In a country full of ancient castles, Scottish battlefields and stone circles, is it any wonder that Inverness and Loch Ness is home to a ghost or two?
We have all heard of Scotland’s haunted castles, but here we have found you three spooky Inverness ghost stories for you to give you the chills this Halloween…
Eden Court, Theatre and Conference Centre
At first glance, Eden Court in Inverness seems to be a modern theatre and cinema – how can there be a ghost haunting a lively place like this?
But not all parts of the theatre are modern. 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!
Culloden Battlefield, Inverness
The battle of Culloden was the last battle ever fought on British soil. In just under one hour, the Jacobite army of “Bonnie Prince Charlie” was defeated by well-armed government troops.
The bloody battle never ended for the ghosts of Jacobite soldiers, whose battle cries can still be heard on the anniversary of the battle, the 16th April. Visitors to the battlefield have also reported seeing the Culloden battlefield ghosts near the clan graves.
The atmosphere on the battlefield is so sombre that birds are never heard singing near the graves of the fallen soldiers!
Walk among the ghosts of Culloden Moor and visit the battlefield is free of charge, but don’t miss the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre that gives you an insight into what happened on that fateful day in 1746.
Rait Castle, near Cawdor
If you’re looking for a real Inverness Ghost Tour, the ruins of Rait Castle, between Cawdor and Nairn is a must in places to visit in Inverness. This historic Scottish castle is home to the ghost of a young girl with a tragic fate, in a true Romeo and Juliet love story…
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.
Visit the spooky ruins of Castle Rait free of charge. Please note, it is muddy and overgrown, so do proceed with caution.