COULD Crosbie Towers, which has sat on the Fullarton estate since the 16th century be haunted?

One group of explorers think this might be the case when they got more than they bargained for when they decided to peer inside a few years ago.

One member of the group, Michael McKean, told his story to the Ayr Advertiser and Troon Times: "In May 2012, a group of friends and I ventured inside the then-abandoned Crosbie Towers, in late evening." 

Don't worry this did not involve breaking and entering, as there was no front gate, and a back door was open.

Michael continued: "We never made it up to the second floor, as we heard a huge bang on the staircase which petrified us.

"Also, a friend took a photo of one of the back windows, and it appears to show a white face looking out at us. This face, or whatever it is, never appeared in other photos of that same window.

"Now, it may have been a homeless person or something else that can be explained, but it also might not have been. I leave this to the reader to decide.

"We didn't just go to the house once, but quite a number of times. On the other occasions, we never heard or saw anything very strange, apart from a very creepy dentist's chair in one of the lower rooms."

A few months ago Michael decided to research, in depth, the history of the house. He knew it had previously been a care home in the latter part of the 20th century, but the history prior to that seemed cloudy. 

Michael discovered the house originally belonged to a Mr. Alexander Walker, a whisky-maker, and not Mr. Thomas Hood as stated on some articles surrounding the house. Mr Walker's wife, Isabella McKemmie, died in the house in 1902.

He concluded: "Perhaps fittingly, the house shares its namesake with a local cemetery, Crosbie Kirkyard."

The castle is known to have been rebuilt at least three times over the years. The ruins today mainly represent the dungeon of the old castle. Do you agree? Could Crosbie Towers really be haunted?