6 scary Highland haunts to visit this Halloween
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It was on the moor in 1746 that the bloody Battle of Culloden took place. In barely 40 minutes, thousands of clansmen were cut down and the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated, ending the Jacobite rebellion. Cries, sword clashes and gunfire have all been heard at the battlefield and a forlorn looking Highlander is said to haunt the area, allegedly murmuring the word 'defeated' when encountered. Courtesy of www.visitscotland.com
In the days of clan warfare, the Clan Cumming of Rait invited their enemies, the Mackintoshes, to a banquet with the dastardly plan to murder their guests at the dinner table. The daughter of the Cummings chief, however, was in love with a young Mackintosh boy and gave away the plan in order to save her lover. On the night of the dinner, Clan Mackintosh came prepared and attacked their hosts before Clan Cumming could go through with their plan. In a rage, the Cumming Clan chief confronted his daughter with a broadsword and cut off her hands before she jumped out of a window and was tragically killed. Visitors have reported seeing the ghost of this handless girl still roaming the castle.
Tulloch Castle in Dingwall is said to be haunted by a green lady and also two teenage girls.
The Massacre of Glencoe took place on February 13, 1692. An estimated 30 members and associates of Clan MacDonald were killed by government forces as they slept in their beds, on the grounds they had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs. Some members of the clan fled to the surrounding mountains, but died of exposure in the bitterly cold mountain landscape. Nowadays people have claimed to see re-enactments of the slaughter, or heard screams in the glen, particularly around the anniversary.
Eden Court Theatre
The building takes its name from Robert Eden, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, for whom the Gothic mansion was built. Known as "Bishop's Palace" it dates back to the time of Bishop Eden in the late nineteenth century. The Bishop's wife reportedly committed suicide here and haunts the buildings of Eden Court to this day! Courtesy of www.visitinvernesslochness.com
A young woman is said to haunt the Seamstress's Room in the upper floors. The story goes that in the 15th century the Earl of Sutherland imprisoned a beautiful young woman from a rival clan, with plans to marry her. She tried to escape by climbing down a rope of sheets, but fell to her death. Sounds of her crying can still be heard coming from the room to this day. Courtesy of www.visitscotland.com
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