• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Extinct
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert

Scottish Castle Ghost Picture Is Still Unexplained To This Day

Published 
| Last updated 

Scottish Castle Ghost Picture Is Still Unexplained To This Day

At this time of year, when the shadows are long and the days are short, we all like a good old fashioned ghost story, and this tale of a paranormal sighting at a Scottish castle might just be the one you need today.

It’s considered to be one of the best photos ever captured that purports to show a ghost, and it was taken in 2009 by a man called Christopher Aitchison.

Aitchison was out with his camera at Tantallon Castle near to North Berwick, East Lothian.

The castle, which stands on a remote and windswept headland, dates all the way back to the 14th century, and was ruined badly by the forces of Oliver Cromwell in 1651.

Advert
Here's the full photo, can you see the ghost? Credit: Christopher Aitchison
Here's the full photo, can you see the ghost? Credit: Christopher Aitchison

Over the years, it’s fair to say that the castle has seen some s**t, and that could mean – if you believe in this sort of thing – that there are some memories and spirits floating around within the walls that sometimes head across to this plane of reality.

That’s where Aitchison’s photograph comes in, as it seems to show a figure in the castle wearing a ruff and old clothing, scurrilously sneaking a glance out of one of the windows.

You could think that it was just a peek behind the scenes of a re-enactment, or someone getting way too into their day out.

Advert

However, no mannequins or guides in traditional costume are used at the castle.

What’s more, experts have confirmed that there was no digital editing or trickery used to make the photo.

What do you reckon that is? Credit: Christopher Aitchison
What do you reckon that is? Credit: Christopher Aitchison

Which begs the question – who or what is the mysterious figure standing high in the castle tower?

Advert

For his part, Aitchison said: “I was not aware of anyone, or anything, being present in my picture.”

Professor Richard Wiseman, who lectures in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, has had a good study of the picture and said: “The figure appears to be in period costume but we know 100 per cent that Tantallon Castle is not the sort of place that has castle as a base dummies or costumed guides."

Not everyone is so convinced though.

Tantallon Castle. Credit: Alamy
Tantallon Castle. Credit: Alamy
Advert

Alex Pryce, from Edinburgh Skeptics – a pro-science organisation – told Edinburgh Live: "When the picture is enlarged, it is quite obvious it is a woman with a carrier bag in her hand and her handbag over her shoulder.

“It is a woman in a pink jacket coming down some stairs with a shopping bag."

Whatever you believe, it’s certainly an intriguing tale, and the mystery continues.

Featured Image Credit: Christopher Aitchison

Topics: UK News, Weird

Tom Wood
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Nine-year-old goes viral as she passes out multiple times during slingshot ride

7 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Restaurant gets rid of plant-based dishes after losing patience with 'holier than thou' vegans

13 hours ago