Inspired by the other thread about the ghost in the French rural farm house, I'm going to share one of my ghost stories.
Back in 2005/2006 I went with my family to the UK and Scotland, I was in my mid-20's. On the trip we stayed a few nights at a castle hotel, the
Melville Castle in Edinburg.
We arrived in the afternoon on a sunny Spring day, checked in and then went to explore around the castle and castle grounds. There's a beautiful huge
grassy yard which happened to have a soccer ball and perfect for playing, so I played with my family. It was a great afternoon, the hotel has a really
nice scotch bar in the basement so we were sipping some nice scotch while we were kicking the ball outside in the yard. Beautiful day.
Now it's approaching dinner time so the front desk recommends a local pub restaurant and we went to have pot pie or something similar for dinner.
Completely full and exhausted from the awesome day, everyone just goes to bed when we get back to the hotel. My brother and I share a room.
That night I had a terrible nightmare, it was very vivid. A bunch of children we're getting brutally and violently murdered out on the grassy field
outside we were playing soccer on that day. It was a very disturbing and alarming nightmare so I woke up pretty quickly and it was in the middle of
When I woke up from the nightmare floating at the foot of my bed was a dark shadowy figure of a woman dressed in tattered clothes just floating there
at the foot of my bed for a few moments till it darted to it's left pass the bathroom towards the door. It was so frightening and when it moved the
shadows moved too and the tattered clothes really stood out which made it seem so real.
I quickly flipped on the light to my bed and my younger brother woke up super tired, and I said I just saw a ghost!!! He said, "No way, are you
serious?" I said yes.... After I calmed down a bit, I went back to bed, we might have slept with the light on.
The next morning waking up we go find my parents and youngest brother to figure out what we're going to do that day. I told them I saw a ghost last
night, and my brother then says, "yeah he woke me up!" My parents are like "no way but that's crazy." Then while we are getting ready to leave my
mom says "check out this book from the hotel, I just flipped through it...has stuff about the history of the hotel, has some cool pictures too."
The book is a three ring binder with pictures and pages of the hotel history. I take the book and read the whole thing, it wasn't very long. On the
very last page it talks about a queen who is known for haunting the hotel. She visits room 106, floating at the foot of your bed, a female shadowy
figure dressed in tattered clothes. I literally yelled! "OMG NO WAY!! Everyone said, "What?!?" I said, "This book literally says exactly what I
saw!!! And we're staying in room 106!!!"
Everyone was spooked! My parents said "go tell the front desk, he gave us the book." I went to the front desk and told him and he literally laughed
at me in a Scottish voice and said he hasn't heard anyone ever say anything about a ghost and kept chuckling.
We took off for the day to be tourists and returned back to the hotel and I had a plan. My brother and I would enjoy scotch down in the basement bar
and then watch TV all night drunk in our room 106 planning to deal with this ghost, like confront her. Well she never came and we checked out the next
day to continue on our trip through Scotland and the UK.
When I was leaving the room looking at it one last time, I realized after the foot of my bed on the wall was a mirror. So I would have been looking at
my reflection, instead the ghost was floating in front of the mirror. That was pretty spooky to realize.
The ghost was the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots.
Here are some links about the hotel, Melville Castle.
Visitors have claimed to witness sightings of some of the castle’s more famous residents, including Mary Queen of Scots, who often used Melville
Castle as her hunting lodge.
The current owners as well as others have also claimed to see Elizabeth Rennie, wife of former owner Henry Dundas, while renovating.
In fact, there are several ghost reports on TripAdvisor from former guests. One review of Melville Castle hotel claimed:
“Our first night sleeping in the room we heard foot steps and loud crashes above us. Now the next day we talked to the reception as we came back to
the hotel. They informed us that we were the absolute top floor and nothing was above us! We were staying in room 204 which is the top floor directly
above the entrance. Apparently, room 106 is the absolute most haunted room on the property (aside from the bar area). They’ve had a guest leave the
hotel because when she looked in the corner of the room, a girl was upside down in the corner of the ceiling staring back at her.”
Unfortunately this is not what the hotel book said exactly. I was hoping to find on Google what the hotel book said because that was really surreal it
said exactly verbatim what I encountered.
Here's another link with someone else's encounter,