From The Sunday Times
September 27, 2009
Glamis Castle exorcised of ghost-hunters
It was the setting for Shakespeare’s bloodthirsty tragedy Macbeth and is reputedly Scotland’s most haunted castle, attracting hundreds of ghost-hunters every year.
However, the owners of Glamis Castle want to put an end to the procession of nerdy ghost-spotters and attract a more discerning clientele.
Marketing chiefs at the castle, which is the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore and the Queen Mother’s childhood home, intend to rebrand the building as a family-friendly visitor attraction and promote its royal credentials instead.
“We don’t encourage ghost- hunters, we don’t encourage ghost-hunting TV programmes and we certainly don’t encourage people who want to come in and do overnight stays to try to locate ghosts,” said David Adams, the castle’s general manager.
“We don’t want anything to do with that. If you happen to believe that stuff, that’s fine, but we don’t.”
The landmark, near Forfar in Angus, is widely regarded among paranormal investigators as one of Britain’s most haunted buildings. Spectres are said to include the “Grey Lady”who prowls the chapel and a tongueless phantom woman.
Previously the castle has played on its supernatural reputation, hosting ITV’s All Fright on the Night, a ghost-hunt presented by Uri Geller, the Israeli-born spoon-bender and paranormal showman.
“There are various myths and legends surrounding the castle but they are just that,” said Adams.
He added: “There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there are any supernatural beings in the castle.”
Mark Turner of Ghost Finders Scotland, a paranormal research group, said he was astonished by the castle’s stance. “Glamis’s reputation as the most haunted castle in Scotland is its unique selling point,” he said. “Publicly announcing there are no ghosts at Glamis is like people in the Highlands stating there is no monster in Loch Ness.”