Balnagown Castle occupies a site that has had some form of fortification since the 14th century, and was the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan Ross. However, the present building was remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 1970's, it was purchased by the Egyptian-born businessman, Mohamed Al-Fayed. The castle is a category B listed building, and the grounds are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.
It is reputedly haunted by two ghosts - those of a young girl and "Black Andrew Munro. The apparition of the young girl is described as having green eyesa and a friendly smile, leaving those who have reported her to having a pleasant demeanour. However, the second phantom is remarkably different.
Munro was regarded as an evil man in life, with a vile temperament towards females. His ghost has been sighted within the castle, "staring at female guests". Other phenomenon include the sound of soft running footsteps.
Pictured left is Balnagown Castle courtesy of sylvia duckworth.
Balnagown Estates Estate Office,
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For further information, please read Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses by G. Stewart.