IT'S a bitterly cold October evening a few weeks shy of Halloween in Linlithgow.
PARANORMAL researchers claim to have uncovered proof that there really are ghostly goings on at the stretch of the Angus coast where the Royal Flying Corps established Britain's first operational military airfield.
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Greyfriars Kirkyard's rich history makes it a magnet for tourists to Scotland's capital ever keen to be snapped next to the grave of the legendary Greyfriars Bobby and find out more about the place's chequered and sometimes dark past.
ONE of American TV's most famous mediums is preparing to pit her wits against a ghostly presence in the Capital.
With their luscious green gardens, seemingly endless banqueting halls and countless bedrooms it is unsurprising that many of Scotland's best-known castles are now luxury hotels. But have some of their previous occupants, who have witnessed the colourful and sometimes gory elements of their past , remained to haunt the hotel guests that now frequent their former homes? Here we take a glance at some of the country's hotels noted for their supernatural sightings.
It's just past midnight on a bitterly cold evening in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, an icy wind nips the finger-tips while wild screams fire back and forth along the Cowgate as stumbling figures stagger into the darkness under South Bridge.
A couple of years ago, a tourist from Minnesota visiting Ballindalloch Castle came across Clare Macpherson-Grant Russell, the Lady Laird, in one of the corridors, and stopped her to ask if she'd seen the beautiful lady in the pink crinoline dress who lingered in one of the rooms. "You should know about her," he said. "She's a relative of yours from 1750. Her child died aged five, and when you moved to the castle at the same age she mistook you for her long-lost infant."
NO-ONE could remember the last time a living human soul had ventured there. Certainly, it's been closed off to the public for more than 100 years - though few of the tourists and residents trundling past on their way to the Castle would even be aware of its existence.
EVER had the feeling that someone just walked over your grave? Ever sensed an eerie presence nearby that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Don't worry, if you live in the capital these experiences are easily explained - for Edinburgh is perhaps the most haunted city in the world, its past blacker than murkiest black.
SCEPTICS would dismiss the shadow that traversed Glasgow's oldest bar at 3.35am yesterday as no more than a trick of the light.
THEY may be more used to dealing with superannuation than the supernatural, but a Scottish financial advice firm has been forced to call in a priest after being targeted by a suspected ghost.
A STRANGE light is swirling in the dark rain-filled sky above Hailes Castle. Beneath it, four shadowy figures emerge through the gloom next to a ruined tower, their faces obscured in the dark of the night.
TELEVISION ghosthunters are to investigate some of the Capital's most haunted places in three special live programmes leading up to Hallowe'en.
WITH hundreds of years of feuds, battles, murders, curses and broken love affairs, it is no surprise that Scottish castles have more than their fair share of ghost stories. Whether or not you believe them, the tales of Scotland's haunted castles throw up some fascinating glimpses of the past.
THE star of TV show Most Haunted is coming to Edinburgh to try to fine evidence of one of the city's most notorious poltergeists.
A STAR of paranormal TV show Most Haunted is coming to Edinburgh.
STORIES of headless horsemen . . . wandering spectres . . . foul apparitions . . . everyone likes to be scared by tales of the unexpected and the paranormal.
A PARANORMAL conference is to take place in one of Edinburgh's most haunted locations.
A TEAM of ghost hunters is set to investigate a 15th century tower in Edinburgh to see if it is haunted.
A CAR park at Edinburgh Airport has been chosen as the third-best in Britain, while one at Culloden Moor has been placed tenth - and also the most haunted.