Chill-seekers who take a trip to Scotland this Halloween will be in for a treat (and maybe a scare) with new tours and plenty more ghostly goings-on.
The country is known for tales of spooks, gruesome murders, as well as some of the most spine-chilling locations and visitor attractions.
Fife itself is not stanger to spooky goings on – St Andrews – the historic seaside town is steeped in legend, with stories of ghosts of murdered archbishops, John Knox and even the Devil himself wandering the streets! The Cathedral ruins are said to be haunted by an unidentified lady in a long white dress with a veil, holding a book in her clasped hands.
From stories of Burke and Hare, to sightings of grey ladies in haunted castles, visitors will only left wanting to know if it was a friendly hand or a scarier one that clutched theirs in the night…
Mostly Ghostly Comlongon Ghost Tour
Location: Comlongon Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
Date: From 25 September 2016
Time: Various, see www.mostlyghostly.org
Price: £20 adult, £16 child, family ticket £56
Comlongon Ghost Tour is an exciting new partnership between Comlongon Castle near Dumfries and Mostly Ghostly Investigations. Dark history and haunting tales await. Guests can look forward to a spooky castle ghost tour, delicious food and the option of an overnight stay, all set in stunning countryside surroundings.
Location: The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
Date: Thursday, 27– Sunday, 30 October 2016
Time: 9pm (tour lasts one hour)
Price: £17.50 (16+)
Condemned is a new late night experience. Explore the chilling history and true story of one of the most haunted locations in Scotland with this one hour tour. This tour offers a frightening insight into the infamous witches and witchcraft of 18th century Edinburgh. Join a guide and travel back to a time when Mary King’s Close was open to the skies and fear and suspicion lingered around every corner. Pre-booking of tickets is highly recommended.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.realmarykingsclose.com
Up Close with Burke and Hare
Date: Monday, 31 October 2016 only
Time: 5pm (tour lasts 2 hour 15 minutes full evening experience, with complimentary drink)
Price: £30 (ages 8+)
From grave snatchers and resurrectionists to devious doctors and back street brothels, join this brand new tour as it starts at St Cuthbert’s graveyard in the city, with Burke and Hare as guides. As guests weave their way ever closer to the seedy Grassmarket they must be careful of the characters lurking in the shadows as the steps of the murderous duo are traced. A one-off tour for Halloween, Mercat Tours runs other tours around Halloween and throughout the year. Visit www.mercattours.com for more information.
Traquair House Historical Ghost Tours
Location: Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
Date: Friday, 28 October & Saturday, 29 October 2016
Time: 7pm and 9pm
Price: £12 (adult); £8 (child) (ages 8+)
For a very atmospheric visit Traquair House at night as these tours truly bring history alive and will get visitors into the spirit of Halloween. Guests will be on their guard for the odd unexpected surprise and then relax in the comfort of the eighteenth century dining room with a glass of mulled wine. Halloween themed meals are also available from the 1745 Cottage Restaurant, visit www.traquair.co.uk for full details.
For more information on Halloween events and spooky stories connected to Scotland, please visit www.visitscotland.com/halloween