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3 Haunted Castles in Dumfries and Galloway

| On 05, Sep 2017

Auchen Castle Hotel, Moffat

Sir Humphrey de Kirkpatrick built the Auchen Castle Hotel back in 1220…

Of course it wasn’t a hotel back then!

Over the centuries the historic castle came under the ownership of the Clan Johnstone and the Youngers brewery family.

Today, the castle is a luxurious hotel in which many famous and important people have stayed.

The hotel is said to be haunted by a young girl…

Members of staff and guests alike have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a small child running along the hotel’s corridors, on the staircase and in the hotel’s grounds.

These sightings all happened in the early hours of the morning!


Drumlanrig Castle, Queensberry Estate

The category A listed Drumlanrig Castle is located on the Queensberry Estate.

It’s the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

The 17th century Renaissance castle was built in 1679 from distinctive pink sandstone which lead to it being referred to as the Pink Palace of Drumlanrig.

The house was built on the site of a 14th century castle by the first Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas.

Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the original 14th century castle in 1563…

All that remains of the first castle is the cellar!

With such a long and ancient history, it’s no wonder that the castle is rumoured to be haunted by three ghosts…

Strangely, there’s a room at the castle called the Yellow Monkey Room which is said to be haunted by a large yellow monkey!

The ghostly apparition of Lady Anne Douglas has been seen by terrified witnesses walking around the castle with her bloodied severed head in her hands.

Now there’s another female phantom at Drumlanrig.

Her ghostly apparition is said to be wearing a long dress.


Sanquhar Castle, Sanquhar

Today, the 13th century Sanquhar Castle is sadly a ruin.

It was built by the Crichton family and in its time was visited by many historical figures such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Edward I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and James VI.

In the 17th century the castle was sold to Sir William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry who sadly let the castle get into a state of disrepair.

In 1895, John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute bought the castle and tried to restore it to its former glory.

Unfortunately, today the castle is now in a ruinous state.

The castle ruins are said to be haunted…

Most of the ghost stories date back to the period when it was owned by Robert Crichton.

Apparently, it’s said he was a very cruel man!

Terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a beautiful lady dressed in a white flowing dress walking around the castle’s grounds.

It’s believed that the ghostly White Lady is the spirit of Marion of Delpeddar.

It’s said that she was murdered by Robert Crichton at the end of the 16th century.

Strangely, in 1875 a skeleton of a young girl was unearthed in the castle grounds which many people believed was the murdered Marion!

Another skeleton was discovered in the 19th century under the castle vaults of a decapitated man.

Robert Crichton locked up a servant of Thomas Kilpatrick in his prison to spite him because he was in dispute with a close friend of his.

The man was called John Wilson and unfortunately for him Crichton had him hung when the dispute intensified.

Today, it’s said that the ghost of John Wilson roams the castle late at night!