Glenarm Castle, Co. Antrim
Glenarm has been home to the Earls of Antrim since 1260. Sir Randall McDonnell built the first castle on the site in 1636. In 1750 the fifth Earl had the castle rebuilt as a Palladian mansion. However, it was Anne Catherine McDonnell, Countess of Antrim, in the 1820’s, who had the dream of a romantic fairytale castle and added the towers, turrets, crenellations, and the dramatic Barbican Gate.
There was once so much paranormal activity here, that the mistress of the house had every room exorcised except the attic – to which, according to the story, all the ghosts immediately fled. The son of the owner says that there used to be a terrible stamping noise from the attic and that one night, the noise was so loud, he was sent to investigate. He switched on the light at the bottom of the stairs and went up. Suddenly, the light turned itself off and he realised that whatever was making the noise had gotten behind him. Somehow, he managed to get back down the stairs and never went up again. The noises continued for years afterwards, and after a skeleton was found on the grounds, the theory is that the house is haunted by someone who was murdered there.