Bethany McPherson’s skin-crawling experience at Lennox Castle with her ex and his sister is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine.
From smelling rotting meat and burning to having an object thrown in her direction, the 23-year-old is adamant the site – near Celtic’s training complex – is a hot bed of paranormal activity.
But it was when she looked back at the pictures from her trip that things started to get really creepy.
Speaking to The Record, Bethany, from West Lothian, said: “It was dark and I immediately felt uncomfortable. I just had this horrible sick feeling in my stomach.
“I had been taking pictures in what I think was a cellar where I could really smell burning.
“My ex thought there might have been a fire lit there at some point recently but we looked around and couldn’t find one.”
“When we looked back at my my pictures, you can see this wee girl in one of the windows.
Bethany explained that she only discovered the site’s dark history after she made the trip.
The young spiritualist developed a love of exploring abandoned places just before she fell pregnant at 19.
Having previously been to other sites – such as Ayrshire’s Loudon Castle in and Bangour Village Hospital in West Lothian – Lennox Castle remains the trip that sticks in her mind.
Bethany and her ex first went to the castle earlier that same day, without experiencing any supernatural encounters.
But when they returned later that evening with friends, things took a dark and sinister turn.
She added: “We went into a bit which was a tunnel.
“I think it may even have previously been the morgue, as there were holes in the walls, but I just remember smelling this disgusting smell like rotting meat.
“I knew instantly. I had to leave.
“As we were leaving, we heard an object hitting off a piece of metal. We just started running to get out.
“I took that as a warning to leave, and I’ve never been back but I think about it all the time, I can’t get it out of my head.”
Despite the terrifying encounter, Bethany is determined to go back when lockdown restrictions ease, this time armed with some ghost hunting equipment.
She said: “I’m going to hopefully go back in the springtime when restrictions ease up, and this time I’ll take some dowsing rods and an energy monitor to try and see if I can actually capture anything.
“There’s definitely something there.
“I wouldn’t do an overnight stay there, no way, but I’d like to go back when it’s dark again and see what I can find.
“You always get sceptics, I deal with them quite a lot.
“I’m really open-minded and I fully understand that some people will not believe it unless they see it with their own eyes.
“I fully get that because I’m the same, but people who are closed to it won’t ever see it as you need to believe.”
Originally a thriving Baronial mansion and estate, Lennox Castle was built in the 1830s before being transformed into a psychiatric hospital in 1927.
Plagued with rumours of mismanagement and abuse, conditions got so bad that in 1986, the hospital’s medical director Dr Alasdair Sim broke ranks to say that he had never worked in “a worse pit”.
It was finally closed and many of the buildings demolished in 2002, with the castle itself also being badly damaged in a fire in 2008.