Second Spirits of Scone event at Scone Palace a screaming success

With more than 4,000 visitors over six nights, Scone Palace’s second Spirits of Scone event was declared a screaming success.

The five-star visitor attraction transformed its grounds into a horrorfest in the run-up to Halloween to offer an illuminated tour featuring some of Perthshire’s scariest folk tales.

Historic Scone Palace collaborated with NL Productions and Perth theatre group Ad-Lib Theatre Arts for the six-night event, which saw gruesome characters from Scottish history brought back to life. A gravedigger popped up in the Palace graveyard, a ‘healer’ investigated for witchcraft shared her potions and a cannibal butcher, among others, populated the Murray Maze. There was also spooky storytelling in the chapel.

Heather McArthur, sales and events manager for Scone Palace, said:

“As several of our visitors pointed out, you couldn’t make up the setting we have here. We have a graveyard and chapel on hand, and it doesn’t get scarier than being in a maze with some gruesome characters. We knew there was a demand for making Spirits of Scone bigger and better, and expanding it from three to six nights proved hugely successful. The feedback we had from visitors was extremely positive and we’re already looking forward to next year’s Spirits of Scone.”

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Tickets selling fast for spooky Halloween event at Scone Palace

Organisers of an event that promises to transform historic Scone Palace into six nights of extreme spookiness are urging the public to book their tickets quickly.

The producers of the Spirits of Scone event say tickets are selling fast for a spine-tingling experience that will combine it with some of Perthshire’s scariest folk tales as it extends Spirits of Scone, launched last year.

The historic grounds of Scone Palace will be transformed into a horrorscape for the event, which runs from October 26th to October 31st. Spirits of Scone will offer a thrilling illuminated tour around the Palace grounds, including the graveyard and the Ghoul’s Maze. Some gruesome characters from Scottish history will be brought back to life with spine-tingling stories inspired by local folklore.

Heather McArthur, sales and events manager for Scone Palace, said:

“We were impressed by the turnout at our inaugural Spirits of Scone event last year, and we’re already getting a lot of interest in our extended 2017 event. That’s why we’re encouraging the public not to delay in booking their tickets.

She added: “We’re once more working with Ad-Lib Theatre Arts and NL Productions on the event and this talented creative team has really turned up the fright dial. Spirits of Scone 2017 is not going to be for the faint-hearted!”

There will be a ghoulish selection of hot and cold food available. All children must be accompanied by an adult and, due to the nature of this event, it is not suitable for children under the age of eight.

Tickets start at £5.00. Tickets and more information available at

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