CULZEAN CASTLE, AYRSHIRE
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 nts.org.uk