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Tales of ghosts and spirits abound at Aberdeen's most haunted pub

By T.K. Randall
January 25, 2024 · Comment icon 5 comments
The Old Kings Highway in Aberdeen
The pub as seen from the street. Image Credit: Google Street View
Regular customers and staff members alike have shared their encounters with the paranormal at the Old King's Highway.
The historic establishment, which first opened its doors way back in 1714, is situated in Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast and is widely considered to be the city's most haunted pub.

Like many centuries-old buildings, the Old King's Highway has certainly seen its share of ghost sightings and eerie tales over the years.

One former employee, who worked at the pub in the 1990s, recalled using the facilities one day during a particular hot summer only to find that the cubicle was freezing cold for no apparent reason.

"[In the] corner of my eye [I] saw a white shadow I could have sworn it was a young girl," they wrote.

"To this day I never went back into that toilet."
Others, meanwhile, have had possible physical interactions with the pub's ghostly inhabitants.

"From my experience one Sunday night about five years ago, only three people plus bar staff, I was at far end of bar on my own, no one near me, I felt a tap on my left shoulder, but when I turned round no one was near me," one visitor wrote.

Such stories are not uncommon, especially among staff members, with many recounting something strange or unexplained happening during their tenure.

Whether something supernatural really does reside within the pub's walls, however, remains a topic of debate.

You can check out footage from a paranormal investigation of the pub below.

Source: Aberdeen Live | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by The_Chauffer 1 month ago
Quite freaky seeing one of my local pubs on the homepage!  Was in a few years ago and somehow my shoes vanished.  Not sure if it was paranormal or not.  However, if any of you come to Aberdeen be sure to pay this bar a visit, along with Old Blackfriers and Ma Camerons.  Some of the oldest pubs in Scotland
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 1 month ago
Had you taken your shoes off and set them aside while you were in the pub? If so, why? Is that what patrons do at that pub? Just curious.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Shadowsfall 1 month ago
With you on this pallidin…..rains a lot in Scotland so maybe they were wet ? And they do like a good log fire maybe put them there to dry….
Comment icon #4 Posted by The_Chauffer 1 month ago
Im going to put this down the high possibility of lots of alcohol being consumed.  Pretty standard stuff in Scotland
Comment icon #5 Posted by papageorge1 1 month ago
Sounds close to commonplace for bars with that much history. I am a believer that places with much human history of  interaction and emotions are far more likely to have paranormal events. 

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