The Stirling GhostWalk began, in 1989, as a community project organised and managed by Top of the Town Enterprises, and supported by the European Social Fund – as a way of profiling the culture, character and locations of the historic Old Town area. There is no shortage of visitor attractions in Stirling – with Stirling Castle, Argyll’s Ludging, the National Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Heritage Centre capably chronicling the exploits of Wallace and Bruce during the Wars of Independence and the glories of the Royal House of Stuart. The GhostWalk was a means of giving some of the lesser known characters and attractions a moment in the spotlight. On the Stirling GhostWalk the organisers are always keen to add a healthy dose of history to the myth-story. Local lore has provided us with stories of Kings, cutpurses and commoners. The great and the...not so good. And often the truth behind many of our best known tales is far stranger than the quaint and couthy legends they have produced.
Stories and myths - like History, itself - are the ‘Cultural Currency’ of our communities. Their meanings change over time. Tales evolve in all manner of quaint and curious ways. Sometimes they are shaped by chance – new elements added over time as generation upon generation of tellers add their own distinctive tweaks and tropes, sometimes transforming the original tale beyond all recognition - or this narrative renovation can be a more calculated process.
Stirling’s Old Town was once described as ‘the most densely populated supernatural square mile in all of Scotland’. If you want a good ghost story, Stirling is definitely the place to be. There’s no shortage of Haunted Houses and Spooky Places, either. For more information on where and when to join one of the Stirling Ghostwalks visit the website at http://www.stirlingghostwalk.com.
Why not consider this as a family event to attend while you are staying here in central Scotland in one of our self-catering holiday cottages if you are brave enough!