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A 1930s haunting in Edinburgh, a chilling castle curse and a terrifying ordeal in a Highland church – our Halloween blog journeys into Scotland’s supernatural past with three gripping, ghostly tales.
Scotland’s castles, abbeys and churches often have bloody and harrowing tales associated with their long history so it’s no surprise that legends and ghost stories spring up. Join us as we take a peek at 13 of our favourites!
In the days before Halloween we explore the darker side of our collections
Sir Walter Scott’s ballads from the Scottish Borders include heroic adventures and fairy folklore. At atmospheric Smailholm Tower, an amazing collection of dolls brings these tales to life.
After the death of the 5th Earl of Huntly, some strange events took place at Huntly Castle. Rachel Pickering, from our Cultural Resources Team, examines the history behind the haunting.
Fancy a history lesson involving computer games and temporary tattoos? Discover how Scotland’s Urban Past are using unconventional methods to unlock the hidden history of our towns and cities.
This Halloween, meet the supernatural creatures to be found in Scottish folklore and hear the stories told by people from the communities where the tales originated. Gather round as Elsie Maclean from Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches spins a story!
From phantom pipers to cursed castles, Communications Correspondent Miriam Morris uncovers stories of Scotland’s haunted homes this Halloween
From monstrous carvings to grisly remains, we share some spooky stories from Scotland’s history this Halloween
Rediscovering an old Scottish tradition celebrated on the first Monday of the new year