Old Jack’s Ghost Stories from Scotland

This page has information about the places in Old Jack’s Ghost Stories from Scotland.


1. Edinburgh Vaults 

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It is a very popular tourist destination. In the 18th Century, the city grew, and the South Bridge and the North Bridge were built. The Edinburgh Vaults are rooms and tunnels under the South Bridge. There are many shops on the South Bridge.

In the past, shop owners and workmen used the rooms (vaults) under the bridge, but they were very dark and dangerous. So, the shops and businesses moved out of the vaults. Then,  the poor people of Edinburgh moved into them. 

Many bad things happened in the vaults, and there are lots of ghosts! Today, people can go into the vaults on a ghost tour. On the tour, you can learn about the history of the city. If you are lucky (or unlucky?) 😉 you might see or hear a ghost!


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More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Vaults


2. Greyfriars Kirkyard

Greyfriars Kirkyard is next to the Greyfriars Tolbooth & Highland Kirk  (Kirk=Church) in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The church and the churchyard are very important places in Scotland and they have a long and interesting history. The ghost story in Old Jack’s book is one of Britain’s most famous ghost stories.


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More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Kirkyard


3. Borthwick Castle

Borthwick Castle is 12 miles (19km) south of Edinburgh. It is one of Scotland’s biggest and most famous castles. Mary Queen of Scots visited the castle in the 16th Century. Some people have seen her ghost in the castle. Now, the castle is a hotel, and is used for weddings and events. (It is closed for repair work now. It will open again in 2014.)


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4. Leith Hall

Leith Hall is in Aberdeenshire in north Scotland. It is in the middle of the countryside and it has beautiful gardens. The hall has lots of old furniture, art and antiques. The gardens are open throughout the year, but the hall is only open from spring to early autumn.


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For more information, see the website: the National Trust for Scotland


5. Tulloch Castle

Tulloch Castle is in the Scottish Highlands. It was built in the 12th Century as a family home, but now it is a luxury hotel. The countryside around the castle is wonderful.


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More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulloch_castle


6. Blythswood Square

Blythswood Square is in the centre of Glasgow. It is near the West End which is popular with tourists. The townhouses around the square were built in 18th and 19th centuries for rich merchants. Today, most of the houses are offices, but there is also a luxury spa hotel.


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More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blythswood_Square


For more information about visiting Scotland see here. → http://www.visitscotland.com/