1. Boleskine Graveyard: A Must For Halloween In Inverness and Loch Ness
Boleskine graveyard and the nearby Boleskine House on the South Side of Loch Ness have long since had a reputation for unusual activities. Boleskine House was originally built as a hunting lodge, but it became famous when it was bought by occultist Aleister Crowley in 1899. Crowley is said to have carried out occult experiments and black magic at Boleskine, and many say the “bad vibes” from that time can still be felt today! Which is why it is one of our favourite haunted places in Inverness and Loch Ness. The unusual history of the house also includes ownership by rocker Jimmy Page, who was fascinated by Crowley. The house is in private ownership and cannot be visited, but the nearby Boleskine graveyard is no less fascinating. It is situated at the site of a medieval church, which has now disappeared. But the mort-house and historic gravestones can be explored. The mort-house was where bodies were stored in their coffins until they could no longer be used by body snatchers! If you visit the graveyard at Halloween, let us know if you encounter any spooky goings-on – or just some fascinating history!
2. Tomnahurich Hill: The Grave Truth Of the Fairy Hill
Tomnahurich Hill – from the Gaelic “Hill of the yew trees” – on the outskirts of Inverness, had a reputation in ancient times of being the home of fairies. These fairies were said to lure unsuspecting travellers into their home under the hill, where there would be music and they would dance all night. But once the travellers would leave to go home in the morning, they would find that they had been enchanted by the fairies, and not one night, but a hundred years had passed! Tomnahurich Hill was the main cemetery for Inverness for many years, and you can still see the many imposing monuments to important local figures of the day. A tranquil and peaceful walk leads to the top of the hill – just watch out for the fairies!
3. Clava Cairns: One Of Our Favourite Places To Visit This Halloween
The Clava Cairns are a mysterious, pre-historic site near Inverness. This ancient burial site with stone circles and chambered cairns is about 4,000 years old – and for fans of the TV series Outlander, it’s the only place to be this Halloween in Inverness and Loch Ness! Clava Cairns are said to be the inspiration for “Craigh Na Dun”, the stone circle where Claire travels through time in the TV series – and this of course happened at “Samhain”, the ancient Celtic festival which we celebrate today as Halloween!
So there you have it. Three haunted places to visit this Halloween in Inverness and Loch Ness. If you happen to be in our boo-tiful city this Halloween, proceed with care.