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24th October 2016 | Regional News

Get Spooky in Scotland this Halloween


Scotland is renowned for its history, so it’s not surprising that it’s home to some of the most mysterious and haunted places in the UK. From isolated battlefields, to ancient castles, Scotland is the perfect destination for those looking to get in the spooky spirit this Halloween.

Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve chosen some of the most haunted destinations in Scotland which are in close proximity to our holiday parks.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

The Battle of Culloden took place on Culloden Moor back in 1746, and is renowned for being one of the bloodiest fights in history. After just 40 minutes of fighting, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s entire army was killed, ending the Jacobite Rebellion.

The battlefield can still be visited today, and the Ghost of Culloden Moor is said to haunt the area, mumbling the word “defeated”. Apparently, birds never sing when they are near the old grave mounds, and if you listen carefully you might be able to hear faint battle cries and even gunfire. There are also numerous wells which surround the battlefield, and it’s been reported that St Mary’s Well is also haunted by the ghosts of dead Highlanders.

Culloden Battlefield is near Inverness, and just a 25-minute drive from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park. It’s part of the National Trust for Scotland, and there’s a visitor centre if you’re interested in finding out more information about the battle. The car park for the visitor’s centre is located off the B9006 from Inverness or Croy.

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle is one of the most majestic places in Scotland, with Château style architecture and stunning gardens. Originally home to the Dukes of Sutherland, it’s now one of Britain’s oldest inhabited houses.

As a place with so much history, it’s not surprising that Dunrobin Castle is said to be haunted. Back in the 15th century, it’s rumoured that the Earl of Sutherland imprisoned a young maiden, who fell to her death from a window when she tried to escape. Since then, the story goes that she has continued to haunt the Seamstress’s Room on the upper floors, and the sound of her crying can allegedly still be heard.

If you are staying at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame, Dunrobin Castle is just over 20-minutes away and is definitely worth a visit. As well as exploring the castle and grounds, you can also enjoy falconry displays which are held throughout the day.

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

When it comes to haunted locations, there aren’t many places that are much creepier than Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire Coast. It sits right on the cliff’s edge and looks as formidable on the outside as it does on the inside. It’s rumoured to be home to at least seven ghosts.

The castle was originally owned by the Kennedy clan, who were a powerful Ayrshire family, and the Ghostly Piper is said to be one of their ancestors. Whenever a member of the Kennedy family gets married, it’s rumoured that the Piper’s music can be heard throughout the grounds of the castle. Several other ghosts are said to haunt the castle, including a woman wearing a ball gown, and a misty shape which moves up and down the staircases.

Just over 30 minutes from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, Culzean Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. It’s surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, woodlands and even a deer park, so there is plenty to see outside as well as the castle itself.

The Kinmount Straight

A fifteen mile stretch of the A75 between Gretna and Dumfries is renowned for being Britain’s most haunted highway. Known as the Kinmount Straight, many unexplained incidents have happened on the road over the years, and some people refuse to travel on it at night.

Back in the 1960s, two brothers claimed to witness a number of strange encounters as they travelled down the Kinmount Straight. Apparently, a large hen flew towards their windscreen, followed by an old woman waving her arms and an assortment of other animals. Other ghostly figures have also been reported, but have always disappeared.

Not far from Southerness Holiday Park, if you’re driving down the Kinmount Straight we recommend visiting Dumfries.

If you’ve had any spooky experiences in Scotland that you would like to share, then get in touch via our Twitter or Facebook page.

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