Explore Scotland’s spooky history this Halloween. There are so many historic and potentially haunted locations to visit this October, and a range of different ghostly events to take advantage of over autumn!
Check out some of our top picks for 'haunted' places to visit in Scotland and make the most of our £1 entry offer at National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Historic Houses destinations.
Visit this ruined castle in Aberdeenshire and discover its ghostly history. The ancestral home of Clan Gordon, Castle Huntly's surviving remains chart the development of the castle in Scotland, from the motte and bailey of the 1100s, through to the tower house of the later Middle Ages and the stately stone palace of the Jacobean era.
There is rumoured to be a ghost called ‘The Green Lady’ who died a tragic death and roams the grounds. Explore the castle this Halloween and uncover its many haunting stories.
Where: Huntly Castle, Castle Avenue, Huntly, AB54 4SH
The nearest train station is Huntly, a fifteen-minute walk from the castle. There are regular trains from Aberdeen, as well as buses from Inverurie.
Find out more about Huntly Castle.
This fascinating property is incredibly important to Scotland's history. Fifteen hundred years ago it was the capital of the Picts. Since then, it has been the seat of parliaments and the location where Scottish kings were crowned, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce! There have been many stories and creepy happenings in this castle and grounds, all you have to do is visit and find out about them!
Check out their Halloween themed event, including face painting, scary stories and a spooky night walk around the grounds (this is a special event and not included in the £1 entry offer for young Scots).
Where: Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland PH2 6BD.
The nearest train station is in Perth, 3 miles away and there are regular local buses from Perth to the castle.
Find out more information about Scone Palace.
Surrounded by lush nature and hills, Brodick Castle was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and is rich with stories to be discovered.
Several ghosts are rumoured to inhabit the castle, including a mysterious figure who lurks in the library; a 'White Deer' only seen, it is said, when the Clan Chief of the Hamiltons is near death; and a 'Grey Lady' who allegedly died on the property.
Check out the Ghost Walks at Brodick Castle for a fun Halloween activity (these are special events and are not included in the £1 entry offer for young Scots).
Where: Brodick Castle, Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HYOS.
The castle is 2 miles north of Brodick CalMac ferry terminal. The castle is a 30-minute walk from the small Co-op car park in the centre of the village. There are regular ferries from Glasgow to Arran.
Find out more about Brodick Castle.
Travelling by train or bus?
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