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Ghost sightings have been reported in many castles and manor houses. Few old castles do not boast the shade of a jilted lover tumbling from the battlements, a ghostly White Lady, a demonic Monk who vanishes if challenged, a poltergeist, a headless phantom, a spectral coach and horses or disembodied wailing. An especially common theme is that of a victim walled up alive within the castle, whose ghost haunts the castle for centuries afterwards, until the victim's body is found and properly buried. Some stories tend to be regional - spectral pipers on the ramparts of Scottish castles or demonic Black Dogs known as Shucks in the South of England.

Stories of supernatural omens are attached to many castles and the families that own them, generally warning of a forthcoming death in the family, sometimes specifically the lord, chatelain or clan chief. The omen typically takes the form of an unusual animal such as a white deer, a white owl, or a white fox.

In Scotland over a dozen castles claim the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots. In England several castles claim royal ghosts including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Berkeley Castle. Many of the best stories have an historical events underpinning them: often an execution or a murder, with supporting detail such as names and dates. There are also a smaller number of reported supernatural creatures that inhabit castles: fairies, banshees and goblins; giants and vampires, and elemental sprites. There are also a large number of ancient legends and curses associated with castles.

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These are all well-known and widely reported supernatural visitations. The webmaster (a rationalist) does not warrant the factual accuracy of any of them.

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Aldourie Castle      Dores, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
Little is known about this off-white spook that reportedly drifts around the strong house.


Annagh Castle      Lough Derg, County Tipperary, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Edmond Roe O'Kennedy      
Edmond was murdered in the sixteenth century before revealing where he had concealed his hidden treasure. Since his death, Edmond's ghost has appeared to visitors at the castle, blood leaking from a large slit in his throat.


Antrim Castle      Antrim, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Sinking Coach      
Every 31 May A coach pulled by a team of four horses which sunk into the pond drowning all on board is seen repeating the tragic accident once a year. In addition, a stone wolfhound which stands by the gateway is said to have once been flesh and blood - the dog gave a warning to an advancing sneak attack upon the castle before turning into rock. It now safeguards the Clotworthy family name on the condition it is never removed. Finally, the sound of heavy breathing can be heard coming from the ruined building.


Athcarne Castle      Donore, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, James II      
James II stayed here before his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne. His ghost is still seen at the castle.


Athcarne Castle      Donore, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Bloody Girl      
The ghost of a crazy looking girl walks around the castle, her hands caked in blood


Athcarne Castle      Donore, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Hanged Soldier      
The ghost of a soldier is seen hanging by his neck from a tree in the castle grounds.


Ballaghmore Castle      Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Richard Ely      
Richard was shot in the castle by a poacher. His ghost has remained there since. One of the flagstones is still discoloured by his blood and the stain cannot be removed by cleaning.


Ballygally Castle Hotel      Ballygally, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Isobel Shaw      
Lady Isobel jumped to her death from an upper window to escape a slow lingering death administrated by her husband. She now knocks on various doors before running away


Ballygally Castle Hotel      Ballygally, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Madame Nixon      
Madame Nixon is named as another ghost to be found here, and can be recognised by the rustling of her dress.


Ballyheigue Castle      Ballyheigue, County Kerry, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Danish Captain      
This ghost was once a well treated prisoner in the castle, who died trying to protect the building from a large scale robbery.


Ballymoy Castle      Ballymoy, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Cleaner Ghosts      
Invisible wraiths sweep the castle clean each Saturday


Ballynalackan Castle      The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Woman      
A ghost, the shadowy figure of an unknown woman stands at the castle entrance, as if in waiting.


Carlingford Castle and Abbey ruins      Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Henrietta Travescant      
Henrietta Travescant had a carrer as a pirate before taking up a new job as an Abbess. The ghost of Henrietta is one of two seen in the castle ruins.


Castlelyons - ruins      Castlelyons, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Boy      
A boy was killed by a former owner of the castle for misbehaving. The ghost of a sad little figure still haunts the Castle ruins begging for his life to be spared.


Charles Fort      Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
This woman leapt to her death from the battlements after discovering that her father had mistakenly shot dead her newly wed husband. Since her death, she has been seen walking through locked doors and was blamed for knocking at least two witnesses unconscious.


Charles Fort      Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Rabbit      
The fort is haunted by a (pythonesque) rabbit which attacks guards asleep on duty.


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Young Boy      
The castle is haunted by a young boy (seen in the same location as the blue girl)


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Hooded Woman      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a dark hooded woman accompanied by the ghosts of a party of monks


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, laughing children      
The castle is haunted by the ghosts of laughing children in a former nursery room


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Sounds      
The castle is haunted by the sounds of two Englishmen getting drunk


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Blue Girl      
This young girl fell while playing on the staircase, dying on the floor below. Her ghost is seen on the stairs or felt rushing past witnesses


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Charles Bury      
The ghost of Charles Bury, First Earl of Charleville haunts a tower in the castle


Charleville Forest Castle      Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Luminous balls      
Luminous balls of ghostly light appear throughout the castle


Clonony Castle      Shannon Harbour, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Man      
The ghost of a man, surrounded by a hazy, eerie light, stands at the top of a castle tower wearing old-fashioned clothes. This tall, gaunt figure is regularly seen by people driving by the castle.


Clonony Castle      Shannon Harbour, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Thin Man      
Spotted by a man driving past the ruins at night, this gaunt figure appears, bathed in misty light.


Castle Daly      Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Party      
A spectral party with music and laughter can be heard in the castle. Some reports say the celebrations end with screams and cries for help


Castle Donovan      Drimoleague, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Dorothy Forde      
Dorothy Forde was hanged by the O'Donovan clan who were unwilling to pay back a debt to her family. The inexplicable drips of water from the ceiling of the lower chamber are said to be her tears.


Castle Dunanore      Cummer, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Murdered Pirates      
A ghostly sailing ship drops anchor just off the coast. Battle scarred pirates use small boats to row to the castle where they carry chests and sacks of gold and jewels into the ruins


Dunluce Castle      Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Screams      
During a storm, the castle's kitchens collapsed into the sea. The ghostly screams of the kitchen servants can still be heard as they forever fall to their doom.


Dunluce Castle      Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Mave Roe      
Mave Roe died of a broken heart after being denied marrying her true love. Now her ghost in the form of a white lady haunts the castle.


Dunluce Castle      Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Man in Purple Cloak      
Named as either Peter Carey (an English invader) or Richard de Burgh (Earl of Antrim), this ghostly figure in purple walks around the ruined towers of the castle.


Foulksrath Castle      Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Sentry      29 November
A guard at the castle fell asleep while on duty, and was thrown from the battlements as punishment. Once a year, his footsteps are heard as he walks around to make amends for his failure.


Foulksrath Castle      Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Woman      
The ghost of a woman can been heard as she moves around on a staircase. She is accompanied by the smell of wild flowers.


Glenarm Castle      Glenarm, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Moaning      
The castle was haunted by a ghost until every room in the castle was exorcised, driving the ghost into the attic where it can be heard moaning and stomping around.


Huntingdon Castle      Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Trooper       
A Cromwellian spy was mistakenly killed by his own forces after returning to the castle disguised as an English Royalist soldier. His ghostly form is seen knocking on the castle door.


Huntingdon Castle      Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Barbara St Leger      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a former owner Barbara St Leger, along with the ghosts of one of her maids and several monks. The ghosts of Barbara St. Leger and her maidservant, Honor Byrne, amble the corridors, jangle keys and polish door-handles with their hair.


Islandmore Castle (also known as Thoor Ballylee)      Gort, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Son of W B Yeats      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of the son of W B Yeats, who once lived here.


Islandmore Castle (also known as Thoor Ballylee)      Gort, County Galway, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Norman Soldier      
W B Yeats claimed that he shared the castle with the ghost of a Norman soldier.


Kildinan Castle      Kildinan, County Cork, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Shoe Peddler      
The lord of the castle was betrayed by a peddler.The castle guard soon caught up with the treaturous pedlar, cut off his head, and stuck it on a spike as a warning to others. The ghost of the peddler has haunted the castle ever since.


Kilkea Castle      Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Stable Lad      
A stable lad was killed after being discovered in the bedroom of the lord's daughter. He ghost still walks the castle looking for his former girlfriend.


Kilkea Castle      Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Earl Gerald      
Every seven years, the ghost of Earl Gerald rises from the grave to rid Ireland of its enemies.˙


Killua Castle      Clonmellon, County Westmeath, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Jacky Dalton      
Jacky Dalton was a land steward to Sir Benjamin Chapman in the 18th century, a small wily man. He swindled his master out of great sums of money but turned to drink and committed suicide by throwing himself into the lake after his master''s death. With wild yellow hair, Jacky's vile-looking ghost now haunts the castle at night.


Killyleagh Castle      Killyleagh, County Down, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Countess of Clanbrassil      
In life the Countess of Clanbrassil was renowned for her charm and leadership abilities. She negotiated a pardon for her husband from Cromwell. Now her ghost haunts the great hall of her castle.


Kinnitty Castle      Kinnitty, County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Monk      
This ghostly monk walks the castle centuries after his death. He is said to communicate future events to those prepared to listen.


Leamaneh Castle      The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Red Mary      
Mary O'Brien was a Seventeenth century witch who hanged her servants if they made mistakes. She was caught by her enemies and left to stave to death in a hollow tree. Her ghost still returns to her castle.


Leap Castle      Birr , County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Prisoner      
Prisoners pushed into an oubliette fell eight feet onto spikes projecting from the floor. Around the year 1900, workmen hired to clean out Leap Castle pulled up the drop floor of the dungeon and discovered human skeletons piled on top of each other in the oubliette. The ghost of at leat one of them still haunts the castle.


Leap Castle      Birr , County Offaly, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Priest      
In 1532, brother turned against brother to shed blood. One was a warrior who used his sword to kill the other, a priest. The priest fell across the altar and died. The chapel has been known as Bloody Chapel since that time.


Castle Leslie      Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady Constance      
The castle is also haunted by the ghost of Lady Constance, who died in 1925.


Castle Leslie      Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Norman      
When Lady Marjorie's son died in World War I, his form appeared to Lady Marjorie as she sat in bed. Mistaking the ghost for a real person, she tried to speak to Norman, only to watch him fade away. He has since then been seen in the same room.


MacAulliffe's Castle      Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Bride      
A bride mysteriously vanished at the castle shortly after being married. Her ghost now haunts the castle.


MacAulliffe's Castle      Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Carrickogunnel      
Holding a bright lantern in an attempt to lure passing ships onto the rocks, the repulsive ghost of Carrickogunnel haunts the castle.


Malahide Castle      Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Puck      
Puck only stands 120 centimetres tall and possesses a long matted beard. He is said to be the ghost of a watchman who fell asleep and failed to see approaching enemy soldiers, then took his own life out of shame.


Castle Matrix      Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Earl Gerald      
Every seven years the ghost of Earl Gerald walks under Lough Gur, emerging on the back of a black horse to visit the castle, his former home.


Castle Matrix      Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Earl James      
A former earl, James, was murdered by his servants. His ghost still haunts the castle


Rathfarnham Castle      Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Dog      
The castle is also haunted by a dog, which gave his life trying to save his master who had fallen into an ice covered pond.


Rathfarnham Castle      Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Young Boy      
Frequenting the gate house area, this young lad is thought to have been murdered in the area.˙


Ross Castle      Mountnugent, County Cavan, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Sabrina and Orwin      
These two youngsters were killed as they tried to elope and escape family politics. En route, Orwin drowned and Sabrina died a few days later of a broken heart. Their ghosts haunt the area, and may manifest in the form of screams and unnatural cold winds.


Shane?s Castle      Randalstown, County Antrim, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
This pallid female wraith cursed the family with everlasting sorrow and misfortune. She is said to be quite tall and slender, with blue eyes and blonde hair. The figure was last seen in 1966, where the entity was said to be on her knees, crying, bathed in bluish-white light.


Skryne Castle      Skryne, County Meath, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a woman in white. She can be been heard walking in empty parts of the building. This ghost was once seen slowly dissolves into nothingness.


Sopwell (or Killaleigh) Castle      Sopwell, County Tipperary, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Screaming      
Screams followed by the sound of a body being dragged down a staircase haunt this castle.


Castle Strange      Athleague, County Roscommon, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Faces      
Built on a site of Celtic cemetery, the castle often has weird ghostly faces peering out of its windows.


Tullynally Castle      Tullynally, County Westmeath, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Butler      
The butler fell in love with one of the castle's cooks, but was rejected. He later hanged himself, though has been seen since, walking around the castle and its grounds.˙


Wilton Castle      Clough Mills, County Wexford, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Harry Alcock      
Once a year, as the sun sets, a phantom carriage moves away from the castle carrying Harry. The ghostly sight was said to have been so common that dozens of people would gather to watch the scene.


Wilton Castle      Clough Mills, County Wexford, Ireland
Ghost Haunting, Magistrate      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a former magistrate and the ghost of a one-time actress.


 

 

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