"A man working here on the island, on returning one night from the Telephone Box, was given a fright when something came over him from behind and caused him to be startled so much that he fled along the road. He refused to walk out at night after this. This happened close to the field where the woman's ghost has been seen.
"We have an old ruined croft on Sanday that was once inhabited by the last person to be physically born at Tarbet on Canna. The house was cleared of residents and fell into ruin. Early one evening, a local resident was amongst the ruins with his dog when the dog took fright with all its hackles up and started barking at the wall of the ruined house. Nothing was seen but the dog would not go near the ruins again."
[Stewart Connor, Property Manager, Isle of Canna]
"It was an upper class gentleman, and it was a bright sunny day at about 11am. I have no explanation for it. He was wearing baggy trousers, long socks, tunic, waistcoat and hat. It may have been George Bruce himself. I saw him as plain as day and went to see what he wanted."
[Nick Hoskins, former Head Gardener at Culross Palace]
"A cleaner also saw a female on the first floor gallery of the Oval Staircase. She described it to me as a lady with a long dress and it looked as if she was floating around the gallery. This spirit looked like a very hazy grey mass".
[Gordon Nelson, Collections Care Officer, Culzean Castle]
"A number of staff and volunteers have seen a figure which we believe may be Anna Forbes, wife of the 20th Laird. The figure looks very similar to her portrait, but is wearing a different dress. Anna's first son, Alexander, died in 1856 when he was six years old. On the anniversary of his death, people have heard the sound of children laughing, when there have been no children in the property on that day. The Property Manager also reported that their dog was very agitated on that date.
"I have only been scared once whilst in the castle. I was in the office on my own, finishing up for the day when I heard footsteps coming down corridor. The floor is stone and the footsteps were very distinctive. It was as if a heavy male figure was pacing up and down - they would reach a certain point in the corridor and then turn back. It was really quite unnerving. I locked up quickly and left.
"I have also experienced inexplicable smells in the castle including perfume and a foul, putrid smell.
"The other experience I've had was in an upstairs room called the Chintz Bedroom. We believe it was where one of the Lairds' wives had been imprisoned for a time. It is a very cold room. One of the chairs in the room has a throw on it. There have been several times when I have smoothed out the throw, locked the room and come in the next morning to find the throw crumpled as if the chair has been sat in. Also, items on the dressing table will have been moved.
One of the guides and I set a trap one evening. We smoothed the throw and arranged the items on the dressing table in their usual way. In the morning the items were a right angle to how we left them.
[Naomi Mandel, Duty Manager and Guide, Drum Castle]
"The other experience was different... I was looking around a bedroom in Lord Bute's flat, a lovely one, with fantastic ceiling decorations. I was there with a companion and we felt very "unwanted" in the room, as if we were intruders. We had a very bad feeling, like some energy was surrounding us, it was not nice, we knew we had to get out of there."
[Sonia Ferras Mana, Head Gardener, Falkland Palace]
I shut the door quickly and got a whiff of old rose scent on the air and a blast of cold air on my left hand side which came from the direction of the Exhibition Room. Skye was snarling and snapping and there was obviously something behind me, so I took the woosie ghost hunters option of walking very quickly down the corridor - forgetting all the other blinds, doors etc. - got to the end, turned around, saw a flash of white then shut the door. Skye immediately changed his demeanor returning to general pootling into the Gallery. I did go back, without him, and shut the rest of the blinds, shutters and doors - but this was following a stiff gin! I also kept all the lights on and took a very big torch!
"The other experience was quite pleasant and involves master sleuth Skye also. One lovely, calm summer's evening, when we were walking on the graveled area in front of the Main Entrance, I was taken with how loud and echo-ey the sound of my footsteps were crunching on the gravel. I didn't think much of it but as we circled the castle, I noted that the crunching, military rhythmical footsteps had also followed, and they continued to do so until we'd past the Yett, at which point they veered off behind us to the left.
During the evenings, working in the office, knowing you were on your own in the building, you would often hear footsteps in the corridors.
[Sally Eastgate, former Property Manager at Fyvie]
"A regular visitor who took her daily constitutional around the woodland saw regularly a large black dog on the stone bridge which disappeared as soon as she got closer. One day she was walking with her husband and she saw the dog again however he could not and after a discussion between them she was very spooked and had to be calmed in the tearoom where her tea was more in the saucer and over the table than in her cup! "Again in the woodland area, one of our volunteers has seen a young girl skipping along by the burn. The girl, who is dressed in the fashion of the early 20th century, disappears behind some bushes. We know at about that time a young girl was killed under the wheels of a cart in the courtyard.
"This story also links to a sighting by our First Gardener, Graham Duncan, who stays in the Lodge House here. Graham came down stairs one morning and a young girl of much the same description walked in through the front door and along the passage to the kitchen - she must have been following an older route that existed through the house as she actually disappeared into the bottom of the stairs. Luckily he is a level headed chap and I have not been looking for a new First Gardener."
[David Ferguson, Property Manager, Greenbank Garden]
"Often when working in the Office you'd hear footsteps above you - pacing in the Library.
"The previous managers have also reported a known ghost, "Archie", in his Plus Fours at the foot of their beds. Archie is thought to be the ghost of Lord Archibald Gordon who died in 1909 - one of the first people in Britain to be killed in a car accident.
"When locking up in the North Wing, you had to set the alarms in the Office, lock the door and leg it fairly quickly down the corridor to the front door to escape before the alarms when off. One particular evening, I'd locked the office door and started heading down the corridor... then all I remember is feeling cold and being shaken awake by the Gardener who'd been summoned by the alarms. Something had stopped me mid tracks. Apparently I'm not the first person who's experienced this.
A past story from Haddo is that a few years ago, the attics were being cleared out and tidied up. Following this activity a baby was heard crying and the sound was tracked to the attics. Apparently a medium was called in and it was ascertained that a spirit of a service girl with her baby was "trapped" and provided all the items were restored in its previous place all would be calm.
[Sally Eastgate, former Property Manager at Haddo House]
Elaine said that it was not a frightening experience at all. Elaine has also smelt pipe smoke in the Library on many occasions. This is where Mr Blackie used to smoke his pipe."
[Karen Fenwick, Retail Manager]
"The second time - again I was alone in the house and standing looking at the hanging lum when I was aware that someone was behind me, having entered the room from the Byre. I turned around and there was Lizzie, in her white apron, carrying a bowl. Just a fleeting glimpse again and then she was gone.
The third time at Moirlanich - I was once again in the house alone, in the kitchen and heard the sound of someone walking on the path at the back of the house. There were no visitors around at that time at all. Only me in the house and the other volunteer in the hut! Not prone to this kind of thing."
[Gillean Ford, Volunteer]
"He asked if things went missing in the loomshop, which they do all the time - until then we'd always blamed each other for moving items. Apparently this is the spirit letting herself be known.
"Another visitor commented upon spirits around me as I weave (the tartan loom is made of wood and is more than 200 years old).
"And then there's the human skull that was uncovered in the garden during the dig by our archaeologist, Derek Alexander in 2002....male, around 500 years old...another mystery!"
"If there are any ghosts or spirits however, I think that they're quite happy with how we look after the place!"
[Christine Macleod, Property Manager, Weaver's Cottage]