very far. Sir Vincent Corbett, his successor continued the work. At this time, King James I was persecuting the puritans. One such puritan was a local man called Paul Homeyard. Sir Vincent gave him refuge. As the puritan's ideals became more fanatical, Sir Vincent told him to leave. Homeyard fled into the surrounding countryside where he hid in caves eating wild berries and hunting wild animals to survive. Eventually made his way to Morton Corbet where, on meeting Sir Vincent, he cursed the family as follows: "Woe unto thee, hard hearted man, the lord has hardened thy heart as he hardened the heart of the Pharaoh, to thine own destruction. Rejoice not in thy riches, not in monuments of thy pride, for neither thou, nor thy children, nor thy children's children shall inhabit these halls. They shall be given up to desolation; snakes, vipers and unclean beasts shall make it their refuge, and thy home shall be full of doleful creatures...". The mansion was never completed and Sir Vincent and his son, Andrew, never lived there. On moonlit nights, the bedraggled ghost of the puritan can be seen wandering through the desolate halls of Morton Corbet Castle.


Moreton Corbet Castle      Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Two men      
The castle is haunted by an aging man and a younger gentleman


Moreton Corbet Castle      Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Curse, Nieghbour's Curse      
During its construction in the Fifteenth century, the owner of the castle was cursed by a neighbour, and the castle was never finished.˙


Mulgrave Castle      Lythe, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Giant      
This castle was built by Wade, a giant, born at the end of the eighth century. He is also held responsible for two large 'graves', marked by standing stones.


Muncaster Castle      Muncaster, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Henry VI      
After the battle of Towton in 1461 Henry VI fled to Muncaster Castle where Sir John Pennington sheltered him. Henry gave Sir John a glass drinking bowl with a prayer that they might prosper for as long as the glass remained unbroken. The glass is known as 'The Luck of Muncaster' and remains unbroken to this day. Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London on the night of 21/22 May 1471. His ghost appears in the chamber at Muncaster castle that he occupied in life, possibly wanting to return to a place where he felt happy in the company of loyal subjects.


Muncaster Castle      Muncaster, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Headless Carpenter      
Murdered by a jester on the orders of the then owner Sir Ferdinard Pennington, a carpenter (who made the mistake of falling in love with Sir Ferdinard's daughter) was beheaded in the garden. The ghost of carpenter now haunts the castle. The ghost of the jester also haunts the castle, holding a severed head.


Naworth Castle      Nawort, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
Falling in love and becoming pregnant by the lord of the castle, a local girl committed suicide after being shunned by him. Her mother cursed the lord resulting in his death, and that of his heir, but the ghost of the pregnant girl still haunts the castle.


Neville Castle      Kirkbymoorside, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Troops      
The sound of Scottish troops can be heard engaging the English troops near the castle.


Norwich Castle      Norwich, Norfolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Old Lady      
The ghost of an old lady floats around the castle grounds


Norwich Castle      Norwich, Norfolk, England
Legend, King's Treasure      
According to legend the hill on which the castle stands conceals the grave of an old king, together with his hoard of silver and gold.


Nottingham Castle      Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Roger Mortimer      
Heard pacing Mortimer's former cell in the castle, his ghost appears not to be aware that he was executed in 1330 on the orders of Edward II.


Nottingham Castle      Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Queen Isabella      
Queen Isabella (She-wolf of France) can be heard howling, as she did when they dragged her lover Roger Mortimer off to his execution


Nottingham Castle      Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Child      
A phantom child haunts the castle


Nottingham Castle      Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Omen, Countess of Nottingham      
The gallery is haunted by the hhost of the Countess of Nottingham. She appears to people who will die within a year.


Okehampton Castle      Okehampton, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Howard      
The ghost of Lady Howard rides in a carriage constructed of the bones of four of her husbands that she murdered. It is driven between Okehampton Park and her old home in Tavistock by a ghostly headless coachman accompanied by a skeletal dog. According to legend each night Lady Howard has to convey a single blade of grass from the castle grounds and return it to Tavistock, as punishment for her many sins. Once every blade of grass has been transported, the world will come to an end. My ladye hath a sable coach, And horses two and four; My ladye hath a black blood-hound That runneth on before. My ladye's coach hath nodding plumes, The driver hath no head; My ladye is an ashen white, As one that long is dead. "Now pray step in," my ladye saith, "Now pray step in and ride." I thank thee, I had rather walk Than gather by thy side. The wheels go round without a sound Or tramp or turn of wheels; As cloud at night, in pale moonlight, Along the carriage steals. I'd rather walk a hundred miles And run by night and day Than have the carriage halt for me And hear the ladye say: "Now pray step in, and make no din, Step in with me and ride; There's room I trow, by me for you, And all the world beside."


Okehampton Castle      Okehampton, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Animals      
A ghostly black dog and a ghostly falcon are seen about the castle ruins


Okehampton Castle      Okehampton, Devon, England
Shuck, Lady Howard      
This large black dog is reportedly the ghost of Lady Howard, who walks from here to Tavistock.


Old Wardour Castle      Wardour, Wiltshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Blanche Arundell      
On 2 May 1643, during the absence of her husband Lady Blanche Arundell defended Wardour Castle for nine days with only herself, her children, a few maid-servants, and twenty-five men against the Parliamentary forces of thirteen hundred men and artillery commanded by two Parliamentary officers, Sir Edward Hungerford and Colonel Edmund Ludlow. She was forced to surrender on honourable terms. but the terms were not honoured, with the castle being sacked, and she was removed as a prisoner to Dorchester. Lady Blanche still dressed for battle can be seen just as the sun sinks beneath the horizon.


Old Wardour Castle      Wardour, Wiltshire, England
Omen, White Owls      
The Arundell family are haunted by ghostly white owls, which appear prior to a death in the family.


Pendragon Castle      Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Hugh de Morville      
Sir Hugh de Morvillefor was one of the knights responsible for murdering Thomas Becket. His ghost still haunts the castle.


Pendragon Castle      Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Pendragon      
Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur, resided here until he and a hundred of his men were poisoned by the Saxon invaders. Some believe Pendragon's ghost still remains here.


Pendragon Castle      Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
Phantom, Black Hen      
A hoard of treasure hidden here is protected by a phantom black hen that replaces the soil of any hole dug as quickly as it is removed


Pengersick Castle      Germoe, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Knight      
A phantom knight has also been reported, sporting a white tabard with a red cross.


Pengersick Castle      Germoe, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Master Millington      
Master Millington tried to poison his wife, but ended up killing himself - for his mistake, he is doomed to spend the rest of time here


Pengersick Castle      Germoe, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Poisoned Man      
The castle is haunted by a man who attempted to poison his wife, but died because she poisoned him first.


Penyard Castle      Weston Penyard, Herefordshire, England
Legend, Hideous Bird      
A cave hidden under the castle contains a vast collection of gold and lewels. This treasure is protected by a large bird which never sleeps, and which attacks anyone who comes close to discovering the cave.


Pevensey Castle      Pevensey, East Sussex˙, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Joan Pelham      
In 1399 the castle was besieged by an army in support of Richard II. During the siege the constable of the castle, Sir John Pelham, was away fighting with Henry Bolingbroke. Defense of the castle was left to Sir John's wife, Lady Joan Pelham. She wrote to her husband and begged for his return. He returned to end the siege and rescue both his wife and Pevensey Castle. The ghost of Lady Joan, a pale Lady, still haunts the castle's outer walls searching for her husband coming to her rescue.


Pevensey Castle      Pevensey, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Pelham      
Walking along the tops of the walls of the castle ruins, this ghost is believed to be of Lady Pelham who was besieged here by Richard II. Sometimes a small army is seen at the castle gate.


Pevensey Castle      Pevensey, East Sussex˙, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Army      
Below the castle walls a ghostly army can be seen and heard.


Peveril Castle      Castleton, Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied Noises      
Banging and clanking has been reported in the castle after dark, with searches revealing no apparent source.


Peveril Castle      Castleton, Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Knight in White      
The ghost of a knight has been observed standing by the keep, while his riderless horse trots around nearby.


Peveril Castle      Castleton, Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Old Lady      
The ghost of an old lady and a phantom horse have been reported in the area.


Peveril Castle      Castleton, Derbyshire, England
Shuck, Black Dog      
A shuck (a black dog) haunts the area near the castle, while a phantasmic knight stands motionless on the ramparts.


Pickering Castle      Pickering, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Grey Monk      
Clad in grey robes, this spectre drifts across the lawn outside the front of the castle. It has a bloody face and carries an unidentified object under his arm


Pontefract Castle      Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Tall Man      
Holding a large axe, this spectral figure walks the ruins of the castle


Pontefract Castle      Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Black Monk      
The ghost of a Black Monk walks from the castle kitchen towards the Queen's Tower in the late afternoon.


Pontefract Castle      Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Grey      
A ghostly woman in grey holds a lantern near the castle gates.


Pontefract Castle      Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Monks      
Phantom monks haunt the castle


Pontefract Castle      Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Grey Monk      
The ghost of a grey monk haunts the castle


Pontefract Castle      Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Two Children      
Two ghostly children play near the dungeon of the castle


Portchester Castle      Portchester, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Charlotte      
The pale ghostly figure is thought to be the ghost of a woman called Charlotte


Portchester Castle      Portchester, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Rider      
A ghostly lady is seen riding a ghostly white horse


Portchester Castle      Portchester, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Monk      
a ghostly monk walks outside the front of the castle


Portland Castle      Portland, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Civil War Soldiers      
This castle was used as a hospital to treat casualties of the Civil War. The smell of burning flesh is sometimes reported, and people hear the sound of an invisible person humming an old song.


Powderham Castle      Powderham, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Black Cat      
An˙'evil' black cat materialises in a bedroom


Prudhoe Castle      Prudhoe, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Bearded Knight      
The ghost of a knight with a large beard haunts the castle


Prudhoe Castle      Prudhoe, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady haunts the castle.


Raby Castle      Raby, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Charles Neville      
The famous 'Rising of the North' was formulated by the Nevilles at Raby in 1569 AD, in conjunction with the powerful Percy family of Northumberland. This was an attempt to get rid of Elizabeth I and replace her by her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots. At first Charles Neville, sixth Earl of Westmorland was unsure about the plan. His wife stormed into the hall and called them cowards. Inflamed by her words, they agreed to go ahead. After the rising failed, Raby Castle was confiscated by the Crown. To this day the ghostly spectre of Charles Neville appears in the Barons Hall.


Raby Castle      Raby, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Vanishing Ghost      
An unidentified ghost can be seen entering the castle, vanishing as it reaches the gate


Raby Castle      Raby, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Charles Neville      
The ghost of Charles Neville, the Sixth Earl of Westmorland, drifts up the staircase on its way to the Baron's Hall.


Raby Castle      Raby, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Barnard      
A figure resembling Lady Barnard is seen in the castle corridors at night.


Raby Castle      Raby, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Henry Vane      
Henry Vane's head and shoulders are seen in the castle library.


Riber Castle      Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
The lady in blue wanders throughout the castle, apparently oblivious to the soldier ghost which also haunts the site.


Richmond Castle      Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, King Arthur      
Under the keep of the castle, deep underground, is a secret room where King Arthur sleeps until Britain needs him. A young drummer sent down a tunnel to find theroomt vanished without trace, though his phantom drumming can still be heard.


Ripley Castle      Ripley, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Nun      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a nun who walks around at night, knocking on bedroom doors, but entering only if invited to


Ripley Castle      Ripley, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Bottom Half of a Lady      
This demi-ghost walks out of the Tower Room through two doors, whether they are open or not


Ripley Castle      Ripley, Yorkshire, England
Poltergeist, Poltergeist      
The Tower Room experienced poltergeist activity when the chimney was unblocked in the middle of the twentieth century. Pictures were turned around and the furniture positions altered.


Castle Rising      King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Isabel of France      
The upstairs rooms of the castle are haunted by Isabel of France, a former resident. She was responsible for the murder of her husband Edward II in 1327 at Berkeley Castle. In her later years she suffered dementia and spent her time in the upper floors of the castle. This might explain the spectral sounds of a mad woman coming from the castle in the middle of the night


Rochester Castle      Rochester, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Blanche de Warenne      Good Friday
In 1264 the Norman Castle at Rochester was under attack by the Earl of Leicester, Simon de Montford. The Castle was defended by a Crusader called Ralph de Capo who was the intended husband of Lady Blanche. In the attacking force was Sir Gilbert Clare, a rejected suitor of Lady Blanche. On the evening of Good Friday the battle swayed in favour of the defenders of the Castle and the Earl of Leicester retreated. Ralph de Capo left the Castle with some of his men and gave chase. Gilbert de Clare circled around and entered the Castle dressed in a suit of armour resembling that worn by de Capo. His intention was to confront the Lady Blanche. He caught up with her on the battlements by 'the round tower' on the South East corner of the Castle. Lady Blanche struggled to push de Clare away. Her plight was spotted by de Capo, an excellent bowman.. To save his intended, he fired an arrow which hit de Clare but glanced off his armour and went through the heart of Lady Blanche, killing her. Her ghost, dressed in a white robe and still with the arrow through her heart still walks the battlements near the round tower on the anniversary of the event.


Rochester Castle      Rochester, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Charles Dickens      24 December
Charles Dickens' ghost haunts the moat


Castle Rushen      Castletown, Isle of Man , England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Black      
A local woman was once executed for murdering her own child in the Eagle Tower at the castle. It is said to be her ghost that haunts the castle, wearing a distinctive headdress and bloody hands.


Castle Rushen      Castletown, Isle of Man , England
Legend, Sleeping Knight      
Under the castle, a knight sleeps with a huge sword by his side.


Ryde Castle Hotel      Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Poltergeist, Joker Poltergeist      
The poltergeist at this castle has a sense of humour, and plays pranks rather that causing random havok.


Saint Briavel's castle      Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Knight in Armour      
A knight in armour appears in the grounds and along corridors of this former castle (now a hostel). The same knight might be responsible for the disembodied sound of footsteps along the Castle walkways.


Saint Briavel's castle      Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Crying Child      
The spectral cries of a young child are heard in the King's Hall at the castle, near to where the bones of a baby were found walled up


Saint Briavel's castle      Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
A ghost woman in white appears on the castle staircase.


Sandal Castle      Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Terrier      
A small, yapping phantom dog scares animals many times larger than itself. When touched the phantom terrier fades away.


Scarborough Castle      Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Piers Gaveston      
Beheaded in 1312, Piers spent his last free days in this castle. His ghost now returns, walking the paths. One version of the story has him trying to lure visitors to the cliff edge before pushing them off.


Scotney Castle      Scotney, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Revenue Man      
Said to have been killed by Arthur Darrell (a previous owner of the castle), this revenue man now climbs out of the castle moat, dripping wet, and stalks the castle looking for revenge.


Scotney Castle      Lamberhurst, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Revenue Man      
A tax collector, murdered by drowning, is said to walk the halls, dripping spectral water as he goes.


Scotney Castle      Scotney, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Arthur Darrell      
Arthur Darrell's body was buried near the castle. According to legend his ghost turned up to his own funeral, saying 'That isn't me!' before vanishing.


Seaton Delaval Castle      Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman with Child      
The Lady of the castle watched from the chapel, waiting for her husband to return from battle. He never did so her ghost still keeps watch from the window in the hope that one day he will come home.


Sewingshield Castle ruins      Sewingshield, Northumberland, England
Legend, Sleeping Knights      
Legend says the site of King Arthur's hall. A local farmer once claimed to have discovered the location deep underground, a cavern full of sleeping knights, dogs and two royal looking figures.


Sheffield Hutton Castle      Sheffield Hutton, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Nancy      
Nancy was servant at the castle. Her ghost now walks around the area wearing a black cloak with the hood pulled up.


Sherborne Castle      Sherborne, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Walter Raleigh      28 September
Sir Walter Raleigh appears here once a year on St Michael's Eve, near to a tree that is named after him.˙


Sherborne Castle      Sherborne, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Horses and child       
Ghostly horses and a ghostly child both haunt the castle


Sissinghurst Castle      Sissinghurst, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Monk      
The garden area is said to be home for a peaceful monk, killed by Sir John Baker who built the castle. His footsteps have been heard walking alongside visitors to the gardens.


Sizergh Castle      Kendal, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Catherine Parr      
Catherine Parr is said to haunt the Queen's Room.


Sizergh Castle      Kendal, Cumbria, England
Poltergeist, Moving Floorboards      
One room here had its floorboards removed and scattered by unseen hands on several consecutive nights


Sizergh Castle      Kendal, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied Noises      
Sobs of a phantom woman have also been heard


Skipsea Castle      Skipsea, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Drogo's Wife      
Drogo, a Baron from the eleventh century, poisoned his wife and fled abroad. Her ghost can be seen walking from the castle (or what remains of it) to a brook, disappearing before reaching the bridge.


Snape Castle      Masham, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Catherine Parr      
This ghost dressed in blue is believed to be Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. The queen (who died in her bed of old age) is said to radiate a sense of calm.


Spofforth Castle      Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Blue Figure      
Only the top half of this spectral figure is seen at the top of a ruined castle tower, before falling to the ground below.


Sudeley Castle      Sudeley, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Victorian housemaid      
In August & September a ghostly housemaid is seen cleaning and dusting, and dressed in Victorianperiod working garb.


Sudeley Castle      Sudeley, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Falconer      
The ghost of a man is seen in the castle grounds with a hawk perched on his arm.


Sudeley Castle      Sudeley, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Green      
A woman in a green dress is seen from time to time.


Tamworth Castle      Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Black      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of St Editha, known as the black lady of Tamworth. St Editha founded a nearby convent at Polesworth in the 9th century. The nuns were expelled from their Convent by Robert de Marmion in the Twelfth century. The nuns in their prayers called Editha from beyond the grave. One night in 1139 AD after a banquet, Marmion was attacked by Editha's ghost, which warned him that unless the nuns were restored their convent, the Baron would meet an untimely death. Before she vanished the spectre hit Lord Marmion on his side with her crosier. Marmion's cries awoke the whole Castle. His pain only ceased when the nuns returned to Polesworth. St Editha has a room named after her in the castle. The middle room of the Norman tower is known as the ghost room.


Tamworth Castle      Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, White Lady       
The White Lady was captured and locked in the Tower by Sir Tarquin. After a while she fell in love with him but Sir Lancelot du Lac, came to rescue her and killed Sir Tarquin. She threw herself from the battlements when she found that Sir Tarquin was dead. Her ghost still walks the castle battlenmts, weeping over her dead lover.


Tamworth Castle      Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
The blue lady took her own life after watching her lover die in a jousting contest outside the castle. Her ghost now patrols the battlements.


Tattershall Castle      Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
the ghost of a white woman haunts the battlements at night.


Taunton Castle      Taunton, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Tom the Fiddler      
A fiddler named Tom haunts a room in the castle. He is not seen but but his loud spectral fiddling is heard.


Taunton Castle      Taunton, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Invisible Troops˙      
Heard marching through the castle's museum, these invisible troops belonged to the untrained army of the Duke of Monmouth. They were slaughtered during a failed attack


Taunton Castle      Taunton, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Civil War Lady      
The ghost of a lady dressed in clothing matching the civil war period makes the occasional appearance in the castle


Taunton Castle      Taunton, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Cavalier      
A cavalier holding a pistol haunts the castle


Thirlwall Castle      Greenhead, Northumberland, England
Legend, Gold Table      
A table of solid gold is said to be hidden somewhere under this castle, protected by a gruesome dwarf.


Thunderfield Castle      Horley, Surrey, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghost Army      
The castle is said to have been a resting place for King Harold's men as they marched to Hastings. A phantom bell tolls as the sun sets here, growing louder until midnight comes and an army of men pass through the area.


Thunham Castle      Thunham, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Tall Man      
A seven foot tall man dressed in a green and blue tunic runs around, brushing up againstr visitors, waving his arms wildly. He has no face, but he does have hair, which is cut short.


Tintagel Castle      Tintagel, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Merlin      
In the bay below the castle is a cave haunted by the spirit of Merlin.


Tintagel Castle      Tintagel, Cornwall, England
Legend, Merlin      
A place featuring in Arthurian legend (Arthur is said to have been born here), the cave under the castle was the home of Merlin. His spirit is reluctant to leave the place


Tiverton Castle      Tiverton, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Bride      
A newly wedded bride played hide and seek with her guests, only to disappear. A few years later her mummified body was found in a chest in the attic, the spring mounted lid having trapped her inside.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Anne Boleyn      19-May
Anne Boleyn, Henry VII's second wife, was imprisoned in the King's house before her execution on Tower Green in 1536. Her headless corpse was buried under the floor of the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula.˙ Her ghost haunts both the Chapel, the Green, the corridor of the White Tower and the King's House where she walks with her head tucked under her arm on May 19th, the anniversary of her death.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Murdered Wife      
In 1804, a waderin the Tower named Corporal Jones saw a woman in a white dress with a red pattern on it coming towards him. As she approached, he realised that what he had thought was a red pattern was in fact blood and that the woman was headless. Later enquiries brought to light that a guardsmen in 1784 had murdered his wife and cut off her head. The head was never recovered so it may be that Corporal Jones saw the ghost of the murdered wife.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Princes in the Tower      
In the Bloody Tower the two small sons of King Edward IV known as the "Princes in the Tower" are said to have been murdered in 1483 AD on the orders of their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Since the late 15th century guards in the Tower have seen two small shadowy figures gliding down towards them.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Catherine Howard      
The fifth wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was convicted by Henry of adultery and sentenced to die on the block.˙At her execution, she ran from the executioner who pursued her, took hold of her and hacked off her head.˙ Her cries are heard outside the room where she was kept before her execution.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Cylinder      
The keeper of the crown jewels, Edmund Lenthal Swifte was dining with his family in the Martin Tower when his wife screamed. He saw a strange cylinder shaped apparition come into view.˙ It appeared to be filled with a blue bubbling liquid. When Swifte threw a chair at it, the apparition disappeared.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Thomas Becket      
The ghost of Thomas Becket (murdered at Canterbury) haunts the Tower. Its first sighting was by a priest in the 13th century at the time when the Traitor's Gate was being built.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Bear       
During the 19th century a ghostly bear was seen at the castle, which guards bayoneted to no avail.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Marching Soldiers      
Squads of ghostly marching soldiers haunt the Tower, as do ghostly funeral carriages.


Triermain Castle      Gilsland, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Gilsland Boy      
While living, this young boy became lost on the nearby snow-covered common, and froze to death. His shivering form is now seen by the castle walls, and on the odd occasion will reach out and grab people (this is supposed to mark the witness's impending death, the area of the body touched being the primary area responsible for death).


Tutbury Castle      Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
A grey lady haunts the castle


Tutbury Castle      Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Monk      
A phantom monk haunts the castle


Tutbury Castle      Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, A Drummer Boy      
A young drummer boy haunts the castle


Tutbury Castle      Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
Mary Queen of Scots haunts the castle


Verdley Castle      Fernhurst, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Bear      
This is said to be the location where the last wild bear in England was killed. The creature's ghost now returns to the spot where it died


Wallington Castle (aka Wallington Hall)      Wallington, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Tired Ghost      
The castle is haunted by a ghost who has a habit of sharing a bed with visitors.


Wallington Castle (aka Wallington Hall)      Wallington, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Noises      
Heavy breathing, the flapping of wings, and banging are some of the spectral noises heard in this castle.


Warblington Castle      Warblington, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Margaret Pole      27 May
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, can be seen walking around the castle without her head. She was beheaded on 27 May 1541 at the command of King Henry VIII, her cousin once removed.


Warblington Castle      Warblington, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Smuggler      
The ghost of a smuggler haunts castle.


Warkworth Castle      Warkworth, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Bertram de Bothal      
Bertram de Bothal of Bothal Castle fell in love with Isabel Widdrington. Although she felt attracted to the young man, she wanted to see more proof of his love for her. She presented him with an engraved helmet and she told him that if he would wear it bravely in battle then he could have her hand in marriage. Shortly after Bertram had his opportunity. Lord Percy crossed the border pursuing Scottish raiders and in the ensuing battle Bertram fought courageously but was wounded and taken back to England to recuperate. Isabel on hearing the news felt guilty about her challenge and set out with a single manservant to reach him. After a week passed, Isabel had not arrived and although Bertram was not recovered he left his bed and set out with his younger brother to search the Borderlands for her. Crossing into Scotland, they decided to go in different directions to cover a wider area. After a few days, Bertram learned that Isabel was held prisoner in the castle of a border raider and hurried to the castle which he then spied on from nearby. On the second night of his vigil, he saw a woman climbing down a rope from the tower and a man dressed in tartan helping her. Recognizing the woman as Isabel, Bertram followed the couple away from the castle and then confronted them demanding that the Scotsman release Isabel. In a rage, Bertram struck out at the man who fell to the ground and when Bertram raised his sword to strike again, Isabel flung herself between them and received the full force of his sword, which passed through her and killed the man. Isabel used her dying words to explain that Bertram's brother had disguised himself as a Scot and had arranged for her escape from the castle. He had killed his own brother. Desperate with grief, Bertram returned to Northumberland where he was granted sanctuary by Lord Percy at Warkworth Castle. After a while, Bertram renounced his wealth and possessions and left the Castle to build the hermitage nearby, carving the chapel out of the rock face. Here he spent many lonely hours in prayer and meditation until his death. Into the chapel rock he carved the following in Latin: 'my tears have been my meat by day and by night'. The inconsolable ghost of Bertram de Bothal still haunts the hermitage and castle.


Warkworth Castle      Warkworth, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Bertram˙      
After a tragic accident in which he accidentally killed his future wife, Sir Bertram became a hermit. His ghost still remains still repenting his mistake.


Warwick Castle      Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Legend, Shuck      
After being caught stealing from her customers, an old servant at the castle was dismissed. In revenge, she bewitched the castle, after which a shuck (supernatural large black dog) appeared and created havoc. The creature was defeated by quotes from the bible read aloud by a local holy man.


Warwick Castle      Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Fulke      
Murdered by a trusted servant, Sir Fulke appears in a misty form in his study at the castle


Warwick Castle      Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Omen, The Dun Cow      
The phantom 'Dun Cow of Warwick' appears at the castle a few weeks before a death in the family.


Whittington Castle      Whittington, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Children      
Seen peaking out from the gatehouse windows, these children are never found when looked for.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Group       
A ghostly group of men haunts the East Terrace. In the castle grounds in 1906 one of the sentries from the Coldstream Guards was on patrol in the East Terrace when he saw a group of men.˙ He challenged them but received no answer. He opened fire only to see his bullets passed straight through them.˙ He then charged the group but they just disappeared.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Herne the Hunter      
The most famous ghost associated with Windsor Castle haunts the depths of Windsor Forest.˙ His name is Herne the Hunter (referred to in Shakespeare's 'Merry Wives of Windsor').˙ Herne was Richard IIs favourite huntsman who had at one time saved the King's life, being wounded at the same time.˙˙Herne made a recovery and as the King had promised him, he was made head huntsman. But he was soon dismissed from his post because he appeared to have lost all his skills. In a deep depression he hanged himself from the branch of an oak tree in Windsor Forest. On dark stormy nights, a ghostly band of hunters led by Herne are to be seen galloping wildly through Windsor great Park along with a pack of ghostly hounds. Asighting of this band of spectres is a portent that some kind of national disaster will soon occur.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Sound of A Small Boy      
In the deanery of the chapel the spectral voice of a small boy can be heard saying "I don't want to go riding today" after which his footsteps can be heard running away.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Elizabeth I      
The ghost of Queen Elizabeth I glides through the library wall into a locked up room in the castle. On occasions her presence is felt her footsteps heard in other areas of the castle.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Charles I      
Cromwell imprisoned King Charles I in˙the Canons house within the castle walls. The ghost of the king haunts the area of the area of St George's Chapel near˙the Canons house.


Woodcroft Castle      Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Michael Hudson      
Killed at the fortification by Cromwell's soldiers in 1648, Doctor Michael Hudson's hands were severed as he tried to climb down the castle walls to escape. His handless ghost now haunts the grounds.


Aldourie Castle      Dores, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
Little is known about this off-white spook that reportedly drifts around the strong house.


Annagh Castle      Lough Derg, County Tipperary, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Edmond Roe O'Kennedy      
Edmond was murdered in the sixteenth century before revealing where he had concealed his hidden treasure. Since his death, Edmond's ghost has appeared to visitors at the castle, blood leaking from a large slit in his throat.


Antrim Castle      Antrim, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Sinking Coach      
Every 31 May A coach pulled by a team of four horses which sunk into the pond drowning all on board is seen repeating the tragic accident once a year. In addition, a stone wolfhound which stands by the gateway is said to have once been flesh and blood - the dog gave a warning to an advancing sneak attack upon the castle before turning into rock. It now safeguards the Clotworthy family name on the condition it is never removed. Finally, the sound of heavy breathing can be heard coming from the ruined building.


Athcarne Castle      Donore, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, James II      
James II stayed here before his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne. His ghost is still seen at the castle.


Athcarne Castle      Donore, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Bloody Girl      
The ghost of a crazy looking girl walks around the castle, her hands caked in blood


Athcarne Castle      Donore, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Hanged Soldier      
The ghost of a soldier is seen hanging by his neck from a tree in the castle grounds.


Ballaghmore Castle      Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Richard Ely      
Richard was shot in the castle by a poacher. His ghost has remained there since. One of the flagstones is still discoloured by his blood and the stain cannot be removed by cleaning.


Ballygally Castle Hotel      Ballygally, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Isobel Shaw      
Lady Isobel jumped to her death from an upper window to escape a slow lingering death administrated by her husband. She now knocks on various doors before running away


Ballygally Castle Hotel      Ballygally, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Madame Nixon      
Madame Nixon is named as another ghost to be found here, and can be recognised by the rustling of her dress.


Ballyheigue Castle      Ballyheigue, County Kerry, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Danish Captain      
This ghost was once a well treated prisoner in the castle, who died trying to protect the building from a large scale robbery.


Ballymoy Castle      Ballymoy, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Cleaner Ghosts      
Invisible wraiths sweep the castle clean each Saturday


Ballynalackan Castle      The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Woman      
A ghost, the shadowy figure of an unknown woman stands at the castle entrance, as if in waiting.


Castle Biggs      Lough Derg, County Tipperary, Ireland
Shuck, Fire Breathing Black Dog      
A Fire Breathing Shuck with cloven hooves protects a hidden hoard of treasure.


Carlingford Castle and Abbey ruins      Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Henrietta Travescant      
Henrietta Travescant had a carrer as a pirate before taking up a new job as an Abbess. The ghost of Henrietta is one of two seen in the castle ruins.


Carrigaphoca (aka Carrigaphouka, aka Carrigaphooca      Macroom, County Cork, Ireland
Elemental Spirit, Pooca      
The site is also home to a Pooca, a ghastly grim entity which attacks visitors if the opportunity arises.


Carrigaphoca (aka Carrigaphouka, aka Carrigaphooca      Macroom, County Cork, Ireland
Vampire, Cormac Tadhg McCarthy      
Charged with tracking down Irish rebels, Cormac ate the flesh of one man he caught. His ghost haunts the ruins of the castle.


Carrigogunnell Castle      Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Fairies, Fairy Riders      
Beneath the castle a company of fairies on horseback wait for the day they are needed.


Castlelyons - ruins      Castlelyons, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Boy      
A boy was killed by a former owner of the castle for misbehaving. The ghost of a sad little figure still haunts the Castle ruins begging for his life to be spared.


Charles Fort      Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
This woman leapt to her death from the battlements after discovering that her father had mistakenly shot dead her newly wed husband. Since her death, she has been seen walking through locked doors and was blamed for knocking at least two witnesses unconscious.


Charles Fort      Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Rabbit      
The fort is haunted by a (pythonesque) rabbit which attacks guards asleep on duty.


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Young Boy      
The castle is haunted by a young boy (seen in the same location as the blue girl)


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Hooded Woman      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a dark hooded woman accompanied by the ghosts of a party of monks


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, laughing children      
The castle is haunted by the ghosts of laughing children in a former nursery room


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Sounds      
The castle is haunted by the sounds of two Englishmen getting drunk


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Blue Girl      
This young girl fell while playing on the staircase, dying on the floor below. Her ghost is seen on the stairs or felt rushing past witnesses


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Charles Bury      
The ghost of Charles Bury, First Earl of Charleville haunts a tower in the castle


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Luminous balls      
Luminous balls of ghostly light appear throughout the castle


Clonony Castle      Shannon Harbour, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Man      
The ghost of a man, surrounded by a hazy, eerie light, stands at the top of a castle tower wearing old-fashioned clothes. This tall, gaunt figure is regularly seen by people driving by the castle.


Clonony Castle      Shannon Harbour, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Thin Man      
Spotted by a man driving past the ruins at night, this gaunt figure appears, bathed in misty light.


Crom Castle      Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland
Omen, White Light of Crom      
This glowing ball of light rolls around the castle lake, marking a important events which will affect the whole of Ireland.


Castle Daly      Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Party      
A spectral party with music and laughter can be heard in the castle. Some reports say the celebrations end with screams and cries for help


Castle Donovan      Drimoleague, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Dorothy Forde      
Dorothy Forde was hanged by the O'Donovan clan who were unwilling to pay back a debt to her family. The inexplicable drips of water from the ceiling of the lower chamber are said to be her tears.


Castle Dunanore      Cummer, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Murdered Pirates      
A ghostly sailing ship drops anchor just off the coast. Battle scarred pirates use small boats to row to the castle where they carry chests and sacks of gold and jewels into the ruins


Dunluce Castle      Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Screams      
During a storm, the castle's kitchens collapsed into the sea. The ghostly screams of the kitchen servants can still be heard as they forever fall to their doom.


Dunluce Castle      Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Mave Roe      
Mave Roe died of a broken heart after being denied marrying her true love. Now her ghost in the form of a white lady haunts the castle.


Dunluce Castle      Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Man in Purple Cloak      
Named as either Peter Carey (an English invader) or Richard de Burgh (Earl of Antrim), this ghostly figure in purple walks around the ruined towers of the castle.


Foulksrath Castle      Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Sentry      29 November
A guard at the castle fell asleep while on duty, and was thrown from the battlements as punishment. Once a year, his footsteps are heard as he walks around to make amends for his failure.


Foulksrath Castle      Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Woman      
The ghost of a woman can been heard as she moves around on a staircase. She is accompanied by the smell of wild flowers.


Glenarm Castle      Glenarm, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Moaning      
The castle was haunted by a ghost until every room in the castle was exorcised, driving the ghost into the attic where it can be heard moaning and stomping around.


Gormanston Castle      Gormanston, County Meath, Ireland
Omen, Foxes      
Whenever all the local foxes gather at the front door of the castle, a death of a death of a Viscount Gormanston.will occur soon after.


Howth Castle      Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Omen, White Rat      
This ghostly white rat appears whenever misfortune or evil threatens the House of St Lawrence.


Huntingdon Castle      Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Trooper       
A Cromwellian spy was mistakenly killed by his own forces after returning to the castle disguised as an English Royalist soldier. His ghostly form is seen knocking on the castle door.


Huntingdon Castle      Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Barbara St Leger      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a former owner Barbara St Leger, along with the ghosts of one of her maids and several monks. The ghosts of Barbara St. Leger and her maidservant, Honor Byrne, amble the corridors, jangle keys and polish door-handles with their hair.


Islandmore Castle (also known as Thoor Ballylee)      Gort, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Son of W B Yeats      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of the son of W B Yeats, who once lived here.


Islandmore Castle (also known as Thoor Ballylee)      Gort, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Norman Soldier      
W B Yeats claimed that he shared the castle with the ghost of a Norman soldier.


Kilcosgriff Castle      Kilcosgriff, County Limerick, Ireland
Omen, Lady in White      
The wife of a former Lord Langford, the ghost of this lady appears prior to a death in the Langford family


Kildinan Castle      Kildinan, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Shoe Peddler      
The lord of the castle was betrayed by a peddler.The castle guard soon caught up with the treaturous pedlar, cut off his head, and stuck it on a spike as a warning to others. The ghost of the peddler has haunted the castle ever since.


Kilkea Castle      Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Stable Lad      
A stable lad was killed after being discovered in the bedroom of the lord's daughter. He ghost still walks the castle looking for his former girlfriend.


Kilkea Castle      Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Earl Gerald      
Every seven years, the ghost of Earl Gerald rises from the grave to rid Ireland of its enemies.˙


Kilkea Castle      Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
Spirit Haunting, Wizard      
The castle is haunted by the spirit of a wizard who once lived there, and whose living body lays in a trance under the castle.


Killua Castle      Clonmellon, County Westmeath, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Jacky Dalton      
Jacky Dalton was a land steward to Sir Benjamin Chapman in the 18th century, a small wily man. He swindled his master out of great sums of money but turned to drink and committed suicide by throwing himself into the lake after his master''s death. With wild yellow hair, Jacky's vile-looking ghost now haunts the castle at night.


Killyleagh Castle      Killyleagh, County Down, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Countess of Clanbrassil      
In life the Countess of Clanbrassil was renowned for her charm and leadership abilities. She negotiated a pardon for her husband from Cromwell. Now her ghost haunts the great hall of her castle.


Kinnitty Castle      Kinnitty, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Monk      
This ghostly monk walks the castle centuries after his death. He is said to communicate future events to those prepared to listen.


Leamaneh Castle      The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Red Mary      
Mary O'Brien was a Seventeenth century witch who hanged her servants if they made mistakes. She was caught by her enemies and left to stave to death in a hollow tree. Her ghost still returns to her castle.


Leap Castle      Birr , County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Prisoner      
Prisoners pushed into an oubliette fell eight feet onto spikes projecting from the floor. Around the year 1900, workmen hired to clean out Leap Castle pulled up the drop floor of the dungeon and discovered human skeletons piled on top of each other in the oubliette. The ghost of at leat one of them still haunts the castle.


Leap Castle      Birr , County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Priest      
In 1532, brother turned against brother to shed blood. One was a warrior who used his sword to kill the other, a priest. The priest fell across the altar and died. The chapel has been known as Bloody Chapel since that time.


Leap Castle      Birr , County Offaly, Ireland
Elemental Spirit, Spectral Creature      
Leap Castle is also haunted by an Elemental, a dark evil creature about the size of a sheep with a human face and black pools for eyes. It smells of rotting flesh.


Castle Leslie      Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Constance      
The castle is also haunted by the ghost of Lady Constance, who died in 1925.


Castle Leslie      Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Norman      
When Lady Marjorie's son died in World War I, his form appeared to Lady Marjorie as she sat in bed. Mistaking the ghost for a real person, she tried to speak to Norman, only to watch him fade away. He has since then been seen in the same room.


MacAulliffe's Castle      Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Bride      
A bride mysteriously vanished at the castle shortly after being married. Her ghost now haunts the castle.


MacAulliffe's Castle      Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Carrickogunnel      
Holding a bright lantern in an attempt to lure passing ships onto the rocks, the repulsive ghost of Carrickogunnel haunts the castle.


Malahide Castle      Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Puck      
Puck only stands 120 centimetres tall and possesses a long matted beard. He is said to be the ghost of a watchman who fell asleep and failed to see approaching enemy soldiers, then took his own life out of shame.


Castle Matrix      Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Earl Gerald      
Every seven years the ghost of Earl Gerald walks under Lough Gur, emerging on the back of a black horse to visit the castle, his former home.


Castle Matrix      Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Earl James      
A former earl, James, was murdered by his servants. His ghost still haunts the castle


Rathfarnham Castle      Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Dog      
The castle is also haunted by a dog, which gave his life trying to save his master who had fallen into an ice covered pond.


Rathfarnham Castle      Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Young Boy      
Frequenting the gate house area, this young lad is thought to have been murdered in the area.˙


Ross Castle      Mountnugent, County Cavan, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Sabrina and Orwin      
These two youngsters were killed as they tried to elope and escape family politics. En route, Orwin drowned and Sabrina died a few days later of a broken heart. Their ghosts haunt the area, and may manifest in the form of screams and unnatural cold winds.


Shane?s Castle      Randalstown, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
This pallid female wraith cursed the family with everlasting sorrow and misfortune. She is said to be quite tall and slender, with blue eyes and blonde hair. The figure was last seen in 1966, where the entity was said to be on her knees, crying, bathed in bluish-white light.


Skryne Castle      Skryne, County Meath, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a woman in white. She can be been heard walking in empty parts of the building. This ghost was once seen slowly dissolves into nothingness.


Sopwell (or Killaleigh) Castle      Sopwell, County Tipperary, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Screaming      
Screams followed by the sound of a body being dragged down a staircase haunt this castle.


Castle Strange      Athleague, County Roscommon, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Faces      
Built on a site of Celtic cemetery, the castle often has weird ghostly faces peering out of its windows.


Tullynally Castle      Tullynally, County Westmeath, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Butler      
The butler fell in love with one of the castle's cooks, but was rejected. He later hanged himself, though has been seen since, walking around the castle and its grounds.˙


Wilton Castle      Clough Mills, County Wexford, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Harry Alcock      
Once a year, as the sun sets, a phantom carriage moves away from the castle carrying Harry. The ghostly sight was said to have been so common that dozens of people would gather to watch the scene.


Wilton Castle      Clough Mills, County Wexford, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Magistrate      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a former magistrate and the ghost of a one-time actress.


Abergeldie Castle      Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Kittie Rankie      
Kittie was burnt as a witch at the top of a nearby hill. Her ghost haunts the castle and the surrounding land.


Ackergill Tower      Wick, Caithness , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Helen Gunn      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of Helen Gunn. Helen was kidnapped by one of the Keith family who brought her back to Ackergill Tower. She threw herself from the battlements of the tower rather than submit to her captor.


Airlie Castle      Airlie, Angus, Scotland
Omen, The Doom of Airlie Castle      
This harbinger of doom takes the form of a ram that walks around the gardens prior to disaster. A drumming sound is also reported to herald a death in the family.


Airth Castle      Airth, Falkirk, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Screaming      
Several ghosts frequent the building, currently a hotel. A spectral dog is felt as it tries to bite ankles, two children and their nanny (all of whom died in a fire) still return from the grave, and finally the cries and screams of a maid who was attacked by an enraged master can be heard late at night.


Aldourie Castle      Loch Ness, Inverness-shire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The castle is haunted by a ghost known as the Gray Lady.


Ardvreck Castle      Inchnadamph, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Tall Ghost      
A tall, lean ghost can only be seen at the castle from a distance


Ardvreck Castle      Inchnadamph, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady of Ardvreck      
This woman, famed for her meddling and interfering, has found it difficult to give up her former position.


Ardvreck Castle      Inchnadamph, Highland, Scotland
Legend, The Devil      
According to legend the Devil himself assisted in the construction of the castle


Ashintully Castle      Kirkmichael, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Crooked Davie & Green Jane      
Two spirits, called Crooked Davie & Green Jane, haunt the castle grounds.


Ashintully Castle      Kirkmichael, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Tinker      
A tinker was found trespassing on the castle demesne and hanged. His ghost is now seen around the trees near where he died.˙


Ashintully Castle      Kirkmichael, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied screaming      
The sound of screaming is heard at the castle


Balcomie Castle      Crail, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Starving Young Man      
Locked in an oubliette and forgotten about, this young man (some say a child) starved to death. He can be seen around the castle, and is sometimes heard whistling - the crime for which he was cast into the oubliette.


Baldoon Castle,       Bladnoch, Galloway , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Janet Dalrymple      12 September
In the seventeenth century Janet, a young woman, was forced by her parents to abandon the man she loved, and marry David Dunbar. She stabbed him on her wedding night. He survived, but she died shortly afterward. Her wild ghost returns on the anniversary of her wedding to roam the castle dressed in white, blood-spattered clothes but is most often seen on the anniversary of her death. Her ghost became the subject of a novel by Sir Walter Scott - "The Bride of Lammermuir".


Balgonie Castle      Milton of Balgonie, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Green Jeannie      
Green Jeannie, a florescent ghost, drifts through the older parts of the castle after dusk.


Balgonie Castle      Milton of Balgonie, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Soldier with a Musket      
The ghost of a soldier with a musket is seen in the castle courtyard.


Ballindalloch Castle      Bridge of Avon, Moray, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Lord      
The castle is haunted by a former lord, seen walking towards his wine cellar.


Ballindalloch Castle      Bridge of Avon, Moray, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Two Spectral Women      
The castle is haunted by two female ghosts, each of which keeps to her own part of the castle


Balmoral Castle      Easter Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, John Brown      
John Brown was a close friend of Queen Victoria. His ghost still haunts the castle.


Balnagowan (or Balnagown) Castle      Ballchraggan, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Black Andrew      
Andrew terrorised the neighbourhood, raping local women and murdering locals men. They decided to act against the laird. They stormed his castle and hanging him by the neck from the highest window. Now his ghost remains within the walls of the castle, continuing to harasses visiting women.


Balnagowan (or Balnagown) Castle      Ballchraggan, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Green-eyed Girl       
The ghost of a young green-eyed girl smiles fondly at passers-by in the castle.


Barcaldine Castle      Barcaldine, Argyll, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
A blue lady is said to appear and listen to any music played on site.


Barcaldine Castle      Barcaldine, Argyll, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Donald Campbell      
Donald Campbell was murdered on the castle grounds, and his ghost has been seen at the castle. It is believed that he is wandering in search of his killer. The same ghost briefly appeared after death at Inverawe House. Donald's ghost is said to be full of loathing and hate.


Barnbougle Castle      Cramond, Edinburgh , Lothian, Scotland
Omen, Howling Dog      
This dog accompanied his master to the Crusades. Spectral howling was first heard at the castle when his owner died on the battlefield, and is heard again prior to death of the laird of the castle.


Barrogill (or Barrowgill) Castle, aka Castle of Me      Mey, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Fanny Sinclair      
Eloping from home to marry a member of the working classes, Lady Fanny's family tracked her down and brought her home - she was killed jumping out of a tower window while trying to escape again.


Bedlay Castle      Chryston, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Bishop Cameron      
Just as likely to be heard stomping around as he is to be seen, the Bishop's ghost is said to date back almost seven hundred years, from when he was discovered floating face down in a large pond that was on the site.


Blackness Castle      Blackness, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Angry Knight      
This vexed spirit chased a female witness out of the castle during a sightseeing tour. Banging sounds have also been reported, with no source ever being found.


Borthwick Castle      Borthwick, Lothian , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
Mary Queen of Scots called at the castle after her marriage (on 15 May 1567) to the Earl of Bothwell. The castle was besieged and she escaped by disguising herself as a page boy. After her death an apparition of Mary, dressed as a page boy, was seen at the castle and she returns every year.


Braemar Castle      Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, New Bride      
A newly married lord went hunting early one morning without informing his recent bride. Convinced that he must have abandoned her, she leapt off the battlements to her death. Her ghost now appears to others, not wanting them to make the same mistake.


Brahan Castle, former site of      Urray, Highland, Scotland
Curse, Soothsayer's Curse      
Before being boiled alive in a cauldron of tar, a local soothsayer predicted the downfall of the family that owned the castle.˙


Brodick Castle      Isle of Arran, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
In 1700 a woman with the plague was quaranteened - confined alone in the castle, where she starved to death. Ever since, the older part of the castlehas been haunted by a "Grey Lady"


Brodick Castle      Isle of Arran, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Man in Green      
The ghost of a man in a green jacket haunts the library


Brodick Castle      Isle of Arran, Ayrshire, Scotland
Omen, White Deer      
a White Deer is seen in the grounds of the castle whenever a chief of the Hamilton clan is close to death. The white deer appeared twice in the twentieth century, both times coinciding with the death of the head of the Hamilton Family.


Brodie Castle      Forres, Moray, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Brodie of Brodie      
The night that Brodie of Brodie died on 20 September 1889 hundreds of miles away in Switzerland, the sounds of moaning and loud moving noises could be heard coming from his locked office in the castle.


Buchanan Castle      Drymen, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Whispering      
Strange whisperings and other sounds are heard at this castle.


Carbisdale Castle      Culrain, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Duchess Blair.      
A Lady in white haunts the castle, thought to be the ghost of the Duchess Blair.


Carbisdale Castle      Culrain, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Piper      
The castle is haunted by a piper


Cardoness Castle      Anwoth, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Legend, Curse      
After a curse was placed on the castle three owners went bankrupt. The forth and his family were drowned in the nearby loch when the ice cracked while they skated on it.


Careston Castle      Brechin, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Jock Barefut      
Jock Barefut was hanged for stealing a branch from the laird's favourite tree. His ghost is sometimes seen dangling from trees in the neighbourhood, and sometimes seen running through the castle.


Carleton Castle (ruins)      Lendalfoot, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Screaming      
The source of this screaming is unknown, but it might be the ghost of one of the first seven wives of a mad lord of the castle, who pushed them in turn off a cliff to their deaths. It might also be his ghost, as his eighth wife managed to push him first.


Castle Cary      Cumbernauld, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lizzie Baillie      
Lizzie Baillie ran away from her parents after falling in love with a young laird from the Lennox. The shock of this killed her father as the laird was a member of the Graham family, who had participated in burning the castle. Lizzie's ghost returns to her father's grave out of respect.˙


Castle Cary      Cumbernauld, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Sir William Baillie      
The ghost of Sir William Baillie haunts the castle.


Cawdor Castle       Nairn, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Muriel Calder      
The castle became part of the Campbell empire when Muriel Calder, heiress to the castle, was kidnapped at the age of 12 and married to the Earl of Argyll's son, Sir John Campbell in 1511. A ghost wearing a blue velvet dress has been reported in the castle and she is believed to be the ghost of Muriel Calder.


Cawdor Castle      Nairn, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Handless Girl      
A girl was caught by her father while hugging her lover. The father, the lord of the castle, stringly disapproved. He ordered that her hands be severed so that she could never hug again.


Cessnock Castle      Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, John Knox      
The ghost of Knox walks around the castle grounds, quoting religious texts,


Claypotts Castle      Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Marion Ogilvie      29 May
The castle is haunted by a "White Lady" seen at a window in the castle each 29 May. She is reputed to be the ghost of Marion Ogilvie, the mistress of Cardinal Beaton who was murdered in St Andrews on 29 May 1546.


Claypotts Castle      Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      29 May
Appearing upset, the ghost of a white woman frantically waves from a high window once every year. In life she was a mistress of Cardinal Beaton.


Cloncaird Castle      Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Man on Stairs      
This unknown figure blocks the stairway, vanishing if approached.


Closeburn Castle      Closeburn , Dumfries and Galloway), Scotland
Omen, Bleeding Swan      
Prior to death in the Kirkpatrick family. Swans once brought peace and happiness here, until one was killed by a family member. Now, family death is heralded when a swan appears with a red-stained breast.


Colinsburgh Castle      Colinsburgh, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Viscount Dundee      
Killed during the battle of Killiecrankie in the Late seventeenth century, Dundee appeared to Lord Balcarres shortly after his death. Edinburgh Castle also claims this event for itself.


Comlongon Castle Hotel      Clarencefield, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Marion Carruthers      
This lady, now said to have a green hue, jumped from the tower rather than spend any more time with her husband.


Corgaff Castle      Corgaff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Family      
The family and servants here where once caught up in a fire and burnt alive. The ghosts of all twenty-seven people still haunt the castle, and can periodically be heard screaming.


Coroghon Castle      Island of Canna, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Femail Prisoner      
The castle ruins are haunted by the ghost of a female prisoner once held in the castle by its laird.


Cortachy Castle      Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Omen, Drummer      
Caught having an affair with the wife of the castle's owner, a drummer was placed in his own drum and rolled out from a tower. On the verge of dying he cursed all future generations who would live at the castle. His ghostly drum can be heard beating before a death in the family.


Craighouse Castle      Craighouse, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Old Man      
Seen peering out of the ruins, this is the ghost of a grey haired old man thought to have been involved in the building of the castle.


Craigievar Castle      Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Gordon      
A member of the Gordon family was murdered by Sir John Forbes who forced him out of a high (seventh storey) window at sword point. His ghost now haunts the Blue Room at the castle


Craigievar Castle      Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Fiddler      
The ghost of a fiddler appears only to people named Forbes.


Craignethan Castle      Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
Mary Queen of Scots is said to have spent the night there before the Battle of Langside. Her headless ghost now haunts the castle.


Craignethan Castle      Crossford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Headless Woman      
A headless woman reported in the castle grounds is said to be the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots.


Craignethan Castle      Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Figure      
Several visitors to the castle have followed a figure dressed in historical costume, thinking it was leading the way to a pageant, only to see the figure disappearing before their eyes.


Crathes Castle      Crathes, Aberdeenshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Green Woman      
The ghost of a green woman appears and moves across a room in the castle to pick up a phantom child located in the fireplace before vanishing.


Crichton Castle      Crichton, Lothian , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Horseman      
A ghostly horse rider enters the building though its original gate, now walled up.


Cromarty House      Cromarty, Highland), Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Pixie      
A number of spectres frequent the site of the old castle that stood here, including a rabbit that turns into smoke, a small bearded pixie-man, and the ghostly noise of heavy pacing.


Culcreach (or Culcreuch) Castle      Fintry, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Boar's Head      
The head of a spectral boar on a plate floats around the castle battlements


Culcreach (or Culcreuch) Castle      Fintry, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Harp Music      
The one time mistress of a laird of The clan Buchanan held her lover here as he died in what is now The Chinese Bird room, playing The harp as he died. On The verge of sleep, people continue to hear The sounds of a ghostly harp.


Culcreach (or Culcreuch) Castle      Fintry, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Ghost in Grey      
A grey ghost pushes past people in the castle corridors.


Culzean Castle      Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Piper      
Whenever one of the Kennedy family is about to get married a ghostly piper appears and pipes in the castle grounds. He also plays on stormy nights, his music mixed in with the howling wind and crashing waves.


Culzean Castle      Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Cries      
The ghostly cries of someone being tortured is sometimes heard at the castle


Culzean Castle      Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Young Woman      
The ghost of a young woman in a ballgown appears from time to time, but no-one knows who she was in life.


Culzean Castle      Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Music      
Heard on windy nights, the piping of a long dead piper now haunts the castle.


Dean Castle      Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
Omen, Rolling Head      
On 18 August 1745 a female servant in the building once saw the decapitated head of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock, her master, roll across the floor in front of her, even though he was still alive and well in another part of the building. Soon afterwards the earl joined the unsuccessful '45 Jacobite uprising. He was was beheaded in the Tower of London on 18 August 1746, exactly a year after the premonition.


Delgatie Castle      Muiryfold, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Red Headed Woman      
A ghostly woman with vivid red hair takes delight in making people at the castle jump. During the Second World War an entire detachment of troops billeted there fled the castle in bare feet after being confronted by the ghostly apparition


Donnington Castle      Newbury, Berkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Trooper       
A spectral trooper stands by the remaining castle gatehouse, vanishing soon after being seen.˙


Donnington Castle      Newbury, Berkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, White Dog       
A spectral white dog haunts the hill on which the castle stands, bounding towards the nearby woods where it disappears.


Drumlanrig Castle      Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Anne Douglas      
The ghost of Lady Anne Douglas walks the castle, carrying her severed head


Drumlanrig Castle      Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Little Girl      
The ghost of little girl has been seen in a castle bedroom, floating a few feet off the floor


Drumlanrig Castle      Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Yellow Monkey      
This yellow monkey has been seen several times, though only recently.recognised as being a monkey.


Duart Castle      Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Omen, Headless Ghost      
Prior to a death in the MacLean family a decapitated figure on horseback is seen. The figure is reputed to be the ghost of a man executed by the MacLean family.


Duchal Castle (no longer standing)      Duchal, Inverclyde, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Evil Monk      
The ghost of an evil monk haunts the castle, longing to rejoin the order from which he was expelled.


Dunbar Castle      Dunbar, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Black Aggie      
The ghost of the Patrick, ninth Earl of Dunbar, haunts the ruins of Dunbar castle


Dunbar Castle      Dunbar, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Sound of Pipes      
The sound of spectral bagpipes can be heard coming from the empty castle ramparts.


Dunbarre Castle      Alyth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Legend, Modred's House      
This castle is said to be the former base of Modred (or Mordred), the nephew of King Arthur. He was killed when the fort was overrun by Scots and Picts. Guinevere may have also been killed here, and is reportedly buried at nearby Meigle.


Dundonald castle      Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Tall Man      
A three metre tall man, with red glowing eyes and long grey hair that covers his body has been seen near the castle.


Dunnottar Castle      Dunnottar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Crying      
Sounds of ghostly crying and screaming in agony come from the castle ruins at night.


Dunnottar Castle      Dunnottar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Soldier      
The ghost of this uniformed soldier can be been seen watching over the sea.


Dunphail Castle      Forres, Moray, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Five Heads      
These heads belong to a small party who tried to break in and feed the starving besieged defenders of the castle; they were discovered and decapitated by their enemies.


Dunrobin Castle      Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Margaret      
the daughter of the 14th Earl of Sutherland who was imprisoned by her father to stop her from marrying someone he regarded as unsuitable. She tried to escape down a rope from an upstairs room but fell to her death. The ghost which haunts the upper floors of the castle is reputed to be hers


Duns Castle      Duns, Berwickshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Alexander Hay      
Alexander Hay was killed at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. His ghost now haunts Duns Castle.


Duns Castle      Duns, Berwickshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Soldier      
The ghost of a teenage soldier haunts the castle building that was once his barracks.


Dunstaffgne (or Dunstaffnage) Castle      Oban, Argyll, Scotland
Omen, Glaistig      
The Glaistig is a fairy-like entity attached to the Campbell nobility. She bursts into song, cheers when good news is to be heard, and cries when bad news is to be heard. The Glaistig has not been heard since the castle burnt down.


Duntrune (or Duntroon) Castle      Duntrune, Argyll, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Bagpipe Music      
The castle withstood assaults by Coll McDonnell (Coll Ciotach) or of his son, Sir Alexander. McDonnell sent forward his piper in disguise to gain admission to the castle and report how best it might be attacked. The piper's disguise was penetrated and he was shut up in an upper room, but not untill he had had time to observe that the gateway was so constructed as to render attack disastrous without the aid of artillery. The next morning he saw from the window McDonell's army advancing to the assault. With a view to warning his master, the piper played the air then known as " Dunniveg's Warning" (now called "The March of Duntroon Castle"). McDonnell understood the signal and sheared off, leaving the piper to his fate. A hundred years ago it was commonly believed in the adjoining hamlet that the place was haunted by the ghost of a fingerless piper. This would seem to give a clue to the unfortunate man's fate. It is generally assumed that his captors heard him playing and ran up, slicing off his fingers with a blow of the sword as the quickest method of stopping the tune. Wild pipe music can still be heard in the castle.


Duntulm Castle      Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Cries      
A nursemaid accidentally dropped a child from the battlements here. Now the phantom cries of a spectral nursemaid holding a dead child haunts the castle


Duntulm Castle      Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Screems      
A prisoner was walled up in a castle tower. His ghostly muffled screams can still be heard nearby.


Duntulm Castle      Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, a weeping nun      
The ghost of a weeping nun haunts the castle.


Duntulm Castle      Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Three Drunkards      
The ghosts of three drunkards haunt the castle.


Dunvegan Castle      Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
Legend, Fairy Flag      
The Flag of the MacLeod's was given to them by a fairy that changed herself into a mortal and married into the family. Each time the flag is waved, it grants the MacLeods victory over a foe, but the flag can only be used three times. It has been used twice so far, in 1490 at Glendale and and in 1580 at Trumpan, both times with success.


Dunvegan Castle      Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
Fairies, Fairy Bridge      
The Fairy Bridge near the castle is considered inherently evil, and upsets animals.


Earlshall Castle      Leuchars, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Sir Andrew Bruce      
A veteran of the Battle of Flodden, Bruce was renowned for his ruthlessness in hunting down Covenanters, and it may be because of this that his ghost now haunts the castle.


Edinburgh Castle      Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, James Graham      
James Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee or Bonnie Dundee as he was known, was the Jacobite commander of the forces at the Battle of Killiecrankie on the 27th July168, where he was mortally wounded. The Viscount was seen on the same day by Lord Balcarres in Edinburgh Castle. Lord Balcarres later discovered that the Viscount had died at Killiecrankie around the time of the sighting.


Edinburgh Castle      Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Drummer      
The ghost of a drummer haunts the castle, and is said to forewarn of bad news.


Edinburgh Castle       Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Piper      
The ghost of a piper haunts the castle, playing unearthly music on the battlements


Eilean Donan Castle      Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spanish Soldier      
A Spanish soldier of fortune was killed by an artillery bombardment, his head blown off by cannonbal. His ghost carrying his head under his arm, still haunts the castle.


Ellistoun Castle      Ellistoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Dark Horseman      
Holding a grinning skull, this dark horseman and his black steed gallop furiously down muddy paths towards nearby waterfalls.


Ethie Castle      Ethie Maines, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
The ghost of Cardinal Beaton and his mistress haunt the castle.


Ethie Castle      Ethie Maines, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Noises      
The ghostly sobs of young children are heard, as are eerie dragging sounds.


Fernie Castle      Cupar, Fife , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
A Green Lady fell to her death from the tower of the castle many centuries ago. Today her ghost haunts the castle. She takes the blame for problems with lights and other electrical appliances.


Ferniehirst Castle      Jedburgh, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
This jade coloured figure has been observed in the large house.


Finavon Castle      Finavon, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Hanged Man      
Caught breaking into the castle grounds to steal food and firewood, this man was hanged and his hanging body left as a warning for others. Now his ghost haunts the castle grounds.


Finavon Castle      Finavon, Angus, Scotland
Legend, Rhyme      
A local rhyme states that when the castle is reduced to dust, the world will end.


Castle Fraser      Achath, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Blood Stains      
In the 19th century a young woman was murdered in the castle and her body dragged down the stone steps. Blood stains on the stones kept reappearing, despite repeated cleaning by the servants. The stair is now covered in wood.


Fyvie Castle      Fyvie, Aberdeenshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
Dame Lillias Drummond was starved to death by her husband, Sir Alexander Seton, who remarried soon after. Her ghost, a Green Lady, scratched her name on the window sill of the bedroom of the newlyweds and can still be seen there.


Fyvie Castle      Fyvie, Aberdeenshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The castle is haunted by a "Grey Lady". When building work was being carried out in the early part of the twentieth century a skeleton was found in a secret room. The Grey Lady was seen frequently afterwards, until the bones were returned to the room and things quietened down again.


Fyvie Castle      Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Omen, Lady in Green      
A green lady, is seen and not heard as she drifts down the corridors to the 'Murder Room' always presaging a death in the family at the castle.


Fyvie Castle      Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Omen, Andrew Lammie      
The ghost of Andrew Lammie blows a single long note on his instrument as a death approaches the family.


Garth Castle      Glengoulandie, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mariota      
Mariota, the laird's wife died in strange circumstances in the early sixteenth century. Sightings of her ghost convinced many that she was murdered by her husband.


Gight Castle      Ardo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Pipe Music      
This piper was playing while investigating a secret passageway. He was never seen again, though his ghostly piping is frequently heard.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Monster of Glamis      
The most famous legend connected with the castle is that of the Monster of Glamis, a hideously deformed child born to the family. In the story, the monster was kept in the castle all his life and his suite of rooms bricked up after his death. An alternative version of the legend is that to every generation of the family a vampire child is born and is walled up in that room. There is an old story that guests staying at Glamis once hung towels from the windows of every room in a bid to find the bricked-up suite of the monster. When they looked at it from outside, several windows were towel-less. The legend of the monster may have been inspired by the true story of the Ogilvies. Somewhere in the 16-foot-thick (4.9 m) walls is a famous room of skulls, where the Ogilvie family, who sought protection from their enemies the Lindsays, were walled up to die of starvation.


Glamis Castle       Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Earl Beardie      
"Earl Beardie", who has been identified with both Alexander Lyon, 2nd Lord Glamis, and Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford wanted to play cards on the sabbath, but no-one would play with him. Lord Beardie became so furious that he claimed that he would play with the Devil himself. A stranger then appeared at the castle and joined Lord Beardie in a game of cards. The stranger was the Devil who at the end of the game condemned the Earl to play cards until doomsday. The large bearded ghost of "Earl Beardie" still haunts the castle. (A similar sory is told at Lordscairnie Castle)


Glamis Castle       Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Grey Lady of Glamis      
James V hated Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis along with all of her family. James had Janet's family members and servants subjected to torture to obtain false evidence against her. Janet was convicted of witchcraft and was burned at the stake on 17 July 1537 on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, which her young son was forced to watch. Her ghost is the "Grey Lady of Glamis". A seat in the chapel is always reserved for the "Grey Lady" and although the chapel is often full, no one else is allowed to sit in that seat.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Page Boy      
A black page boy occasionally appears and disappears near a sitting room in the castle.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Jack the Runner      
A ghost called 'Jack the Runner' has exceptionally long legs that carry him at speed along the castle corridors.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Giant      
A spectral giant in armour stands over and looks down on people in bed in the castle.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Murder      
A spectral murder is regularly reenacted in the parlour in the castle.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Banging Noises      
Ghostly sounds, thought to be of a set of gallows being constructed, can be heard at the castle.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Pale Girl      
The ghost of a pale girl is seen being dragged away by an invisible force in the castle courtyard.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Glamis      
The ghost of Lady Glamis drifts in mist around the clock tower at the castle


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Noisy Ghost      
A ghost in the 'Haunted Room' makes mysterious sounds and causes people to faint if the go to investigate.


Glamis Castle      Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The ghost of a white lady drifts along the castle corridors.


Castle Grant      Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Barbara      
In a protest about her arranged marriage, Barbara starved herself to death in a room in the tower; she is still seen glazing out of the window, sometimes washing her hands in a basin floating in front of her. A ghostly piper also patrols the lands outside the castle.


Castle Grant      Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Barbara Grant      
Lady Barbara Grant, the daughter of a 16th century laird, died while locked in a cupboard because she fell in love with a man deemed unsuitable by her father.Her ghost still haunts the castle.


Castle Guthrie      Guthrie, Forfar, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Guthrie      
During a visit by the Bishop of St Andrews in 1620 the ghost of a former Lady Guthrie came to make sure he was comfortable. Since then the ghost of Lady Guthrie has returned to look after whoever is sleeping there. Guests in the castle (now an hotel) often say it has been the most peaceful sleep they have ever experienced.


Hailes Castle      East Linton, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
Locals have reported strange banging sounds coming from the castle, as well as the occasional glimpse of a phantom woman in white.


Hallgreen Castle      Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Man in Cloak      
The ghost of a strange looking man in a long cloak haunts the castle.


Hallgreen Castle      Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Serving Girls      
The ghosts of wo teenage serving girls haunt the castle.


Hermitage Castle      Hawick, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Sir Alexander Ramsey      
Sir Alexander Ramsey was starved to death in 1342 in the castle dungeon by Sir William Douglas. Legend has it that Sir Alexander survived for seventeen days by eating small quantities of grain that fell through the cracks in the floor of the castle granary above the dungeon. His ghost now walks the castle grounds.


Hermitage Castle      Hawick, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Ambassadors      
A neighboring clan chieftain sent a group of ambassadors to the castle to offer a cessation of their feud. The laird put the men into a small casle cell without food or water. The men starved to death and their ghosts still walk the castle ruins.


Hermitage Castle      Hawick, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
The 4th Earl of Bothwell was visited at the castle by Mary Queen of Scots, who later married him. Mary's ghost is seen in the castle, but the ghostly screams heard from time to time are attributed to an earlier owner who dabbled in witchcraft.


Hermitage Castle      Hawick, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
The ghost of Mary Queen of Scots haunts the castle, though there is no evidence that she ever visite it.


Hermitage Castle      Hawick, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, William of Soulis      
William of Soulis was murdered by his peasants, tired of his wicked ways. The ghost of William now returns every seven years to meet a wizard under the castle ruins.


Hermitage Castle      Hawick, Borders, Scotland
Legend, Hidden Treasure      
There is a hoard of hidden treasure under the ruins of the castle, but the Devil watches over it. When people have tried to dig for the treasure, violent storms have always driven them away.


Huntingtower Castle      Perth, Perthshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, My Lady Greensleeves      
The castle ghost is named "My Lady Greensleeves" and although she is sometimes seen in advance of a death, she also appears to cure sick people.


Huntingtower Castle      Perth, Perthshire , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
This ghost warns against approaching bad luck at the castle. Some reports say she is green, rather than white.


Inchdrewer Castle      Banff , Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lord Banff      
In 1713 Lord Banff was murdered by his servants, who then set the castle alight in an attempt to conceal their crime. His ghost is said to return and walk the castle.


Inveraray Castle      Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Battle in the sky      
On 10 July 1758 five witnesses in two different places watched a battle between the Highlander regiment and garrisoned French troops, in the skies over the castle. This battle mirrored real events in America at the same time, where 300 Highlanders were killed assaulting a French fort.


Inveraray Castle      Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Harp Player      
A musican was killed during the attack by Montrose at the castle in 1644. His ghost now returns and plucks his strings of his harp. He also is heard in the library throwing books around, though none are ever moved.


Inveraray Castle       Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Omen, Ghost      
A ghost appears at the castle when a Campbell chief is close to death.


Inverquharity Castle      Inverquharity, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Sir John Ogilvie      
Sir John Ogilvie of Inverquharity raped and murdered two girls, and hanged their head of their household. The village priest prayed for vengeance, and Sir John dropped dead while hunting in 1662. Thecastle's ruin is blamed on Sir John's terrifying ghost that still walks the grounds


Jedburgh Castle (original building no longer stand      Jedburgh, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Hooded Figure      
In the middle of his wedding celebrations at the castle in October 1285 an unknown hooded figure appeared. The dozens of guests and entertainers stopped and looked at him, and it became apparent his face was a skull. The spectral figure then vanished.


Kellie Castle      Saint Monance, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Anne Erskine      
Anne Erskine plummeted to her death from the castle walls. Her ghost now haunts the castle walls.


Kellie Castle      Saint Monance, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, James Lorimer      
Professor James Lorimer restored the castle from a ruin in the late nineteenth century. His ghost now sits in a castle corridor.


Kilchurn Castle      Loch Awe, Kilchurn, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Voice Pleading      
A pathetic spectral little voice is heard at the castle begging for assistance.


Kindrochit Castle      Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Plague Victims      
When the Black Death was discovered in the castle, local villagers blocked the external castle doors so that no one could escape and spread the disease. All of those who died inside the castle haunt the castle.


Kinnaird Castle      Brechin, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, James Carnegie      
James Carnegie, a former laird at the hall, was well versed in the black arts. His ghost in a black coach pulled by dark horses haunts the grounds for the rest of eternity.


Kinnaird Head Castle      Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Isobel      
Isobel killed herself at the castle after she discovered her father had drowned her secret lover in a cave along the coast line, having chained him to a rock below the high tide line while a storm raged. Her ghost now foretells oncoming bad weather.


Knockdolian Castle      Colmonell, Ayrshire, Scotland
Curse, Mermaid's Curse      
The mistress of the castle ordered the destruction of a water-side black rock, which stood a short distance away, in order to prevent a mermaid sitting on it and singing. In revenge, the mermaid cursed the family, ensuring they all died without leaving an heir.


Castle Levan      Gourock, Inverclyde, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Montgomery      
Lady Montgomery was killed by her husband after he discovered the dreadful ways in which she had been treating local peasants.


Loch Leven Castle      Kinross, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
The Queen of Scots reportedly haunts the castle where she signed her abdication.


Loch of Lees Castle      Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Bertha      
Bertha was poisoned by her lover's mother, who was not impressed with her son's choice of future wife. Bertha's ghost appeared and scared her murderer to death. Bertha now returns to the scene of the crime.


Lordscairnie Castle      Moonzie, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Beardie      31 December, Midnight
Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford played cards with the Devil and lost. His ghost, Beardie, can be seen playing cards with the devil at midnight each New Year's Eve, though anyone watching it will travel to hell with them at the end of the match. (a similar story is told at Glamis Castle)


Loudon Castle      Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a Lady in White.


MacDuff's Castle      East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Sibbald      
A petty thief, Mary was killed for her crimes. He ghost has haunted the castle ever since.


Mains Castle      Lymekilns, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Murdered Woman      
A woman was throttled in the castle by her husband during a domestic row (he was convinced she was having an affair). Her ghost has haunted the castle ever since.


Meggernie Castle      Meggernie, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Dismembered Woman      
The castle is haunted sepaerately by two half-ghosts, one from the waist up and one from the waist down. One explanation offered is that they are the two half ghosts of a woman who was murdered at the castle, and her body cut in two.


Megginch Castle      Errol, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Two Women      
The ghosts of a pair of old women continue to natter away to each other years after their deaths.


Melgund Castle      Mains of Melgund, Angus, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, David Beaton      
The castle was built by Cardinal Beaton in the mid sixteenth century. Now it is haunted by his ghost.


Moy Castle      Island of Mull, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Omen, Bean-nighe      
The Bean-nighe is a Scottish spirit, an ill bringer who would be seen washing the clothes of those soon to die. This creature has long breasts, slung over her shoulders, and if one was grabbed from behind she would tell to whom the clothes belonged. If they were yours, she could change your fate. The laird of the castle, upon seeing the creature, tried to grab her but failed and died in battle the following day


Muchalls Castle      Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Drowned Girl      
A woman fell into the sea while helping her smuggler boyfriend, dying as her body was tossed around by high waves on the rocks. Her ghost is found in the nearby castle which is connected to the water by a secret passage.


Neidpath Castle      Peebles, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
A young girl died in the castle of a broken heart because her father would not allow her to marry her lover. The castle is still haunted buy her pale ghost.


Newark Castle      Selkirk, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, women and children      13 September˙
The castle is home to the ghosts of women and children murdered by soldiers at the site. These ghosts are heard once a year on the anniversary of their deaths.


Newton Castle      Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Jean Sings      
Lady Jean Drummond used witchcraft to seduce and marry the local laird, but those who had taught her the black arts abducted her on the wedding night. Now her ghost sings sad love songs from a castle tower, and can be seen walking around the castle.


Noltland Castle      Pierowall, Orkney, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Creature      
the ghost of a creature of enormous strength walks thecastle ruins


Noltland Castle      Pierowall, Orkney, Scotland
Fairies, Broonie      
Broonie is a helpful brownie named who ensures that boats remain safe during storms.


Noltland Castle      Pierowall, Orkney, Scotland
Omen, Shuck      
Forthcoming deaths at the castle ar announced by the howls of a large black dog.


Noltland Castle      Pierowall, Orkney, Scotland
Omen, Spectral Light      
The castle was owned by the Balfour family. A ghostly light flickering at the castle window still shines when a birth or death occurs in the Balfour family.


Castle of Park      Cornhill, Banff , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Pregnant Servant      
This castle incorporates a 16th century tower house. A green woman appears at an upstairs window. She is the ghost of a servant who was dismissed because she was expecing a child, and who subsequently committed suicide. Residents say they feel as though they are being watched and objects mysteriously move from one room to another.


Castle of Park      Cornhill, Banff , Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Monk       
A monk was walled up in the castle. His ghost still haunts the castle.


Peel Castle      Peel, Isle of Man, Scotland
Shuck, Moddey Dhoo      
A local shuck (a demonic black dog), the Moddey Dhoo, haunted the local guardroom, appearing at night to sleep by their fire. One guard grew tired of hiding away from it and went to face the creature alone in 1660; he returned soon afterwards, silent and dying, but the creature was never seen again.


Penkaet (or Pencaet, or Pencait) Castle, also know      Pencaitland, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Charles I      
The ghost of Charles I is blamed for disrupting the bedding in the room that contains his death mask


Penkaet (or Pencaet, or Pencait) Castle, also know      Pencaitland, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, John Cockburn      
John Cockburn, who committed murder here, can be heard dragging the body along various parts of the building


Penkaet (or Pencaet, or Pencait) Castle, also know      Pencaitland, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, beggar      
The castle is also haunted by the ghost of a beggar, executed for using witchcraft against another former owner.


Pitcaple Castle      Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Omen, Robin      
To find a robin perched within the castle walls is considered the ultimate in misfortune, as it denotes a family death.


Rait Castle      Rait, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Handless Girl      
During a bout of clan warfare, a daughter of the Comyns had her hands chopped off by her father who falsely believed she had betrayed him to their enemies (the MacIntoshes). She jumped from the castle battlements, rather than to bleed to death; her wraith is now seen drifting the castle ruins.


Roslin Castle      Roslin, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Crying Dog      
The pet dog of an English officer killed during a battle at the site can be heard crying out for its master.


Roxburgh Castle      Kelso, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, King James II      
James II was killed storming the castle, and it is reportedly his ghost on horseback that still charges around the area.


Ruthven Castle      Kingussie, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Chess Game      
The castle was once home of the infamous 'Wolf of Badenoch' a laird who reigned hardship and terror on the locals. The laird played chess with the Devil and lost. Now the match is replayed for evermore in spectral form.


Saddell castle      Saddell, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, monk and white lady      
A former laird removed the headstones from nearby churchyards to use as construction material for his castle. Much of the castle is haunted by those he disturbed.


Sanquhar Castle      Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, blonde-haired lady      
The ghost of a blonde-haired lady dressed in white haunts the castle. The lady was murdered at the castle in the late sixteenth century, though her body not discovered for almost three hundred years.


Sanquhar Castle      Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, John Wilson      
Wilson was murdered just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his ghost still protests.


Skibo Castle      Dornoch, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
This sad spirit is said to have been murdered in the 1600's by a servant. The white lady now drifts through the castle corridors, wailing and screaming.


Castle Stalker      Loch Linnhe, Argyll, Scotland
Omen, Hovering Light      
Prior to a death of a Stewart chieftain, ann orb of brilliant light hovers over the castle


St Andrews Castle      St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Cardinal Beaton      
Cardinal Beaton who served as the Archbishop of St. Andrews. Beaton was little interested in the Church, living in open concubinage, and providing lavishly for his children from ecclesiastical property. He imprisoned Protestants in the dungeon beneath the castle. Eventually, these prisoners would go insane in the darkness, at which point they were murdered. Cardinal Beaton's barbaric treatment of Protestants included the arrest, trial and execution of George Wishart who was burned at the stake in front of St. Andrews Castle on March 1st, 1546. In response, Protestant infiltrators penetrated the castle and assassinated the cardinal. His body was suspended over the castle walls by an arm and leg, to form the cross of St. Andrews.Although just a ruin today, Cardinal Beaton still roams the castle As for the Cardinal, I grant, He was the man we weel could want' And we?ll forget him soon! And yet I think, the sooth to say, Although the loon is well away, The deed was foully done.


St Andrews Castle      St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Archbishop Hamilton      
Archbishop Hamilton was a supporter of Mary Queen of Scots. He was arrested and hanged for treason. His ghost haunts the castle (though he was neither caught nor executed here).


Stirling Castle      Stirling, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Mary Queen of Scots      
The ghost of a woman in a pink silk dress stalks the area outside the fort, ellegedly the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots


Stirling Castle      Stirling, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
a green lady has been observed


Stirling Castle      Stirling, Stirling, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Footsteps      
Phantom footsteps echo down corridorsof the castle


Strathmiglo Castle      Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Fairy      
This invisible entity - a brownie - lived in the castle and was only detectible when it stole food from the pantry.


Castle Stuart      Inverness, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Big Angus      
Big Angus, who was found dead in the castle courtyard. It is not known whether he jumped or was pushed from the high tower window overlooking the yard. Eighther way, The castle is haunted by the ghost of Big Angus.


Sundrum castle      Sundrum, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
The castle is haunted by a Lady in Green


Tantallon Castle      North Berwick, Lothian, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Figure in Ruff      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of man wearing a ruff.


Taymouth Castle      Stix, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Footsteps      
The sound of phantom footsteps can be heard around the castle.


Thirlstane Castle      Lauder, Borders, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, John Maitland      
The ghost of John Maitland and the victims he raped and tortured, haunt this castle.


Threave Castle      Castle Douglas, KirkcudbrightshireDumfries and, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied Voices      
The sounds of phantom conversation can be heard at the castle.


Tulloch Castle Hotel      Dingwall, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Two Little Girls      
A guest staying the night in Room 8 reported feeling the two adolescent girls sitting on his chest as he lay in bed, as if trying to suffocate him. Previous guests in the room have reported a figure sitting at the end of their bed, door handles rattling, and other strange disturbances


Tulloch Castle Hotel      Dingwall, Highland, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
The castle is known for its Green Lady, the ghost of a girl who died after falling down a spiral staircase after witnessing her father's adultery.


Tynron castle      Tynron, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Headless Rider      
The area around the castle is haunted by a decapitated horseman. The ghost is thought to be a man who tried to marry a girl residing at the castle, but her brothers chased him away. During the pursuit, the young man fell from his horse and lost his head.


Castle of Vayne (ruins)      Fern, Angus, Scotland
Legend, Guardian Beast      
Protecting a wealth of gold and jewels, this monster remains hidden unless threatened by treasure hunters.


Wemyss Castle      Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
a tall Green Lady, haunts this ancient building


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, George III˙      
The ghost of George I haunts the rooms in which he was bound after being declared mad


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Henry VIII      
The ghost of Henry VIII can be heard moving down the corridors, dragging his bad leg.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, Scotland
Ghost Haunting, Grenadier Guard      
The park is haunted by the ghost of a Grenadier Guard who killed himself while on duty at the castle.


Castle of Cachtice      , , Slovakia
Ghost Haunting, Elizabeth Bathory      
The castle was home to Elizabeth Bathory, a member of the Hungarian royal family. She was known as the ?Blood Countess of Cachtice?. Elizabeth and her female lover, Anna Darvulia, with the aid of two servants, murdered over 600 young women. Elizabeth used to bathe in their blood in order to stay young. These killings became an obsession for Elizabeth Bathory and went on for over 30 years. Elizabeth was captured on December 29, 1610 just after she had killed a servant for stealing food. Elizabeth Bathory was put on trial for murder and was declared insane by the judge. She was sentenced to a confinement in the tower of Castle Cachtice. Her servant acccomplices were executed by fire or beheading. Elizabeth died in 1614. Her ghost still haunts the castle.


Aberavon Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Jane de Afan      
Reported to float above the castle ruins, this phantom white lady could be the ghost of Jane de Afan, the last occupant of the castle.This phantom woman appears on or near the castle mound, located close to Saint Mary's churchyard.


Aberglasney House      Carmarthen, Dyfed, Wales
Omen, Five Candles      
In the 1630's a maid saw five candles floating around one of the rooms in the castle. The next day, 5 maid servents were found dead in their beds. A stove left burning overnight had asphyxiated them. Flickering of candles became an omen for impending death in the household. Some believe that the death of the maids caused a curse upon the household.


Bodelwyddan Castle      Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Victorian Lady      
the ghosts of several dead people appear to be trapped within the castle, including a woman dressed in Victorian garb, a soldier (likely to be from the World War One, when the castle doubled as a recuperation hospital), and an unknown shadowy figure who lurks in the corridors.


Boverton Castle      Boverton, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Wissie      
During the reign of Richard I Boverton Castle was the property of the Earl of Gloucester. His daughter Hadwisa married Prince John. Ten years later John divorced Hadwisa of Gloucester, so that he could marry Isabella of Angoulˆme. His wife retired to the seclusion of Boverton Castle. According to local tradition, King John once fled from his barons, and was sheltered in Boverton Castle by the woman he had wronged. Her ghost still haunts the castle, her face scarcely visible, her long dark hair in neatly braided tresses down to her waist. She wanders from room to room in a slow, disconsolate manner, and occasionally her sobs break the silence.


Caergwrle Castle      Caergwrle, Flintshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Dark Lady      
This female form has been seen slowly moving around the grounds of the old castle; her feet several centimetres clear of the soft earth below.


Caernarfon Castle      Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Floating Lady      
This ghost, sometimes seen drifting down the corridors, tampers with any electrical equipment left out at night.


Caerphilly Castle       Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Scent      
An inexplicable smell of perfume at all times pevades the flag tower, inducing an equally inexplicable fear in those who venture there.


Caerphilly Castle       Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
The ghost of a green lady flits fearlessly from turret to turre.


Caerphilly Castle      Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Figure in Red      
A spectral figure dressed in red haunts the castle


Caerphilly Castle       Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Soldiers      
Ghostly soldiers patrol the battlements.


Caerphilly Castle      Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Omen, Hag      
The de Clare family were haunted by a Gwrach-y-rhibyn, warning them of an imminent death in the family. Since they moved away, the ghost is seen - drifting towards the castle. It disappears once it reaches the ruins


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Marquess of Bute      
The ghost of the second Marquess of Bute walks through the fireplace of the library. He leaves then leaves the library by passing through a six-foot-thick wall into a corridor. He then passes through the wall of the chapel and into the room in which he died.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
A "faceless vision in a flowing grayish-white skirt" appears in a stockroom disarranging items there.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Sarah      
The ghost of a faceless woman in a long skirt, called Sarah, is seen at the castle.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady walks down Queen Street, then stands on a bridge waving towards the castle


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Legend, Giant      
A three metre tall giant walks the castle park


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Omen, Sound of a coach      
A horse drawn coach is heard when a member of the Hastings family is about to die at the castle. It was last heard by John Boyle, the night his cousin the Marquis of Hastings died.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Poltergeist, Poltergeist      
The dining-hall of the castle is disturbed by a poltergeist each night. At 3:45am heavy doors open and shut by themselves and lights flash on and off.


Carew Castle      Pembroke, Dyfed˙, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Helen of Wales      
A ghostly figure, thought to be Princess Nest, known as the Helen of Wales, walks the castle grounds looking for something


Chepstow Castle      Chepstow, , Wales
Legend, Sleeping King      
A cave under the castle was once explored by a man who claimed to have seen King Arthur and his knights. He fled after making noise which made the knights stir.


Castell Coch      Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Dame Griffiths      
The young son of Dame Griffiths fell into a pool of dark water within the castle precincts and was never seen again. Dame Griffiths was inconsolable and died from her grief. Her ghost, a White Lady, wanders about the castle and its surrounding woods.


Castell Coch      Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Cavalier      
The ghost of a cavalier walks the castle grounds.


Castell Coch      Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
Legend, Three Eagles      
There is a hoard of buried treasure at the castle, protected by three supernatural eagles


Conwy Castle      , Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Bereaved Lord      
One of the lords at Plas Mawr had to leave Conwy to fight in a distant war. When he was due to return, his wife and child climbed the steep steps to a lookout tower. He did not appear, so the wife and child had to leave the tower when it grew dark. On the way down she slipped, and both of them fell to the bottom of the tower. They were taken to the lantern room and a Doctor Dic was summoned. He could do nothing to save them. Fearing the wrath of the lord upon his return, a servant locked Dr. Dic inside the lantern room with the dying mother and child. On the lord's return, the door was unlocked and he found the dead bodies of his wife and child, but there was no sign of Dr. Dic, who was was never seen again. The bereaved lord went mad with grief and died soon after. His ghost still seeks the vanished doctor in the lantern room.


Conwy Castle      , Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Figure in Cloak      
Walking around the battlements of the castle, this shadowy cloaked figure has been glimpsed by tourists.


Denbigh Castle      Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Young Man      
The son of the castle's builder was accused of having an affair with the land owner's daughter, and was thrown to his death from the partly completed tower. The dark ghostly figure seen dashing around the Goblin Tower is said to be his ghost.


Denbigh Castle      Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady is seen at the castle.


Denbigh Castle      Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
Legend, Dragon      
Local legend says that a dragon once resided in the castle. It was killed by a man with eight fingers on each hand.


Dinas Powys Castle      Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Legend, Man in Gold Laced Suit      
A spectral Man in Gold Laced Suit appeared to a poor spinning woman and guided her to a hidden box. She was instructed to send it to the Earl of Powys in London without opening it. She did so, and in return the Earl paid her rent for the rest of her life. The contents of the box were never revealed.


Dunraven Castle      St Brides Major, Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
The castle was demolished after World War II. The castle ruins are haunted by a little old lady in a blue dress who left behind her the smell of mimosa.


Dunraven Castle      St Brides Major, Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Ship Wrecker      
This castle (now demolished) was haunted by the ghost of a ship wrecker. The ghost appears on the anniversary of his death, walking the coastline, shouting and screaming.


Ewloe Castle      Deeside, Flintshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Singing      
A soft ghostly singing can be heard as the rain and wind buffet the castle.


Ewloe Castle      Deeside, Flintshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Soldiers      
The ghostly echo of marching soldiers haunt the castle.


Gwrych Castle      Llanddulas, Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Red      
The castle is haunted by a lady in pink (ie scarlet) thought to have been killed while riding to hounds.


Gwrych Castle      Llanddulas, Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
This castle is haunted by the ghost of a woman˙in white, who returned to the castle after her body was buried in unconsecrated ground.


Gwydir Castle      Llanrwst, Conwy Valley, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Maid      
Sir John Wynn murdered a maid at the castle after she threatened to make public their affair. He bricked her body up in a chimney, but the smell of the rotting corpse hung around the room for months afterwards. Her ghost is said to secrete the same stench. Sir John also continues to linger around the building, as does a large dog and several crying children.


Kidwelly      Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Gwenllian      
The female warrior Gwenllian, Princess of Wales, lost her head in battle in 1337 against the Norman at the site of the castle. Her headless ghost rode the area for many years afterwards. The haunting stopped when her head and body were located and buried together.


Manorbier Castle      Pembroke, Dyfed˙, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Black      
This female ghost dressed in black appears near the castle gatehouse each September.


Margam Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Robert Scott      
A former gamekeeper, Lincolnshire was murdered by a poacher. His ghost haunts the staircase in the hall.


Margam Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Victorian Children      
The ghosts of Victorian children haunt the castle.


Margam Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied Laughter      
The spectral sound of disembodied laughter is heard at the castle.


Newport Castle      Newport , Dyfed˙, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Robert FitzHamon      
The castle is haunted by the giant figure of FitzHamon who built it.


Ogmore Castle      Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Guard      
A ghost protects hidden treasure at the castle. This ghost once attacked a man who tried to take treasure and he died soon afterwards of a mysterious wasting disease.


Ogmore Castle      Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Woman      
The ghost of a woman haunts the castle.


Oystermouth Castle      Swansea Bay, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The castle grounds are haunted by this crying phantom with a bloody back.


Penard Castle      Penard, Gower Peninsula, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Gwrach-y-rhibyn      
The ghost of an old hag haunts the castle ruins.


Penhow Castle      Penhow, Gwent, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Girl       
A phantom young girl dressed for a kitchen has been reported in the great hall.


Penllyne Castle      Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Crested Dragons      
The dragons here were once said to be quite common, if not a little shy. They snacked on the local produce, and sparkled and shimmered when escaping farmers; they were eventually all killed.


Pennard Castle (ruins)      Penmaen, Caerphilly, Wales
Legend, Fairies      
The owner of this former castle once refused the local fairies the right to dance at his wedding party. The upset little people conjured up a massive storm which then destroyed the building. The site is now home to a Gwrach-y-rhibyn.


Powis Castle      Welshpool, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Man in Gold Laced Suit      
This haunting ended in 1780 when a new maid was placed in a haunted bedroom as a joke planned by the other workers; she listened to the ghost instead of running like so many had done in the past, and as a reward the supernatural being led her to a box hidden under a floorboard. This was later presented to her master who rewarded the maid with freedom and a cottage. The ghost was seen no more.


Raglan Castle      Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Bard      
A phantom musician reportedly haunts this building, particularly the area where a library once stood.


Roch Castle      Roch, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lucy Walters      
Lucy Walters, was first mistress of Charles II. Her ghost wearing a white dress runs around the castle, her dress flowing as she moves, passing through closed doors if they stand in her way.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Glowing Ball      
A strange spectral glowing ball of light can be seen at the castle.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
A woman decapitated her husband when she discovered him with a younger woman at the castle. In turn, she was beheaded for the act of revenge. Her ghost haunts the castle ruins.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, man in armour       
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a man in armor wearing only one gauntlet.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady Grey      
The ghost of Lady Grey wanders the hallways of the castle.


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Floating Eye      
The castle is haunted by a large floating eye that glows.


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Large Black Cat.˙      
The castle is haunted by a semi-transparent large black cat.˙


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Piano Music      
The spectral sounds of a piano is heard, when no-one is playing it.


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Omen, Old Hag      
The apparition is seen, looking like an old hag. This spectre heralds a death in the family much like a banshee, wailing in the night and scratching at windows.


West Orchard castle      St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady de Clare      
This white lady is said to have been buried alive by her cruel husband who incorrectly believed she was having an affair. Her ghost walks the castle and the surrounding area.


 

 

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