Top Ten Tuesday - Haunted Scotland

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is - Halloween Freebie

So I’m doing Haunted Scotland


Scotland, my home country is known for its many myths and legends, here are my ten favourites!

1 - The Flannan Isles Mystery

Flannan Isles Lighthouse Scotland
(C) Northern Lighthouse Board

December 1900, three keepers on the remote Flannan Isle mysteriously vanish, no trace of them is ever found.  Theories range from them being swept in to the sea to UFO’s abducting them.  The Northern Lighthouse Board have a good page about it.


2 - The Gorbals Vampire

(C) DiscoveryScotland.Com

Before Twilight there was the Gorbals vampire.  Back in the 1950’s the Southern Necropolis Cemetery in Glasgow was mobbed by hysterical children armed with weapons looking for a “Vampire with Iron Teeth” who was alleged to have eaten two children.  This was actually supposed to have been caused by a comic book of the time which showed a vampire with...yes you guessed it, iron teeth!


3 - Underground Edinburgh


Edinburgh has quite a spooky history and there is nothing more spookier than the underground vaults.  I had the misfortune to find myself on a midnight ghost tour of one of these vaults and I was quite frankly terrified.  Yes they were dark but I have a feeling even in the light of day these vaults would feel sinister.  Rumour has it Burke and Hare used the vaults to search for victims.  Edinburgh also has the notorious Mary King’s Close, apparently it was closed off when the residents caught the plague leaving them all to die.


4 - Arthurs Seat Dolls 

(C) National Museum of Scotland

In 1836 some boys headed up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano by Edinburgh to hunt, they discovered something else altogether.  
They found a series of small coffins concealed with in a cave, each coffin contained a small wooden figure.  Why where they there, witchcraft has been mentioned, Burke and Hare have been mentioned.  The National Museum of Scotland has a really interesting page devoted to this mystery if you want to read more.


5 - Culloden Moor

(C) National Trust for Scotland
Culloden Moor, near Inverness, is where the last major battle on British soil, where the Stuart supporting Jacobite soldier met a horrible end against the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops.  The moor is the resting place of 1600 men, 1500 of them, Jacobites.  I have visited Culloden and I remember clearly it was a beautiful sunny day but the atmosphere on the battlefield was chilling.  I’ve spoken to others who have been there and they have felt the same way too.  It’s not a place I’d want to venture at night.


6 - Overtoun Bridge

(C) The Independent

This bridge is known as the Dog Suicide Bridge, for unknown reasons dogs have been leaping 50ft to their deaths.  Depending on where you look estimates have it between 300 - 600 animals losing their lives.  But why?  Superstitions say that a ghost called the White Lady is behind it, they also say that it could be a place where Heaven and Earth overlap.  Sceptics say dogs are smelling the small mammals that roam under the bridge.  Whatever the cause, locals say the place is definitely eerie.

7 - Bonnybridge

(C) SWNS
You’ve heard of Roswell, You’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle but have you heard of the Falkirk Triangle? Bonnybridge is located within this triangle and for some reason ET has been seriously making himself known in this are.  Hundreds of sightings are reported each year!  However the location also sits within the flight paths of both Glasgow and Edinburgh airport which I am sure has nothing to do with the lights๐Ÿง


8 - Ballechin House
Photographer Unknown
Ballechin House is just down the road from where I live.  I used to drive past it twice a day, sometimes at night, my eyes were firmly on the road just in case I saw anything spooky.  The old owner was slightly eccentric and came back from India with some new beliefs including reincarnation, he believed he would come back as his dog. He is said to have preferred the company of dogs to humans, when he eventually died, his nephew took over the property and the first thing he did was kill all the dogs.  You can read more about it here.


9 - Glamis Castle

(C) Ian Robinson
Glamis Castle, The inspiration for Macbeth, Childhood home of our monarch and location for a ton of horrific and spooky stories.  Kings have been murdered here, Witches lived here, The White Lady still has a place in the chapel reserved for her.  The list goes on,  I have never been but I think once lockdown is relaxed I shall persuade the family to make a trip.


10 - The IX Legion
(C) BBC

Rome’s 9th Legion is the stuff of legends, 5000 soldiers vanished somewhere in Scotland....possibly.  With this happening a considerably long time ago - 2nd Century AD - there is of course some dispute.  Did the Celts ambush the unlucky legion?  We certainly know the legion made in to York in England where there is physical evidence of them staying in the area but after a while records of the legion seem to disappear.  Did they vanish, where they slaughtered or did they simply just break up in to smaller groups and scatter across Europe?  

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  1. Love your take on this week's topic! I really need to go back to Scotland, I've only been once. One of the latest episodes of Buzzfeed Unsolved just looked at the Flannan Isles disappearances!

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    1. Thanks Jess, I have great fun researching it! Oo I’ve not seen Buzzfeed Unsolved, I shall seek it out!

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  2. Pleease please please can me and Elza come visit you?? Okay maybe Elza is to scaridy cat. I'll bring Stinkie... !! Aaaaah I love your post. And when I opened it, my first thought was - I hope she remembers Macbeth (the ORIGINAL he who must not be named. I wonder how many people know that??).

    I got chills just from looking at your photos. That lighthouse story, there's a movie about that if I'm not mistaken?

    Great job Heather! You can use this post as a feature post. Love it!!!

    Here's my boring Should have, could have, would have Halloween reads

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    1. You can totally come and visit but my dog hasn’t ever gotten close to a cat she likes!

      There is a lighthouse film with the dude from twilight in it but I’m not sure if it based on this, its on my movie channel just now, I might need to watch it for research!

      Thank you my dear, I love living in such a spooky country!!

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  3. I absolutely adore Scotland! Unfortunately, I've only ever been to Culloden, but I've just added these to my ever-growing "places to go in Scotland" list!

    My TTT: https://geekygalaxy.co.uk/top-ten-tuesday-books-featuring-paranormal-creatures/

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    1. Culloden was very spooky! I really must travel round more of my country, I have a large to visit list!

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  4. I love this idea for TTT! I've never been to Scotland but my husband and I want to go one day. We'll have to add some spooky locations to our itinerary. I've heard of Overtoun Bridge! It's so strange. I would also not look at the Ballechin House if I had to drive past it every day.

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    1. Hopefully you’ll get one day once this virus decides to let us travel again!! Definitely plan a spooky itinerary, there are a lot to choose from!

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  5. I love this list! Scotland has so many spooky places, I think I would make a trip there just to hunt for ghosts๐Ÿ˜

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  6. What a fun, spooky topic! My dad's side of the family emigrated from Scotland to Canada (Nova Scotia) to the U.S. back in the day, so I'm always interested in learning more about my Scottish heritage. We're planning a family history trip there in June 2021 - we'll see if it happens or not. Stupid COVID.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. I hope you manage to make the trip next year, I’d love to say COVID will be away by then but who knows!

      We have lots of good genealogy records here so you might be able to find out loads about your family history!

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  7. I adore this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    My post.

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  8. Ooo I loved this "ghost tour" through Scotland!

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  9. Oh, I love this! If traveling ever opens up again I'd like to mark these spots to visit. Thanks for sharing these fascinating legends! :)

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  10. Scotland is one of my favourite places, my mum's family is from there so we visited a LOT as kids, I went to Uni there and we stay there every Christmas. Sadly though, the only place on here I've been is the underground vaults in Edinburgh (I did the ghost tour as well, it was a lot of fun). I definitely need to explore more, I've only really done the Central Belt!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/top-ten-tuesday-287/

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    1. Brilliant, its a great place to visit though the weather can be a hit or a miss! The vaults just scared me silly, they are very creepy. Definitely head further north if you can!

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  11. I've been to Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge but never had the chance to go to Culloden. I studied the Jacobites at school and have always wanted to go there. I stayed in Gorebridge for a week and all kinds of creepy and weird things happened while we were there. Those dolls are mega creepy...

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    1. They are very creepy! Culloden just gave mine the chills when I went there, it was incredibly eerie.

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  12. This was so cool to read! Makes me want to take a trip to Scotland.

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  13. Thank you for the creepy tour of Scotland! I'll be sure to check some of these out the next time I visit :)

    Here's my post.

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  14. What a wonderful post! I'd love to visit Scotland someday.

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  15. What a wonderful idea for this week's TTT! I really enjoyed your post. I have always wanted to visit Scotland... now I know of some places to stop by when I eventually go. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    My TTT: https://herbookishdesires.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/top-ten-tuesday-halloween-freebie%f0%9f%8e%83/

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  16. I love that you took me to Scotland, because I hope to go there someday.

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  17. What a fun and spooky trip around Scotland! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. These photos are amazing! I've been to Edinburgh once and totally loved it. I'd love to go back and see all of Scotland someday. :D

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  19. Love this Tuesday topic. Perfect for this week.

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  20. I love your spin on this Halloween prompt!

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  21. Wow! I love this list! I'm always interested in seeing what Scotland looks like! Awesome list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  22. Well Scotland just skyrocketed up my to visit list! It wasn't particularly low on the list in the first place but those are the eeriest pictures and just gorgeous! Fantastic take on this topic!

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  23. I love this post and the pictures you chose! Scotland is very high on my bucket list of places to visit. I can read most horror but I don't like serious horror movies or haunted houses. Somehow my husband convinced me to go on a ghost tour in Charleston, South Carolina. It scared me silly! It's a long, funny (now) story, but neither of us slept that night! Underground Edinburgh would scare me even more! And those dolls are seriously creepy. The Dog Suicide Bridge is disturbing too. Poor things. Smells don't really seem to explain it. I'm sure they can smell small animals under other bridges. Great post!

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    1. I’ve seen articles on ghost tours in Charleston, I think I’d be really scared! I’m the same, I can read Horror and ghost stories but I hate haunted houses even those that I know are full of actors!

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  24. What a novel choice for a Halloween blog post! You could write a book on this, Heather. Dog suicides? A castle that's the inspiration for Macbeth? Wow.

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  25. Hands-down, this is my fave TTT post for this week - and maybe ever. I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I am OBSESSED with Scotland. Going to Scotland had been my mom's dream vacation for years and in 2009 I was able to surprise with a trip to Scotland. Little did I know, I would completely fall in love as well. It is without a doubt my favorite country, and I am excited that my daughter is nearly old enough to appreciate a visit for herself, with my mom and I of course. In fact, I love Scotland so much Eleanor's middle name was nearly Edinburgh. I went with 'Edin' instead, pronounced like 'Eden'. One of my fave things was the Burke and Hare tour Mom and I went on. It was a chilly November night with just us and our guide Dougal. I can't wait to return - and check out some of these locations!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I love that you love Scotland! That’s brilliant that you brought your mum over, I hope you manage to bring your daughter over once we are all allowed to travel again. There are so many great things for kids to enjoy.

      I’ve not done the Burke and Hare tour, it’ll be perfect to do at this time of year!

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    2. The Burke and Hare tour was great! We were in there in November, maybe if you try around this time of year, you will get the guide to yourself also! Or, of course, next year because Covid is ruining everything right now. We did the underground tour also and it was definitely creepy and wonderful.

      I am so excited for when we can travel. Mom and I would be blissfully happy to traipse all over your beautiful country for weeks on end and we can't wait to show Eleanor all there is to see <3

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  26. Loved haunted places and Scotland so this was nice

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  27. I have seen a ton of ghost hunting reality shows where they went into the Edinburgh Vaults. It seems pretty scary! I wouldn't go there for a tour at night, that's for sure. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I also think I saw one of those "family locked in a haunted castle for the night" shows about Glamis Castle. Do you ever watch shows like that? ๐Ÿ‘ป

    Thanks for sharing the locations. I will have to check them out. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

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    1. I was there on a hen weekend (bachelorette) and the girl who arranged it decided we’d do it, just the walk through Edinburgh after midnight to get there was terrifying!

      I’ve seen some shows, the most popular is Most Haunted, there is a castle about a mile away they visited with a resident ghost, they are everywhere, can’t swing a cat without a ghost popping out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  28. I love this post! Some of these I was familiar with but others - like Gorbels Vampire and Overtown Bridge - I was not.
    I always remember learning in school about how if you visit Culloden at a certain time on a certain (whatever day the battle was) day in April, you'll hear sounds of battle and shouts of the wounded and dying... I've always wanted to visit Culloden. I was supposed to do it this year and take my son on a "tour" of Scotland but it never happened because of covid. Fingers crossed for next year! He's at an age where I could take him to a lot of my favourite Edinburgh haunts too (pun intended ;) )

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