Scotland is a moody and brooding country that makes it all the more atmospheric for haunted castles. There is no shortage of old and ruined castles in Scotland, some of which are said to be haunted. Some of these castles are nestled in Scotland's vaunted Highlands (that everyone should visit).

What better way to visit and experience Scotland than by visiting or even staying the night in the haunted castles of Dunalastair, Brodick, and Dornoch? Scotland has so much to offer including plenty by way of foreboding and castles with the ghosts of the past lurking through the corridors and ruins.

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Dunalastair Estate - The Abandoned Castle

The Dunalastair Estate is abandoned and is the haunt of cawing crows. It was once the home of the Robertson family, but it was destroyed by fire after Scotland's tumultuous 1745 uprising. After that a double tower house was built in around 1800.

The current house was completed in 1859, but now it lies a ruin. For anyone looking for ghosts in Scotland, a glance at this foreboding estate is enough to chill anyone's spine. It was used up until World War One after which it was abandoned in part because the staff needed to run it was no longer available.

  • Status: Abandoned And Derelict

During WW2 it was even requisitioned and used as a Polish boys’ and then girls’ school but suffered considerable damage over this period. It was badly vandalized in the 1960s, and now it is in a bad derelict shape.

The once impressive estate is overlooked by the commanding peak of Schiehallion - a conical mountain that is sometimes rendered as "Fairy Hill of the Caledonians" in English.

While the estate is on private land and closed to the public, it is possible to stay on the Dunalastair Estate Holiday Cottages. The holiday cottages were built to house the staff when the estate was at its peak before WW1. There is quite a selection of holiday cottages to choose from - here is one example.

The Old Laundry Cottage:

One of the Holiday Cottages on Dunalastair Estate is the Old Laundry. This cottage has one bedroom and sleeps two. It is rustic with wooden floors and a huge studio-style living room, measuring 10 meters by 7 meters, which has five large windows on the views.

  • Pets: The Cottage Is Suitable For Dogs
  • Prices: Inquire For Prices

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Dornoch Castle - The Haunted Castle

Another of Scotland's haunted castles is Dornoch castle just opposite the Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland's Sutherland region. This eye-catching castle is located in the very north of the Scottish Highlands around 40 miles or 64 kilometers north of Inverness.

Dornoch castle was first built around 1500 as a home for the bishops of Caithness but was gifted to the 11th Earl of Sutherland in 1557. In the 1700s the castle decayed but was restored in the early 1800s and was used as a school and a jail. Later on, it became a courthouse and the headquarters of the Sheriff of Sutherland.

Later on, it found yet another use as a hunting lodge, and finally, since 1947, it has been a family-run hotel with 24 rooms.

Dornoch Castle is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Andrew McCornish who was hanged for sheep stealing.

  • Haunted: by The Ghost of Andrew McCornish
  • Open: As A Family Run Hotel
  • Rate: From $150.00 per Night For Two

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Brodick Castle - The Castle On The Isles

A third haunted castle in Scotland is Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran. It was once the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland

There has been a Gaelic fortress on this site as far back as at least the fifth century owing to its strategic position on the Firth of Clyde. In the thirteenth century, it was part of the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles (the Isle of Man remains a separate country to this day and everyone should visit).

Today the castle is open to the public and one can visit this haunted castle of the Scottish isles. It is a grand baronial castle and estate for the perfect family day out on the Isle of Arran.

The castle has been furnished with a Victorian arcade, mood lighting and evocative sounds, period furniture, silverware, porcelain, paintings and sporting trophies.

  • Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 5.00 pm

Admission Fees:

  • Adult: £14.50 ($18.00)
  • Child: £8.50 ($11.00)