Hear stories and legends of the town, as actors and historians treat you to spooky tales of the town’s curious characters! Explore the Royal Burgh’s Old Town with professional and amateur actors who provide a unique mix of comic characters, fun and frights.
It all begins in St John Street, where you’ll investigate Jail Wynd, Hangman’s Close, the Old Town Jail and onward to the Auld Kirkyard, Valley Cemetery, Cowane’s Hospital, Beheading Stone, Stirling Castle and many more.
Learn more about the Hanged Man of Stirling Tolbooth, the Pink Lady of the Auld Kirkyard, Auld Stanley Breeks and John Cowane’s Hospital, the Murdered Earl of Douglas and many more…
Ghost Walks run at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays from September to June and 8.30pm Tuesday to Saturday in July and August.
Other Spooky Locations
Take a trip to nearby Kilbryde Castle in Dunblane, home to the Campbell family since 1659. Legend tells of a young woman of the Cromlix family who fell in love with the Black Knight of Kilbryde. This knight murdered the woman and hid the body. It is said her ghost returned to the castle, dressed in white and covered in blood. According to stories, she beckoned a man to approach and took him to a nearby glen where he discovered her body.
Why not visit the castle to see if you can spot this mythical woman in white? It’s only a 10-minute drive from the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro.
The Lion and the Unicorn Inn, Thornhill, Stirling is reported to be home to Annie, a shy ghost who wears green and only appears to lone travellers. Fancy popping in for a drink?
Thornhill is accessed from the A84, past Blair Drummond, only 20 minutes from Dunblane.
20 minutes’ drive from Dunblane you’ll find Airth Castle in Stirling. Visitors at the castle have reported seeing a nanny with two children who supposedly died in a fire; the sounds of children are heard in rooms 3, 9 and 23; a maid crying and screaming, and a pesky ghost dog that roams the halls and likes to bite ankles!
Give yourself the chills. It’s only a 20-minute drive on the M9.
You can walk the ‘fairy trail’ in Doon Hill, Aberfoyle, to see if you can feel the presence of Robert Kirk, a 17th century minister who legend says is trapped in the fairy realm on the hill. After dropping dead on the hill, it is said he appeared in ethereal form asking for help in escaping the fairy world. In the centre of the trail you’ll find an ancient pine tree, purported to house Robert Kirk’s spirit. Pretty spooky, right?
Doon Hill and The Old Kirk is next to the River Forth, a short walk from the Visit Scotland Aberfoyle iCentre. (30 minutes’ drive from Dunblane).