Haunted Castles of Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Since Halloween is around the corner so to speak and I am fascinated with castles I did a bit of research and decided that untill Halloween I will post mini articles about haunted castles in Ireland, Scotland and Wales….

Leap Castle, Ireland

South-east of Birr between Kinnity and Roscrea, in Co. Offaly are the remains of Leap Castle. Originally an O’Carroll fortress, it guarded the pass from the Slieve Bloom into Munster. Said to have more than 50 ghosts, its dark and mysterious past includes the murder of a priest by his brother in the “Bloody Chapel” and the slaughter by their Irish employers of more than 50 Scots mercenaries in order to avoid payment. It has always had a reputation of being haunted and locals have described seeing the windows at the top of the castle “light up for a few seconds as if many candles were brought into the room” late at night.

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