The dark nights full of eerie shadows mean one thing, Halloween is nearly here!
Dressing up, dooking for apples and watching scary movies with treats are great fun but Scotland’s the perfect place to send a shiver down your spine. We live in a country with more than its fair share of spooky locations so visit a scary location and give yourself a scare this year.
Our capital is rich in history, so there’s few places in the city that don’t have a ghost story attached, Edinburgh Castle included. For a ghostly outing visit Greyfriars Kirkyard in the Old Town where Mackenzie’s poltergeist has been rumoured to plague visitors for decades.
Rumour has it that behind its newly refurbished exterior the Theatre Royal is Glasgow’s most haunted. The city’s oldest theatre first opened its doors in 1867, since it’s gathered a collection of rumoured spectres. The ghost of Nora, a cleaning lady whose ambitions of acting came to abrupt end when she was booed off stage in her debut, leading to her suicide and a fireman killed in a 1969 fire are said to cause havoc.
For Halloween weekend Blair Drummond Safari park has fun family events lined up, including pumpkin carving.
Stirling Castle has centuries of history and has collected more than its fair share of ghostly characters – a broken hearted, pretty noblewoman purportedly roams the castle searching for a long lost love.
At Castle Fraser in Kemnay this weekend there’s a chance to dress up and make your own potion at its Marvellous Medicinal Mayhem event, if you go along keep an eye out, there will be strange characters lurking around the castle.
For a truly chilling trip head to the coast to Bram Stoker’s favourite holiday destination, Cruden Bay, and explore decaying Slains Castle. It inspired Dracula.
Up in the wild northern isles The WindHouse on the sparsely populated island of Yell, one of the Shetland isles, is reportedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain. Yell itself is barren moorland and the house was built on the site of Celtic burial-ground in 1707 – surely inviting ghostly visits.
Now ruined, not one but two skeletons have been found by work men working on the house. In the grounds a ring of lighter grass marks the site where a shipwrecked sailor is to have defeated a monstrous mass one unfortunate Christmas Eve – visit the ruined house on the hill this Halloween, if you dare.