The Leap Castle was an O'Carroll fortress. It guarded the pass from the Slieve Bloom into Munster. It was known once as Leim ui Bhanain. The O'Bannon clan, under chiefs of the O'Carrolls, were the first owners of Leap. This is a ”GateTower House”
Through turbulent centuries, Leap Castle kept watch for the lords of Ely O'Carroll and still stands fortress-like on its perch overlooking a vast stretch of the countryside. From here the O'Carrolls set out for victory and defeat, here they brought their brides and captives, within lurks Ireland's most intriguing elemental presence - unique in that it is reputed to give off a ghastly ghostly odour.
Leap Castle, Ireland's most haunted castle is open to visitors on request.