Watching A Ghost Watching You

Watching A Ghost Watching You

By Gail Hodson Shirk, News Director SOR

Paranormal ghost stories are not that uncommon, especially in old European castles. However, Tantallon Castle, which dates back to the 14th century, and was ruined badly by the forces of Oliver Cromwell in 1651, is located near North Berwick, East Lothian, on a remote and windswept Scottish headland.

And of particular interest is the resident ghost that was photographed in 2009 by a tourist with a camera, named Christopher Aitchison. His photo is believed to be one of the best ever captured, as it shows a ghost in a window, looking out, watching the tourist watching the castle.

The ghost in Aitchison’s photo is a figure wearing a ruff and old clothing, which in other castles could be someone participating in a reenactment, and simply gazing out a window. However, no guides nor reenactments take place in Tantallon Castle, and experts have stated there has not been any digital editing applied to the photo.

Which then begs the question, who or what is the mysterious figure standing high in the castle tower?

Aitchison said: “I was not aware of anyone, or anything, being present in my picture.”

Even though the photograph has been confirmed as being genuine and unedited, not everyone is a believer. Alex Pryce, from Edinburgh Skeptics says, “When the picture is enlarged, it is quite obvious it is a woman with a carrier bag in her hand and her handbag over her shoulder. “It is a woman in a pink jacket coming down some stairs with a shopping bag.”

Wherever the truth lies, there is a castle, and a mysterious figure has been photographed standing in one of its windows. It is an intriguing story, and delving into the castle’s history could very well shed light on the otherworldly figure watching the tourist, as the tourist watches it. Until then, the mystery remains.

(Photo courtesy of Daily Mail)