Originally known as Muchall-in-Mar, construction of the elaborate, five-storey Z-plan Castle Fraser was begun in 1575 by the 6th Laird of Fraser, Michael Fraser, on the basis of an earlier tower, and was completed in 1636. The Pearson family restored the castle as a shooting lodge and gave it to the National Trust for Scotland in 1976.
According to local legend, it is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a princess who was murdered in the Green Room. As her body was dragged from the room, it left a trial of blood down the stairs. The killers tried to clean the blood, but despite their best efforts the stains could not be removed.
Her ghost is now said to wander the castle. However, other phenomena include the sound of piano music, voices whispering, and children laughing and singing.
Pictured above is Castle Fraser courtesy of Topbanana.
Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LD.
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