Hobkirk - Church
This church was haunted by shades unknown, but they were exorcised by a local minister.
Houndwood - Mansion house (not known if still standing)
This house was haunted by something knocking at the door, which manifested only once, taking the form of a lady who ascended the staircase before vanishing.
Hownam - Standing stones
These stones are said to be people who tried to reap their crops on the Sabbath.
An old postcard of Traquair House.
Innerleithen - Traquair House
Buried nearby, Lady Louisa has been observed drifting around the grounds of the building. They say that Bonny Prince Charlie sometimes returns to the castle.
Jedburgh - Ferniehirst Castle
This jade coloured figure has been observed in the large house.
Jedburgh - Jedburgh Castle (original building no longer standing, replaced by Jedburgh Castle Jail))
Unknown Ghost Type
While in the middle of his wedding celebrations an unknown hooded figure appeared - as the dozens of guests and entertainers stopped and looked at him, it grew apparent his face was that of a skull. The figure then vanished, leaving many startled people behind. Some people maintain the building is still haunted, though little supports this.
An old postcard showing Roxburgh Castle.
Kelso - Roxburgh Castle
James II was killed storming the castle, and it is reportedly his ghost on horseback that still charges around the area.
Kelso - Tweed
After dark, pre twentieth century
Fairies were said to have been observed dancing in the whirlpools in the river.
Lauder - Thirlstane Castle
The ghost of Maitland and those victims he raped and tortured, remain earthbound within this castle.
Linton - Hill on which the church stands
A man who killed a priest had his life spared on the condition his two sisters build a mound on which a new church would stand. The completed the task, although one of the sisters promptly died upon his release (either from exhaustion or joy).
Linton - Linton Hill
This dragon was dispatched by Somerville de Lariston; the brave knight covered his lance with burning pitch, piecing the dragon's armour and cooking it from the inside.
Maxton - Littledean Tower
Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Killed by a local witch, this former owner of the tower can be seen riding his mare, lost on the barren land. Another ghost story from the area says a woman returned from the grave to ensure that her hidden treasure was given fairly to the landowner and a kind serving girl.
Maxton - Triangular field in the area (formally?) known as Bowbrig Syke
Unknown - pre-twentieth century
For around a hundred years two ghostly women would walk around this field arm in arm, from dusk until dawn before vanishing. When the road nearby was being repaired, two female skeletons were discovered, after which the ghosts never appeared again.
An old postcard showing Sir Walter Scott.
Melrose - Abbotsford House
Scott, the Romantic author who died in 1832, sometimes gazes out of the dining room window onto his former lands beyond. In turn, Scott is said to have claimed that the house was haunted by George Bullock, his former assistant.
Melrose - Bemersyde House
Former owner of the house, Arthur Bryant Haig, is still said to mount his (now phantom) chestnut horse and ride through his lands towards a nearby river.
Eildon Hills, Melrose.
Melrose - Eildon Hills
The fairy queen kidnapped the Scottish hero Thomas the Rhymer in this area, returning him from the fairy kingdom in the same place seven (or three) years later. Thomas is reported to still live under the hills, preparing for the day his country needs him once more. The latter part of the same tale is also said about King Arthur.
Melrose - Elwin stream (aka Allan stream) which feeds into the Tweed
As with Beaumont Water near Cheviot Hills, this small body of water was once thought to be the home of the fairies, the circular pebbles within considered elf plates.
George And Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose.
Melrose - George and Abbotsford Hotel
Twentieth century, and 2020
Guests staying on the top floor of the George and Abbotsford Hotel would hear footsteps above them, even though there is nothing there. In 2020, the hotel featured in the local press; poltergeist activity had resulted in lights being turned on and off by an unseen agency, and the chef having her hair violently pulled.
Melrose Abbey, final resting place of Michael Scot.
Melrose - Melrose Abbey
Circa twelfth century?
An evil monk returned from the dead as a vampire, leaving his grave at Melrose Abbey to feed at a local nunnery. When the other monks discovered this, the bravest stayed up one night with a large axe, and when the vampire climbed out of its tomb, it was beheaded (although the vampire's evil presence remains in the abbey). The building is also the final resting place of Michael Scot, a great wizard who discovered the secret of flying, and was locally named as building Hadrian's Wall single handed.
Minch Moor - Cheese Well
Well still present
The well took its name from the cheese which travellers would leave for the resident fairies.
Newstead - General area
These guards are reportedly Roman and are heard marching across the land after dark.
Old Cambus - Fracture in a rock face, was known as the Fairy Road, and surrounding area
The Faery Queen would be seen just before dawn broke, travelling in her coach and six.
Old Cambus - Road leading to Church of St Helen
The concave nature of a stone on the road leading to the church was attributed to the foot of a mermaid (an untraditional untailed one) escaping from her jailor.
Peebles - Castle Venlaw Hotel
The sounds of sighing have been reported from one bedroom here - it is thought to be the sound of a guest who leapt from the window in a suicide bid.
Peebles - Cross Keys Hotel
This ghost could be mistaken for a typical public house poltergeist, though she also likes to talk to guests at the establishment. Room 5 is said to be particularly active.