Eilean Donan Castle

Region : Invernessshire
Location : Dornie

Details : Apart from some fragments of early defences beside the castle walls, the precise line of an earlier fort is buried.

The present castle was constructed in 1220 by Alexander II, it subsequently became a stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail (later the Earls of Seaforth) who installed the MacRaes as hereditary keepers. In 1719, it was destroyed whilst acting as a garrison for Spanish troops fighting for the Jacobite cause on behalf of the 5th Earl of Seaforth. Restoration work started two hundred years later and was not completed until 1932.

Paranormal Phenomena : said to be the haunt of a Spanish solider, killed either in the castle or at a nearby battle.  One of the bedrooms is alleged to be haunted by a ghost known only as Lady Mary.

Please see the locations webcam at: http://www.eileandonancastle.com/eilean-donan-webcam.htm

Castle Stuart

Region : Invernessshire
Location : Petty Parish, Inverness- Near to Culloden
Details : Built in 1625 by James Stuart, it was rebuilt in 1869 although soon left to ruin. Now restored and run as a hotel

Paranormal Phenomena : This castle has been rumoured to be haunted since the 18th century.
There have been recent discoveries of hidden rooms and staircases, previously walled up. According to the website of the castle : “The Three-Turret Haunted Bedroom at the top of the East Tower is the room where, a long time ago, when the Earl of Moray was looking for someone to spend the night at Castle Stuart to prove to everyone that it was not haunted – he asked the minister at Petty Church to offer a £20 reward. The local poacher, known as Big Angus, was neither afraid of man nor beast and he’s recorded to have spent the night in this room. The next morning, unfortunately they found his body in the courtyard, dead, with a look of horror frozen on his face. “