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Earlshall Castle
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This ancient haunted castle in Scotland is now for sale

Book a viewing on Halloween to meet all the castle’s ghostly inhabitants

By
Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Everyone has a favourite time of year, and if the creepy, ghostly tail end of October is yours, you might want to take a look at this. A sixteenth-century castle has just come on the market in Scotland – and it’s a genuinely haunted one. The kind of home goth dreams are made of. 

Earlshall Castle
Photograph: Savills

Earlshall Castle, which is outside a village near St Andrews, dates back to 1546 and is considered to be so haunted one of the resident ghosts is even mentioned on the property listing: ‘Sir Andrew the Bloody Bruce was the most notorious Baron of Earlshall. An officer of Claverhouse's dragoons, he won the Battle of Killiecrankie and earned his name in his brutal putting down of the Covenanters. His footsteps are said to be heard on the spiral stairs of Earlshall to this day.’

There have also been a number of reported sightings of a ghost of a young female servant wandering around the property, while the castle has a pretty eventful history, with royal guests like Mary Queen of Scots and James VI of Scotland – so who knows what other stories it could tell. 

Earlshall Castle
Photograph: Savills

As well as a couple of new ghostly housemates, your money will get you ten bedrooms, eight eclectic reception rooms, three cottages, a bunch of outhouses and 53 acres of land, including a beautiful walled garden.

It’ll come as no surprise that this castle has a hefty price tag. So hefty, in fact, that it’s listed as ‘price on application’. 

Interested? Book in a viewing for the Halloween weekend and you might just get to meet all the current residents. 👻

Earlshall Castle
Photograph: Savills

Find out more here

Not for you? Check out this house that inspired Wuthering Heights. Or this entire island in Norway which is for sale.  

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