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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
The hunt is on for castle ghosts
SPIRIT MEDIUM . . . Ian Wood has been a spirit medium for 40 years and leads the Sixth Sense Ghost Hunters

GHOSTHUNTERS are visiting Castle Douglas on Saturday to investigate the paranormal and raise money for charity.

Sixth Sense Ghost Hunters will be using Buittle Castle as their next venue and from 8 pm to 4 am a team of 12 dedicated hunters and mediums will be searching for spirits.

Funds raised from the event will go to Rabbit Rescue North Lancashire to help abused pets rescue, rehabilitate and re-home rabbits.

Ian Wood, leader of the Sixth Sense Team, said: “I have been a professional spirit medium for 40 years. Mediumship is about helping people, not about money.

“Our team are all passionate about ghost hunting and spend their time finding evidence of ghosts all while doing it for a good cause.

“I have always been interested in the history of Buittle Castle, so I am excited to finally investigate it.

“There are up to 20,000 people dead and buried beneath the castle since it was built in 1117, and it has been invaded by Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, so I thought it would be quite an active building to investigate.

“From what I’ve heard, if you stand in the grounds at night a group of knights on horses will appear and wave at you before vanishing into thin air.

“We’re more than happy to bring the public and any excess funds raised will be going to Rabbit Rescue.”

​Buittle Castle is a a site of significance in Scotland’s history and is now in its 30th generation of family ownership, broken only by a brief 60-year period.

Today, the current owners are decedents of the Balliols who once occupied and ruled this Royal burgh.

The castle and its grounds are being restored and revitalised with respect to its medieval occupants, and its long history since Roland of Galloway fortified the site in stone 850 years ago.

For more details, contact Ian Wood on 07491 111281 or email [email protected].

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