SPOOKY SCOTLAND; SCREAMS, SPECTRES AND NOISY SPIRITS Ghostly tour of some of the nation's most haunted locations.
WITH a bloody history and countless tales of treachery, witchcraft and murder, it's no wonder Scotland is home to many paranormal hotspots.
Tomorrow is Halloween, the one night of the year the spirit world can make contact with the physical world and when magic is at its most potent.
Here we look at some of the spookiest places in the country.
Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
Forget the stories of the faithful dog, this graveyard is home to one of the most violent poltergeists in the country.
Since 1990 there have been 350 reported attacks and 170 people have collapsed there. The cause is thought to be the ghost of Sir George Mackenzie, a judge in the 17th century who executed many Covenanters.
Lordscairnie Castle, near Cupar, Fife
This was built for the Earls of Crawford in the 15th century. It is said that every Hogmanay at the stroke of midnight, the fourth Earl of Crawford is seen playing cards with the devil in the ruins.
Ethie Castle, near Arbroath, Angus
Built by monks in 1300, the castle is home to three ghosts. The first is David Beaton, the murdered abbot of Arbroath, often seen near his bedroom. The second is ayoung boy whose remains were found in a secret room. His ghost can be heard running around the hidden room. The last ghost is a grey lady who walks in the castle grounds and whose appearance is a sign the owner of the house is going to die.
Dalmarnock Bridge, Glasgow
The road bridge is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who committed suicide. His spirit gazes down into the water and people often mistake him for aliving person.
Hermitage Castle, Roxburghshire
This 13th century castle has several ghosts. One is Sir Alexander Ramsay who starved to death in the dungeon.
His figure wanders the ruins. Another is Lord Soulis, a man widely believed to have practised black magic rituals on children.
Legend says that local people stormed the castle and wrapped Soulis in lead before throwing him into a boiling cauldron.
Mary King's Close, Edinburgh
This street was sealed in the 17th century to contain the plague, with many people said to have been imprisoned within.
Years later, when it was reopened, sightings of hideous ghosts became common.
Visitors have also claimed to have felt a sinister force although the most common sighting is of a five-year-old girl, nicknamed Annie.
Yvette Fielding, presenter of TV show Most Haunted, said it was one of the most terrifying places she had investigated.
Iona, Inner Hebrides
The holy island was attacked by Vikings on many occasions and ghostly longboats are said to still glide into the harbour at night.
Others report having seen the ghosts of monks around the abbey on the island.
Tay Bridge, Dundee
Aterrible storm destroyed the rail bridge on December 28, 1879, killing 79 people.
Ever since, there have been sightings of a ghostly train and the screams of passengers can be heard on the anniversary of the accident.
HAUNTED: From top - Greyfriars Kirk, Lordscairnie Castle and Iona Abbey
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 30, 2006|
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