Stonehaven, Grampian Region
Muchalls Castle, built in 1619, is said to be haunted by the
ghost of a girl dressed in green, although some reports have
clearly stated that she has been seen wearing yellow. Whatever
the colour of her attire one thing is certain, she has frequently
visited the castle and has been seen over the years right up
to modern times.
story of the haunting concerns an underground passageway that
leads from the castle to the sea. In olden days the passageway
was used by smugglers and the daughter of the house had a boyfriend
on one of the ships that ventured to and from the Continent
in pursuit of their illegal activities. One day, having sighted
her boyfriend's vessel out to sea, she rushed to the underground
passageway to be there to meet him when he rowed into the sea-cave.
However, she fell into the water and was washed out to sea by
the strong tide and her body was discovered the following day.
weekend guest at Muchalls Castle in 1906 was passing one of
the bedrooms when he saw through the open door the figure of
a young girl dressed in a yellowish frock, touching up her hair
in front of a mirror. Assuming that she was a fellow guest at
the castle he said that he thought she would be down for dinner
in a few minutes, only to be told that he was the only visitor.
The same girl was seen again in the 1970's by another visitor,
standing in front of a mirror, adding the final touches to her
hairstyle. Almost certainly she was re-enacting her last preparations
before rushing down to the underground passageway to meet her
returning boyfriend on that fateful day so many years ago.
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