Heritage and Culture
Folklore Friday - Skibo Castle and The White Lady
Skibo Castle is a romantic and truly stunning construction, which was once home to successive bishops of Caithness. Due to renovations made by Andrew Carnegie at the beginning of last century, we can still admire its beauty today. There is, however a darker past in which this castle has existed. Centuries ago a local girl visited the castle. She disappeared and word circulated that she had been brutally murdered by the Castle's keeper. Legend has it that he hid her body within the grounds of the castle to dispose of incriminating evidence.
Soon after the girl's disappearance, a ghostly white lady began to appear within the castle grounds. For decades, residents and visitors lived in fear of the White Lady making an appearance, until later renovations of the castle led to the discovery of a female skeleton, hidden behind one of the walls of the castle. Given a formal burial, the girl was finally laid to rest and the haunting stopped for a little while.
In 1898, Andrew Carnegie bought the ruined estate and, in an ambitious renovation project, gave the old castle a complete over-haul. Carnegie's grandson, Rosewell Miller the third, apparently caught sight of the White Lady. She was seen drifting along a corridor and turned into a bedroom. Following her to see more of this illusive lady, he got to the bedroom, but she had disappeared.
They say that the White Lady's screams can still be heard today.