While no deaths were recorded at Knockdow House, there’s no reason why this Georgian mansion couldn’t be haunted. After all, it is around 267 years old, and a great many events took place here.
Knockdow House was owned by the Lamont Clan for around 600 years, where a great many battles were fought to protect the lands. That being said, Sir Norman Lamont, the last Laird of Knockdow, didn’t die on the estate, so it would be surprising if he did haunt the house!
Spooky Explorations in Edinburgh
Almost three hours’ drive from Dunoon is the capital of Scotland: Edinburgh. This medieval city has a fascinating history and there are plenty of spooky spots to explore.
For instance, there is a Mysteries, Murder and Legends tour, which is a haunted walking tour that immerses you in Edinburgh’s world of monsters, madness and murder!
During this tour you will visit many sites where pagan rituals, trials and executions took place, as you hear all about local monsters of urban myths. Take a walk up Calton Hill to visit the site of witch trials and pagan rituals, which is led by a knowledgeable guide.
After a little education about Edinburgh’s dark site, you will then visit the Old Calton Burial Ground, which has some extremely old gravestones. You may also visit Canongate Kirkyard Cemetery, where many notable people have been buried.
Throughout the graveyard there are countless mortsafes (iron cages). During the early 1800s, the University of Edinburgh started a prestigious medical studies programme, which inadvertently and unfortunately sparked an underground trade in corpses stolen by body snatchers, who sold the bodies to local students.
Eventually, this criminal activity became so heavily widespread that families were forced to protect the graves of their loved ones with mortsafes to prevent the bodies from being snatched.
Another spooky cemetery is Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard. This spooky graveyard is believed to be haunted by George MacKenzine, who is also known as the Mackenzie Poltergeist.
During his lifetime he was a ruthless persecutor who cruelly imprisoned hundreds of people in the Covenanters’ Prison, which is connected to Greyfriars Kirkyard. Many people who have visited the graveyard and prison have been attacked, while 140 people have collapsed during their time here.
You may also wish to participate in one of Edinburgh’s ghostly underground vault and graveyard tours. Descend into the depths of the Blair Street vaults to learn all about this labyrinthine network of chambers. Here, countless tortures and murders took place, and ghosts are believed to still abound.
There are so many fun and interesting ways to discover the spookiest parts of Edinburgh. So for those of you feeling brave enough, book a tour to learn all about some of Edinburgh’s darkest places!