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3 Haunted Hotels in Northern Ireland (Updated 2017)

| On 04, Mar 2017

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Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a stunning Norman castle located on the northern shore of Belfast Lough.

Back in 1177, John de Courcy conquered eastern Ulster and built the castle as a headquarters to rule as a petty king.

He was removed from the castle by another Norman called Hugh de Lacy 1204.

De Lacy didn’t last too long though as King John laid siege to the castle taking control of it in 1210.

The castle remained in English hands until 1928 when it was given to the Government of Northern Ireland for preservation as an ancient monument.

The good news is that today the castle is open to the public.

So you can go and have a look around this great castle if you want to!

With such a long and eventful history you probably won’t be too surprised to hear that the castle is rumoured to be haunted…

In the dead of night, some spooked visitors to the castle have heard the eerie cries of a distressed young man.

It’s said that they come from a ghost of a young innocent 18th century soldier nicknamed Buttoncap.

Apparently, he was executed for killing his colonel’s brother!

But truth be told, he never murdered him.

The murderer was another soldier who was having an affair with the fiancé of the colonel’s brother.

In a jealous rage he killed the colonel’s brother.

Now some witnesses have claimed to see the ghostly apparition of the young innocent soldier next to the castle’s well.

 

Dobbin’s Inn Hotel

A stone’s throw away from Carrickfergus Castle is a hotel called Dobbin’s Inn.

Back in the 1200s, Reginald D’Aubin was given land close to the castle on which he built a tower house.

The house remained in the family for hundreds of years.

By the 15th century, their family name had morphed into Dobyn.

At this time, Elizabeth the wife of the owner of the house was having a secret affair with a young soldier from the castle.

Under the cover of night, she would creep through a secret tunnel which led to the castle to meet with her soldier lover.

Now, you can probably guess what happened next…

Yep, they were both discovered by her husband who in a jealous rage killed both of them with his sword!

In 1946, the house was converted into a hotel which seemed to awake the spirit of Elizabeth.

She now said to haunt the hotel.

Spooked guests have reported being woken by her in the middle of the night…

Apparently, she wakes them by touching their faces!

Other witnesses at the hotel have sworn to have seen her run from the reception to the stone fireplace were the old tunnel entrance is hidden.

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Ballygally Castle

The 17th century Ballygally Castle overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.

It was built by James Shaw in 1625 and remained in the Shaw family for most of its years.

In the 1950s, it was bought by the carpet tycoon Cyril Lord but today it’s owned by the Hastings Hotels Group and is run as a hotel.

Now the castle has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in Northern Ireland.

The spirit of a former resident called Lady Isobel Shaw is said to haunt the castle.

Apparently, she likes to knock on doors and then disappear.

It’s said that her cruel husband locked her in a room and tried to starve her to death.

Whilst trying to escape from the room’s window she fell and was tragically killed.

And now her ghost is said to haunt the castle.

Another spirit of a lady which is said to haunt the castle is that of Madame Nixon.

She stayed at the castle in the 19th century and it seems she like it so much that she never left!

Witnesses have heard the eerie rustle of her silk dress and her phantom footsteps walking along the castle’s corridors late at night.

There’s one room at the castle which is never let out to guests of the hotel…

It’s the small room in the corner turret of the castle and it’s called the Ghost Room!

Click Here to Stay in the Ballygally Castle Hotel