Sanquhar Castle

Region : Dumfriesshire
Location : Situated on the southern approach to the former royal burgh of Sanquhar
Details : Known as Crichton Castle it consists of ruinous ranges of buildings from the 14th to 16th centuries, enclosing a small courtyard. The castle was a property of the Crichtons, and probably first built about 1370. Sir William Crichton (Willian de Kreitton), Chancellor of Scotland, entertained the young Earl of Douglas and his brother before having them murdered in 1440 at the ‘Black Dinner’ in Edinburgh Castle. John Forrester slighted the castle in retaliation. The Crichtons were forfeited for treason in 1488, and the property later passed to Patrick Hepburn, Lord Hailes, who was made Earl of Bothwell. Crichton passed through the hands of many families, was abandoned, and became a romantic ruin. It was put into the care of the State in 1926. For more details see the undiscovered scotland feature page.

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Spynie Palace

Region : Elgin
Location : Elgin IV30 5QG
Details : the former palace of the Bishops of Moray, it consists of a massive 15th century tower called Davy’s Tower located at one corner of a large walled courtyard. The palace was probably first built by Bishop Innes. Bishop David Stewart later built the great keep known as Davy’s Tower. The palace was abandoned in 1688 and rapidly fell into disrepair. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

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Stirling Castle

Region : Stirlingshire
Location : Stirling
Details : With the exception of the Outer Defences, Stirling Castle dates to between 1496 and 1583.
Paranormal Phenomena : Stirling is alleged to have the ghost of a young girl wearing pink, flowing robes.

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Sundrum Castle

Region : Ayrshire
Location : West Bay, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA6 5JH
Details : The castle dates from the 14th century and belonged to the Wallaces. It was converted into a mansion in the 1790’s.
Paranormal Phenomena : The castle is said to be the haunt of a Green Lady