Feeling spooky? Add these haunted attractions to your Ireland itinerary.
Rumor has it that restless spirits from years past haunt Ireland’s ancient castles, towns, moorlands and beyond. These haunted attractions in Ireland are perfect to add to your itinerary if you’re traveling around Halloween – or just have an interest in the supernatural.
Overlooking Lough Sheelin, Ross Castle is considered one of the most haunted sites in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Built in in 1533 by the 12th Lord of Delvin, Richard Nugent (also known as “The Black Baron”), it is said that the baron’s daughter Sabina haunts the grounds in search of her long-lost lover. The two young lovers had planned to elope but tragically were caught in a storm on the sea. Sabina was saved, however her beloved was not. To this day, it’s rumored that her screams can be heard from within the castle walls.
Many have claimed to see a mysterious ghost on the grounds of Malahide Castle. It is said to be the late jester Puck, who served Sir Richard Talbot in 1185. Puck fell in love with a castle prisoner, Lady Elenora Fitzgerald, and then later was found dead. With his last breath, he vowed to haunt the property. If you plan on visiting Malahide Castle, make sure to bring your camera – many travelers have claimed to see Puck in their photographs!
The Brazen Head
One of Dubin’s oldest pubs, The Brazen Head visitors have reported sightings of late Robert Emmet who was hanged in 1803. Stop by for a pint and some paranormal activity on your next trip to Dublin!
Despite its appearance, Duckett’s Grove burned to the ground in 1930. The solemn sounds of an organ can be heard echoing through the ruined walls. Numerous ghost hunts have taken place here, most notably a TV show called Destination Truth. The grounds and castle are open daily to the public, despite the rumors of it being haunted. Tourists can explore this attraction outside of Dublin free of charge.
Want to learn more about the spooky history of Ireland? Read our blog post on the origins of the Jack O’ Lantern.