Doune Castle

Region : Stirlingshire
Location : In Doune, 10m NW of Stirling – see also castleuk.net website
Details : built in the late 14thC by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. King James confiscated the castle which became a Royal hunting lodge. In 1528 it was given back to the descendant of Albany and from him to the earls of Moray who still own the property. Mary Queen of Scots used the castle and forces loyal to her held the castle until 1570. It was occupied by Montrose in 1646 and by Williamite forces in 1689. During the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 government forces held Doune. However, in the 1745 it was taken by the Jacobites of Bonnie Prince Charlie and used as a prison.

There is a detailed page about Doune on the undiscovered scotland website

Paranormal Phenomena : The Castle is alleged to be haunted by Mary Queen of Scots who was exiled there. Photographs have periodically revealed “spirit balls” that appear associated with an outcast woman in blood velvet looking out a window according to a spiritual “sensitive.

Culcreuch Castle

Region : Stirlingshire
Location : Culcreuch Estate, Fintry

Details : originally a property of the Galbraiths of Culcreuch, but sold to the Setons in 1630, then to the Napiers two years later. In 1796 it was acquired by Alexander Speirs, who built a large and profitable cotton mill on his estate, but had passed from the family in 1875. The building is now a hotel.

Paranormal Phenomena : Culcreuch Castle is reputed to have several ghosts. The Phantom Harper of Culcreuch relates to events believed to have taken place in 1582. One of the Buchannan family was mortally wounded by Robert Galbraith, son of the 16th chief. The dying man was taken to what is now the Chinese Bird Room, accompanied by his mistress. When he died, to comfort herself she began to play a wire-strung harp, known as a Clarsach in Gaelic – and it is said that her soft music has often been heard since, particularly in the dead of night. The music has been reported from this and its adjoining room and also in the Laird’s Hall.

Sightings of a severed animal head have also been reported, which apparently flies around the battlements.

Another manifestation is that of a cold grey mass, about the height and proportions of a human. This has been reported in all areas of the castle. Other activity which was kept back from the investigation flyer included, feelings of depression in the bar area, customers who refuse to sit in the end room of the bar and feelings of being touched

Castle Cary

Region : Stirlingshire
Location : Castlecary village off the A80.

Details : Built in 1478, the castle is in two halves : an old tower which is a classic Scottish tower house, and a new (1679) extension that was built after the original wing fell down some years before.

Paranormal Phenomena : General William Baillie of Letham, was a noted Covenanter. When Baillie died is not known, but his ghost has been reported at Castle Cary. The haunting at the castle is said to be a rather noisy spirit, and most of the strange noises heard in and around the castle are attributed to him. A few folk have seen the ghost of Baillie. Most sightings are made from the garden. Visitors have looked up at the tower and seen his figure looking back at them from an upper window.

It is also claimed to have a White Lady in residence. folklore tells that one of the Lairds called Baillie had a daughter known as Elizabeth, or Lizzie. He discovered that she had fallen in love with a young laird from the Lennox. He was the proprietor of just a few acres, and worst still, his surname was Graham. It was the Grahams under Montrose who had been responsible for setting the castle alight during the years of persecution. Baillie was so angry that he ripped up the letter and sent for his daughter. He took his daughter up to the uppermost garret in the old tower where he locked her up. Feeding her only on bread and water, he intended keeping her there until such time as she saw sense. In an attempt at escape Lizzie climbed on to the parapet of the castle and jumped over the edge. She fell four storeys down to the sheet where she was safely caught. Lizzie and the young Graham then stole away into the night. It is her spirit that is believed to return to Castle Cary as a White Lady. She has been reported in various parts of the castle, most sightings, however, seem to have taken place on the principal stairway.

Sources : castle-cary

Buchanan Castle

Region :Stirlingshire
Location : west of the village of Drymen

Details : Buchanan castle was built by the architect William Burn in 1852 after the Buchanan House was destroyed by fire The castle was completed in 1855. It was used as a hotel for a short time in the 1930s and used as a military hospital during the second world war. The roof was removed in 1955 to avoid paying tax on the property and the castle quickly deteriorated into the ruinous state shown in these Images . Today it is a condemmed building with trees growing out of it and posted warnings to keep well back from the walls. In 2003, a planning application was turned down to demolish the internal walls of Buchanan Castle and retain only the south and east walls and create 39 flats there.
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Airth Castle

Region :Stirlingshire
Location : Kincardine Bridge on A905

Details : The Castle incorporates a 14th century keep which is now known as Wallace’s Tower. In the 15th century the Bruce family created much of the present castle although further extended in the 16th and 19th centuries.
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