With more than our fair share of castles and old stately homes, it's not a surprise that Scotland has no shortage of ghost stories. From a haunted dining room in the Scottish Borders to skeletons under the floorboards in Orkney, it's not just Halloween when things go bump in the night around here...

1. Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders, near Melrose, is the former residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. The house has a history of spooky tales that date back to Scott himself, when he heard what sounded like heavy furniture being dragged across the floor in the armoury below his bedroom, but, when he went downstairs to investigate, no one was there. If you fancy visiting Abbotsford House, be warned that Scott later died within its walls, and visitors have reported seeing his ghostly image looking down at them from the dining room window...


2. Eilean Donan Castle

The hauntingly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle, near Kyle of Lochalsh, is rumoured to be haunted by a soldier who was murdered in a siege in 1719 during the first Jacobite rebellion. The ghost of 'Lady Mary' has also been spotted in the castle's bedrooms.


3. Stirling Castle

If you're visiting Stirling Castle keep an eye out for the 'tour guide' dressed in full traditional Scottish dress: countless visitors over the years have reported asking him a question, mistaking him for a member of staff, before he's turned away and disappeared... The infamous Green Lady - believed to have been a servant to Mary, Queen of Scots - is also believed to haunt Stirling Castle, after she met her end while trying to save her master when a fire broke out in one of the bedrooms.


4. Greyfriars Kirkyard

While Greyfriars Kirkyard isn't a house (although some brave souls do live in the old apartments which back on to the graves), it's been described as 'one of the scariest places on earth'. While the cemetery is said to be home to many ghosts, perhaps the most famous is the Mackenzie Poltergeist, the malevolent spirit of Sir George MacKenzie, who has left people on ghost tours with burns, unexplained bruises, scratches and even broken fingers. Some tourists have even claimed the ghost followed them back to their hotel.


5. Culzean Castle

Perched on the edge of a cliff on the Ayrshire coast, Culzean Castle is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including a young woman wearing a ballgown and a ghostly piper. Residents have reported hearing the piper playing his pipes in the grounds, particularly on stormy nights.


6. Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, in Angus, is widely considered to be one of the most haunted locations across the British Isles. The former family home of the late Queen Mother, the castle is said to contain a secret room which was bricked up hundreds of years ago. Inside sits The Earl of Crawford, forever locked in a game of cards with Satan himself. During his life, the Earl was supposedly a cruel and twisted man, and his presence is still seen, heard and felt all across the castle. There are several reports of children waking up in the middle of the night to find a dark figure standing over their beds.


7. Skaill House

Perhaps the reason there have been so many ghost sightings and odd occurrences in Skaill House, in Orkney, is because it's said to built on top of an ancient Pictish burial ground. Visitors and staff have reported many strange sounds, doors opening and closing of their own accord, and the strong smell of a cigarette burning but no smoke. Skeletons were found under the flagstone in the main hall when it was lifted to be replaced by oak flooring in the twentieth century, when the decision was made to put them back carefully, where they remain to this day...