‘Haunted’ Scottish castle with ‘ghost room’ available to purchase at a discount

A beautiful castle in the Scottish Highlands has returned to the market for another reduced price.

However, the property is said to be haunted by the ghost of a White Lady, and even has a “ghost room” which is known for its particularly high number of unusual incidents.

The magnificent Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland, believed to be the last great castle built in Scotland, is available to buy after a recent sale failed.

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Since returning to the market, the price of the property has also been reduced from £1.5m to £1.2m, as reported by the Daily Record.

The 40-room castle is believed to have been built between 1907 and 1917 and served as a refuge for Norwegian royalty during World War II.

Since then, there have been numerous reported sightings of a pale white figure called “Betty”.

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Scottish Youth Hostel, which at one time ran the property, said one of the top-floor bedrooms – which had previously been used as a child’s room – had experienced so much paranormal activity that it became now calls the “ghost room”.

Other apparitions visitors claim to have seen include a ghostly piper and even a sword-wielding warrior.

The B-listed building is close to the NC500 coastal road and has six floors – including a clock tower with a working bell – and in total covers around 20 acres of land plus a loch.

It is often called the “Castle of Grudge”, due to the fact that it was built after a bitter family dispute.

According to real estate agents Strut & Parkerthe property has the potential to be converted into a “world class resort” and is a “stunning blank canvas” with appeal to those who enjoy salmon and trout fishing, golf or outdoor pursuits.

Carbisdale Castle
Inside Carbisdale Castle

History – Château de Despite

Mary Caroline – better known as Duchess Blair – was the second wife of George Sutherland-Leveson Gower, 3rd Duke of Sutherland, whom she married in 1889.

After his death and a dispute over his will, the Duchess was found guilty of destroying documents in an attempt to obtain her son’s inheritance.

After a six-week prison sentence, the family decided to give him a substantial settlement, as well as a castle outside Sutherland.

In choosing the most important and closest site to the Sutherland estate, the Duchess is said to have chosen a peak that would be visible from the main road and railway line that the Sutherland family would have to use for traveling south.

The castle tower only has clock faces on three of its four sides – with the blank side facing Sutherland – as the Duchess reportedly didn’t want to give her late husband’s family “the time of the day”.

For this reason, Carbisdale is sometimes called the “castle of spite”.

Eventually purchased by Colonel Theodore Salvesen in the 1930s, a wealthy Scottish businessman of Norwegian descent, it provided a safe haven for King Haakon VII of Norway and Crown Prince Olav, who would become King Olav V, during the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II.

At the end of the war it was bought by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA), who operated it as a hostel before selling it in 2016.

Significant interest

Robert McCulloch, director of estates and agricultural agency at Strutt & Parker, said the property had “attracted significant interest” since it went on sale earlier this month.

Adding that its proximity to the North Coast 500, with the rise of domestic tourism, makes it an ideal opportunity for someone looking to take advantage of it.

Dora W. Clawson