Newcastleton, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle was supposedly built by one Nicholas de Soulis around 1240, in a typical Norman Motte and Bailey pattern. It stayed in his family until approximately 1320, when his descendant, William de Soulis forfeited it because of suspected witchcraft and the attempted regicide of King Robert I of Scotland. Hermitage Castle is now under the care of Historic Scotland. The castle has a reputation as one of the most sinister and atmospheric in Scotland.


The castle is reputedly haunted by the ghost of William de Soulis and the sobbing of the children whom he kidnapped as part of his dabbling in the black arts. Also the groans of one Sir Alexander Ramsey, who was imprisoned here in 1338, haven been reported here.

Hermitage Castle,



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For further information, please read:

Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks

Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe

Haunted Britain by Richard Jones

Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones

Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones

Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses by G. Stewart


Visitor Information

Newcastleton, or Copshaw Holm, is a village in the Scottish Borders, Scotland.

It lies a few miles from the border of Scotland with England.

Pictured is Hermitage Castle courtesy of Jonathan Oldenbuck. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.