Known as one of Ireland’s most haunted castles, Kinnitty Castle in Offaly was built in 1209. Originally a home to druids and bards, it was burned to the ground by Republicans in 1922, then rebuilt to its current state in 1928. Today it operates as a hotel, though the high cross and abbey wall of the original structure remain – many of the rooms are said to be haunted.
The Geraldine and Elizabeth Rooms routinely leave visitors spooked, but the castle’s most famous ghost is the Monk of Kinnitty, Hugh. This (mostly) benign spirit has been spotted by both staff and visitors – Hugh communicates with one particular member of staff, and sometimes predicts future events.
, Offaly, is bursting with strange tales – one revolves around Harriet, the young daughter of the third Earl of Charleville, who died tragically in 1861 after sliding down the main balustrade and losing her grip. Her ghost is still reportedly seen and felt on the stairs, and some say that at night, the screams and laughter of a young girl can be heard.
Harriet's not alone – the first Earl of Charleville has also remained to walk the tower in a state of constant vigilance. Tour Charleville on a Mysterious Holidays tour
or plan your own visit; the Castle is open daily with tours lasting up to one hour.