In pictures: 10 of the most haunted pubs and bars in Scotland

These pubs and bars have a spirit or two that can’t be found on the gantry.

Monday, 28th January 2019, 3:32 pm
Updated Monday, 28th January 2019, 3:36 pm
DOUGLAS JOHNSTONE- SMITH, MANAGER OF THE WHITE HART INN IN THE GRASSMARKET SAYS STRANGE THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING ON IN HIS PUB. A KEEN HISTORIAN HE CLAIMS THAT SINCE HE HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THE LIVES OF THE EDINBURGH CORPSE DEALERS BURKE AND HARE HE HAS REALISED UNUSUAL OCCURANCES. HE THINKS THAT BURKE AND HARE USED TO COME INTO THE TAVERN TO POSSIBLY LOOK FOR THEIR VICTIMS BEFORE TAKING THEM BACK TO THEIR LODGINGS TO MURDER THEM, THOUGH THERE IS NO DEFINITE PROOF OF THIS.

With such a rich history of wars, deaths and other such tragedies, it’s no surprise that Scotland is considered to be one of the most haunted countries in the world.

This traditional pub is apparently so haunted that its website has a section dedicated to its numerous ghosts  including the accounts of those who have encountered them.
Punters at this Grassmarket bar have reported having reported a number of strange occurrences, a pair of tourists even managed to capture a pic of what they think might be one of the ghosts.

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The castle, now a hotel, which dates back to the 15th century, is said to be haunted by a sheep rustler named Andrew McCornish who was imprisoned at the castle and later hanged for his crimes.
The former nightclub is now home to a streetfood hall and brewery bar, but it is also home to a ghost of a 'young girl in antiquated clothing', who was spotted by actors who had performed there.
The self-proclaimed holder of the 'most haunted pub in Scotland' title, the main spooky antagonist in this bar is the eponymous banshee.
Workers transforming this former West End church into a pub in 2010 refused to work nightshifts  because they were too scared of the ghosts they feared lingered there
Another pub built into the side of the South Bridge Vaults and another that seems to have its fair share of ghost stories - the most famous of which being that of the entity known as The Watcher.
This popular Inn is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy who drowned in the nearby loch. Dubbed the Blue Boy, he was even the subject of a BBC TV show with actress Emma Thompson.
One of Glasgow's oldest pubs, the 'Sarry Heid' was home to the skull of the last witch to be executed in Scotland and was said to have several ghosts -including the spirit of one of its former owners