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From urban ghosts and famous haunts to haunted houses, castles, ghosts in the wild and more, Scottish Ghost Stories will leave the reader on the edge of their seat.
Scotland is a proud nation whose roots begin with a prehistoric race which almost uniquely in Europe was never conquered by the Romans: the Picts. By the early historical period this far northern land had also become peopled with Celts (both Gaels and Britons), Norsemen in parts of the far north and west and Angles in parts of the south and east. Together they formed a culturally and politically distinct nation recognised as a power in Europe and which remained a particular thorn in the side of England for centuries. Edinburgh became a cultural centre of global importance by the dawn of the 19th century and Glasgow one of the powerhouses of the Industrial Revolution.
Scotland’s landscape reflects its distinctive character. The Highlands are the only places remaining in Britain where true wilderness can be found. Remnants of the ancient pine forests that formerly covered much of northern Europe linger here and the country harbours fauna and flora found nowhere else in the UK – maybe even a lake monster or two! From Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, through the high peaks and deep glens of the Grampians and the Cairngorms, into the pastoral Lowlands, Scotland is steeped in mystery and legend.
The ghosts of Scotland are as wild and as fascinating as the land they haunt. Here can be encountered apparitions of Highlanders and Redcoats, pipers and harpers, fierce knights and wicked magicians, disembodied heads and hands and monstrous beings that are barely human. In addition there are the ghosts of celebrities like Walter Scott and Bonnie Prince Charlie and those of anonymous folk: monks, nuns, sailors, maid servants and factory workers. There are also numerous phantom ladies, invariably named after the colour of the gowns they are seen wearing: green or grey, pink or white.
The tales of tragedy or romance behind the ghosts are often as interesting as the hauntings themselves and the places they haunt are well worth a visit for their history and beauty, as well as for their legends. Scotland is blessed with a wealth of imposing castles and grand houses and many of them are haunted. So too are a number of its moors and mountains. There are even a couple of haunted beaches.
Released: September 2013
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Bradwell Books