Top Haunted Hotels in Edinburgh

14 October 2021

With so many places in Edinburgh said to be the home of ghostly visitors, why should the city’s hotels be any different - after all, with accommodation this good why would you ever want to leave!

We’ve selected some of the city’s hotels said to have a ghostly presence……

Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa

Built in the 13th century, this impressive looking castle is located in Bonnyrigg, around 20 minutes drive from central Edinburgh.

Turned into a luxurious hotel in 1972, the walls of Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa have seen many tales over the past 800 years, from battles and invasions to visits by kings & queens. Dalhousie’s long and fascinating history remains throughout the building, but today you’ll find all the comforts you would expect from a modern luxurious hotel, including deluxe, characterful bedrooms and a range of therapeutic and beauty treatments in the relaxing spa.

As for any spiritual guests, Dalhousie is thought to be haunted by a number of phantoms, including Lady Catherine, known as the Grey Lady. A mistress of one of the Ramsays of Dalhousie laird’s, she was locked up in one of the castle turrets and left to perish by his vengeful wife. Her ghostly presence is said to frequent the turrets, stairs and the dungeons.

Indeed, the ghosts of Dalhousie have become so popular that ghost tours are now regular at the castle.

Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, EH19 3JB

Borthwick Castle

Red Rose Room Borthwick Castle

With 600 years of history permeating through its walls, Borthwick Castle has seen its fair share of historic moments over the years. From a place of refuge for Mary Queen of Scots in 1567 to an attack by Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1650, these walls certainly have a tale or two to tell.

After a major refurbishment in 2013, it is now a luxurious retreat, with twelve lavish bedchambers, impressive and yet intimate dining and lounge areas, not to mention breathing panoramic views.  

Voices, clicking noises and light anomalies have been reported by visitors, whilst legend has it that the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots wanders the halls at night.

The castle’s Great Hall and Red Room are of special note, the latter of which is said to be inhabited by the spirits of a murdered mother and her child.

Borthwick Castle, North Middleton, EH23 4QY.

The Witchery by The Castle

The Witchery By The Castle

Occupying Boswell’s Court, a sixteenth-century building just a few minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery by The Castle takes its name from the hundreds of women and men burned at the stake as witches on Castlehill during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Today, this opulent restaurant and hotel offers stunning décor, legendary food and an award-winning wine list. Guests can soak up the magical atmosphere in the elegant candle-lit restaurant or relax in one of the nine fabulously original and indulgent suites.

This lavish venue is said to be haunted by some of the innocent men and women who cruelly lost their lives during the witch persecutions.

The Witchery by the Castle, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF

The Scotsman Hotel

Scotsman Hotel Exterior

Straddling the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh and perched atop the city’s North Bridge, The Scotsman Hotel is a luxurious venue, with decadent floor to ceiling wood panelled rooms, grandiose marble staircase and stained glass windows.

Prior to this magnificent building being a hotel, it was the former offices of the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotsman newspaper.

And it seems that the past employees are still hard at work – the ghostly presence of a printer have been seen roaming the building.

The Scotsman Hotel, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR


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