Fear factor helps castles onto list of spookiest destinations

Ballyseede Castle

Accommodation for the afterlife is booming it seems as castles in counties Kerry and Meath have been named on two lists as the world’s most haunted destinations.

According to travel website Trip Advisor, Kerry’s Ballyseede Castle tops the list for spine-tingling sites, its gory history chilling visitors to the bone.

Set on a 30-acres outside Tralee, the medieval castle was home to the Fitzgerald who refused to swear allegiance to the crown.

This resulted in three centuries of bloody conflicts which ended with the beheading of Gerald, the 16th Earl of Desmond. The spirits of landlords past, as well as Gerald himself, are said to now roam the halls at Ballyseede Hotel.

Listing the world’s top 10 lesser known, yet equally as haunted, destinations, Lonely Planet names Meath’s Ross Castle as one of the creepiest places a person can stay. Built in the 16th century, Ross Castle is said to be haunted by the broken- hearted daughter of a cruel English lord. Born to cruel aristocrat Lord Richard Nugent, Sabina fell in love with the son of her father’s enemy.

While the lovers were eloping, their boat was caught in a storm and the young man drowned. Sabina died of a broken hear. It is said Sabina and her father can be seen stalking the grounds.

Guests can stay at Ross Castle from €60 per person per night and at Ballyseede Castle for €69 per person with the option of a free Ghost Tour. No extra charge for the ghosts either.


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