The Herald Magazine - - COVER STORY -

On stormy nights the sound of phan­tom bag­pipes is said to echo around Culzean Cas­tle on the South Ayr­shire coast. Leg­end has it that a piper was ex­plor­ing caves un­der­neath the cas­tle when he dis­ap­peared. His ghost is of­ten re­ported in the grounds, both on Piper’s Brae and by the ru­ined church.

Other ap­pari­tions in­clude a white lady, a ballgown-wear­ing spec­tre and the screams of Com­menda­tor of Cross­raguel Abbey, Al­lan Ste­wart, who was roasted on a spit in the dun­geons by Gil­bert Kennedy, 4th Earl of Cas­silis, in a land row dur­ing the 16th cen­tury.

Ste­wart sur­vived but his tor­tured cries are still said to res­onate through the cas­tle walls.

Foot­note: this writer once spent a night with a ghost-hunt­ing team at Culzean Cas­tle and had to take her­self off to May­bole for a calm­ing fish sup­per (there’s a sen­tence I never thought I would write). Visit

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