Our Travel Editor Eimear gives us the scary low down.
If you love Halloween or spooky things in general, then taking a trip to some of Ireland’s most eerie places would be right up your alley!
The Hellfire Club (also known as Montpelier Hill) is situated in the Dublin Mountains and is one of the locations in which the supernatural novel ‘New Town Soul’ is based. Irishcentral.com describe it as ‘one of the most notoriously dark sites in Ireland’ and say that ‘it's a place where myth, legend and history blur, and where truth might just be stranger than fiction’. The ruins of the club and its remote location are only a tiny part of why the place is so creepy. Apparently, the members gambled, drank whiskey, toasted the devil and left an empty chair for him, should he decide to visit, which according to stories, he did. ‘Other stories involve local priests exorcising a demon from the club's black cat mascot and a tale of human sacrifice’, according to Irishcentral.com. There are many dark tales about what happened at the isolated and eerie site, a lot of which are believed to be true. The site is about an hour from Dublin and can be visited between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
Loftus Hall Wexford
Loftus Hall is known widely as the most haunted house in Ireland and is located on the Hook Peninsula. You can book an interactive tour of the abandoned house for just €10, but Loftus house will not be responsible for any distress caused by your visit, so keep that in mind. The house was built in 1350, at the time of the Black Death and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman and the devil. Visitor, Thomas Beavis, captured several photos on his visit in 2014, but one in particular gained a lot of attention. In the picture, the ghostly figure of a young girl can be seen, as can an older woman’s head in a window. The mansion is open to visit all throughout the Halloween period but you can check the website for more information and to read testimonials written by other spooked visitors:
Leap Castle Offaly
Leap castle has been used as a fortress, a home and a tomb. It is steeped in fascinating and turbulent history and is apparently a home to some horrific spirits, one of which is known as ‘The Elemental’. The Elemental is believed to be the spirit of someone who died from leprosy in the castle, hence it’s decomposing facial features, and when the spirit is present there is said to be an appalling stench. The castle features hauntings known as ‘The Murdered Woman’, ‘The Bloody Chapel’ and ‘The Red Lady’. It’s the site of some atrocious and horrifying happenings and would definitely be worth a trip.
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