Haunted haven for Angus ghost hunters

Restenneth Priory, near Forfar, is just one of Anguss supposedly haunted locations. The medieval building is said to be stalked by the spirit of a monk.

Restenneth Priory, near Forfar, is just one of Anguss supposedly haunted locations. The medieval building is said to be stalked by the spirit of a monk.

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Angus will be a haven for ghost hunters this Hallowe’en with an abundance of hauntings and ghoulish goings-on to enjoy.

Glamis Castle is famously one of the most haunted castles in Scotland. A mischievous servant boy tripping up guests, a gambler playing cards for all eternity, a tongue-less woman and a Grey Lady are all rumoured to be very long-term residents will feature during holding Haunted Tours on October 29 and 30.

There have long been accounts of a ghostly pilot being seen at the original First World War barracks at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, while Edzell Castle is said to be haunted by the wife of a 15th century earl, David Ogilvy. The story goes that Lady Ogilvy was mistakenly buried alive but somehow escaped her premature burial, only to perish at the castle gate while waiting for someone to answer her calls for help.

In the aptly-named Forbidden Cave, halfway between Arbroath and Auchmithie, a ghostly piper can sometimes be heard. The piper sought shelter on his way back from playing at a wedding – never to be seen again.

On the roads around Brechin, where Hallowe’en in the City will take place on October 29, ghost hunters should look out for a black coach drawn by black horses. According to local legend, a former laird of Kinnaird Castle was condemned to ride in this coach for all eternity as a punishment for his evil ways and dastardly deeds.

Surprisingly, there are no reports of witches haunting Forfar where, in the 17th century, a witch hunt resulted in the torture and execution of several local women.

Fiona Scharlau, senior archivist at Angus Archives, said: “It’s quite strange that there are no ghost stories linked to the Forfar Witches, The witches were executed in the Victoria Street area, near to where the old windmill was situated.

“There are lots of spine-chilling tales connected to Angus. Many of these stories have been passed from generation to generation of local families, ensuring they continue to add to the rich heritage of the fascinating county of Angus.”

Further information about places to go and things to do is available at www.visitangus.com.