Sterling Castle |History and Its Hauntings!

The court yard where a lion was kept.

Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland and sits on a extinct volcano.

Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but a few structures of the fourteenth century remain.

Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the English in the summer of 1314.


There are a few reported spirits at Stirling Castle. The most active sighting is of the Highland ghost. Staff and visitors have often seen his apparition, often wearing a full traditional costume, kilt and all. Mistaken for a tour guide on many occasion, visitors have been shocked when they approach him, he simply turns and walks away, vanishing in front of their eyes.

In 1935, the Highland ghost was apparently captured on camera by an architect who was carrying out some surveying for upcoming building work. This phantom image also appears on the negative too.

Perhaps the most popular of Stirling’s ghosts is the Green Lady. It’s believed that she was a servant to Mary Queen of Scots. One night the Queen was asleep in her chamber when her bed curtains were set alight by a candle at her bedside. The servant saved her life, only she lost her own in the process. Ever since her death, the Green Lady has been seen throughout the castle, possibly still looking to serve the Queen.

Some stories suggest that Mary Queen of Scots herself is said to still haunt the castle. She has been linked to the ghost of the Pink Lady. She’s seen wearing a flowing pink gown, often walking from the castle to the nearby Church of the Holyrood. Other stories suggest that the Pink Lady is a widow looking for her husband who lost his life during the battle.

Other reports are of phantom footsteps in the Governor’s Block, believed to emanate from one fo the empty chambers upstairs.

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