Dramatic, evocative and steeped in history – Comlongon Castle is the perfect location for a ghostly tale or two… Adding to the intrigue, a young woman’s mysterious death and reports of unexplained activity: giving you a taste as to why Comlongon’s haunting reputation attracts interest worldwide.
On September 25th, we proudly launched the Comlongon Ghost Tour with two sell-out events. The date was chosen for its link to the castle’s most famous ghost – The Green Lady. The woman in question is believed to be Lady Marion Carruthers, a determined lass who fought passionately to live the life she wanted. Sadly, this wasn’t to be and young Marion died violently after falling from the dizzying heights of Comlongon’s look-out. Ever since, debate has flourished as to what happened in her final tense moments…
In the short time since our tour launch, guests have disclosed a collection of mystifying reports:
Erin Hickey, a fan of all things spooky, travelled from Edinburgh to visit the Castle, she said:
“There was a very spooky feeling in the Great Hall, like cold air across the skin of my hand… I suddenly felt light-headed, even though I felt fine five minutes earlier. It was a very unsettling feeling, unlike anything I had experienced before. I’ve also never picked up light anomalies on my phone before…”
Holly Thomson meanwhile described an unnerving experience in the castle dungeon:
“While in the dungeon, I suddenly became hot and started to sweat. This is unusual for me as I normally feel quite cold. It’s hard to describe, there was a bad vibe, something not right.”
Another guest felt decidedly uncomfortable in The Great Hall and when the tour was finished, declined to go back in. His friend *David felt fine during the tour but all was not as it seemed…
“On the night I thought I was okay until I started driving home and realised my nerves were a bit shot.”
Children are known to make their presence felt and while tour guest Mark Miller listened to stories in The Great Hall, he also heard a child’s cough. On a different occasion, three guests including Hilary Mitchell, Scotland Editor for Buzzfeed, glanced up at one of the rooms and spotted a young lass dressed for bed – nothing unusual in a hotel, but when you consider no children stayed that night…
Could it be the atmospheric surroundings coupled with powerful, real-life stories? Are these events produced by vivid imaginations or caused by an everyday source? Does the ghost of Lady Marion still roam, reaching out to those who can sense her?
Rosemary Kirkpatrick, who’s had a life-long interest in the paranormal told the team of intense experiences: initially, she sensed a lady roaming around heartbroken and picked up great distress in a certain area of the castle. Rosemary felt ‘awful’: her head was pounding, accompanied by a feeling of nausea, she just wanted to get out. Later, she learned this location was connected with Comlongon’s Green Lady.
We have an open-minded approach to the paranormal: yes, we do believe, however we pride ourselves in being balanced and always seek rational answers first. Currently, many of the reports we’ve researched do not appear to have logical explanations – which is not to say there aren’t any…
Sweet smells, cigarette smoke and the fresh scent of apples are among the strange manifestations: the latter is a signal that Lady Marion is close. There is a macabre theory for this…. Dare you find out more? If so, please join us on the next Comlongon Ghost Tour!
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Photo of Kathleen with kind permission of Catherine Vernon
*name changed to protect anonymity